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/Vote to Spur the Research and Development of Anti-Terrorism Technologies. (2003 senate Roll Call 295)
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Spur the Research and Development of Anti-Terrorism Technologies.
senate Roll Call 295     Jul 23, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

To spur advancements in anti-terrorism technologies, Senator Schumer (D-NY) proposed to add $200 million to the 2004 homeland security spending bill for the research and development of anti-terrorism technologies; especially for devices to detect explosives and inspect cargo containers at the nation's seaports. In the view of Progressives, Schumer's amendment was a necessary step to insure better security protections against terrorism. However, because Schumer's amendment would have changed the spending and revenue totals in the appropriations bill and was therefore in violation of Senate budget rules, Senator Cochran (R-MS) raised a point of order against the amendment as part of a broader Republican strategy of defeating all amendments to the bill to preserve a majority coalition of lawmakers who support the underlying appropriations bill. To overcome a point of order lodged against an amendment, sixty votes in favor are needed. On a nearly party-line vote of 45-51, Schumer's amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated.

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