What: All Issues : War & Peace : War with Iraq : H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Require the Defense Secretary to Submit to Congress a Cost Estimate of Military Operations in Iraq. (2003 senate Roll Call 281)
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H.R. 2658. Fiscal 2004 Defense Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Require the Defense Secretary to Submit to Congress a Cost Estimate of Military Operations in Iraq.
senate Roll Call 281     Jul 16, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

The war in Iraq is costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. However, the 2004 defense appropriations bill contained no money for Iraqi war costs. In the view of Progressives, this omission was intended to hide the true costs of the war from taxpayers until the U.S. was firmly entrenched in the region. Then, Progressives noted, the Bush Administration would present Congress with a supplemental spending bill to cover war costs that have already accrued and thereby bind Congress into providing the money. In an effort provide Congress with cost estimates ahead of time, Senator Boxer (DCA) proposed an amendment which would have required the Defense Secretary to submit a report to Congress every thirty days detailing the costs of military action, the number of troops deployed in the region, and any contributions that have been received from foreign governments. Progressives supported Boxer's amendment because, in their view, the Bush Administration was using deceitful tactics to circumvent Congress's power of the purse. Senator Cochran (R-MI) motioned to table (kill) Boxer's amendment and the motion was adopted on a straight party-line vote of 50-45 which defeated Boxer's measure.

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