What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Require the President to Submit to Congress a Cost Estimate of Military Operations in Iraq. (2003 senate Roll Call 278)
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H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Require the President to Submit to Congress a Cost Estimate of Military Operations in Iraq.
senate Roll Call 278     Jul 16, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

By almost all estimates, the war in Iraq will cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. However, in the 2004 defense appropriations bill-a spending measure which allocates federal funding for defense purposes for the upcoming year- Republicans failed to include a single dollar for the war in Iraq. Progressives viewed this tactic as a way to hide the true costs of the war from taxpayers until the U.S. was firmly entrenched in the region; at that point, they noted, the Bush Administration would present Congress with a supplemental spending bill to cover the costs of the war that have already accrued and thereby bind Congress into providing the money. In an effort to budget for war costs ahead of time, Senator Dorgan (D-ND) introduced an amendment which would have required the president to submit to Congress a cost estimate of military operations in Iraq. Senator Stevens (R-AK) motioned to table (kill) the Dorgan amendment and the motion passed on a nearly party-line vote of 53-41 thereby defeating Dorgan's proposal.

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