What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Make Across-the-Board Cuts in All Programs Under the Purview of the Treasury-Postal Appropriations Bill. (2002 house Roll Call 338)
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HR 5120. Treasury-Postal Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Make Across-the-Board Cuts in All Programs Under the Purview of the Treasury-Postal Appropriations Bill.
house Roll Call 338     Jul 24, 2002
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
No

Fiscal conservatives have generally felt that the government spends more than it should. They felt this way about the spending bill to fund the Treasury Department, Postal Service, and White House, even though the bill as proposed did not exceed President Bush's spending target by much. One of the fiscal conservatives, Hefley (R-CO), proposed an amendment that would have cut one percent across the board from all departments and agencies covered by the spending bill. Progressives opposed this move as a clumsy attempt to starve the government of cash. They voted "no" on the amendment, and enough Republican defectors and fellow Democrats joined them to carry the day by a large margin. The amendment was defeated, 147-282.

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