What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H J Res 122. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 459)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H J Res 122. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote on Rules of Debate on a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 459     Oct 10, 2002
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The Bush administration and its allies in Congress were determined to keep government spending low, even in the wake of the September 11th terrorist attacks and the softening economy. By contrast, Progressives and Democrats in general felt the terrorist attacks and the state of the economy only proved that more funding was necessary for a wide range of programs. The result was an impasse: the Democratic Senate and the Republican House could not agree on spending bills. Instead of compromising on the issue, House Republicans proposed a series of "continuing resolutions" (CRs) that funded the government at the previous year's levels for short periods of time-the CR at issue here lasted only eight days. The Republicans' goal was to make it past the November elections; if they could took back the Senate in those elections, their spending plan would have much better chance of passage. In the House, most bills are accompanied by a "rule": a set of instructions that dictate the conduct of debate for that bill only. Opponents of a bill will often oppose the rule as well because if the rule fails, the bill usually dies. Progressives opposed the Republicans' CR, so they opposed the CR's rule. But Republicans in the House were united on the matter, and that made it difficult to bring the rule down. It passed 225-193.

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