What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Native Americans : HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Protect the American Indian Gaming Industry, An Important Source of Revenue to Tribes, From Government Interference. (2002 house Roll Call 312)
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HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Protect the American Indian Gaming Industry, An Important Source of Revenue to Tribes, From Government Interference.
house Roll Call 312     Jul 17, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
No

The Department of the Interior serves a number of functions: it manages public lands, it administers a range of domestic programs, and it handles federal relations with American Indians. In relation to this last function, Republicans inserted a provision in the Interior funding bill for 2003 that established a commission to study Indian gaming. Progressives opposed this provision because they saw it as a way to undermine an industry that was permitted according to existing law and that had benefited a number of tribes. They supported a Hayworth (R-AZ) amendment that struck this gaming provision from the funding law. The amendment was adopted 273-151.

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