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 Increase Funding for Police, Firefighters, and Other "First-Responders". (2003 senate Roll Call 299)
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H.R. 2555. Fiscal 2004 Homeland Security Appropriations/Vote to Increase Funding for Police, Firefighters, and Other "First-Responders".
senate Roll Call 299     Jul 24, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The September 11th attacks have increased the responsibilities of police, fire, and other "first responders"; they must now meet their regular law enforcement and public safety duties while also be equipped to handle the possibility of responding to future terrorist attacks. State governments across the country, however, are facing severe budget deficits and many first responders have been called to military duty in Iraq. To improve the capacities of states and localities to handle future acts of terrorism, Senator Dodd (D-CT) sought to add $14.4 billion to the 2004 homeland security spending bill for police and fire departments as well as medical personnel. Dodd's amendment was the subject of a point of order, raised by Senator Cochran (R-MS), because it changed the spending and revenue totals in the appropriations bill and thereby violated Senate budget rules. Republicans voted to uphold the point of order in accordance with their legislative strategy of defeating all amendments to the bill to preserve a majority coalition of lawmakers who support the underlying appropriations bill. Sixty vote in favor of a proposal are necessary to overcome a point of order. Schumer's amendment failed to attract the necessary sixty votes and was defeated by a 41-54 vote margin.

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