What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Transfer $300 Million Contained in Bill to Strengthen Security at the Nation's Ports. (2003 senate Roll Call 294)
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Procedural Vote to Defeat an Amendment to Transfer $300 Million Contained in Bill to Strengthen Security at the Nation's Ports.
senate Roll Call 294     Jul 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

By most accounts, the nation's seaports are vulnerable areas for future terrorist attacks. To improve port security, Senator Hollings (D-SC) proposed to transfer $300 million contained in the 2004 homeland security appropriations bill from intelligence activities to port and maritime security. Progressives supported Holling's initiative as a way to strengthen security protections in a vital area of the nation's infrastructure. During debate on the measure, Senator Cochran (R-MS) motioned to table (kill) the Hollings amendment in accordance with a Republican legislative strategy of defeating all amendments to the bill to preserve a majority coalition of lawmakers who support the underlying appropriations bill. On a nearly party-line vote of 40-48, the motion was adopted and the Hollings proposal was defeated.

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