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 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 467)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H J Res 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 467     Oct 16, 2002
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With the economy weakening and homeland security becoming a top priority, Progressives felt it was important to provide adequate funding for a wide range of government programs. But throughout 2002, they and Democrats in general fought with Republicans over spending levels. Republicans followed the lead of the White House and insisted on low spending totals. The gridlock that followed left the government without money for the coming year. House Republicans proposed a series of "continuing resolutions" (CRs) that temporarily kept the government funded at the previous year's levels. Republicans hoped to make it past the November elections without compromise, because if they took back the Senate in those elections they would be able to pass their spending plan with much less difficulty. Like most bills in the House, the CR at issue here came with a "rule" that dictated the conduct of debate; the rule had to be passed in order for the CR to be considered, so most opponents of the bill voted against the rule as well. This is why Progressives voted against the rule: they did not want to see the issue voted on because they believed the underlying CR gave Republicans a way to avoid compromise on the real spending bills. They also voted "no" on a Hastings (R-WA) motion to order the previous question-a way of cutting of debate on the rule and calling it up for a vote-because they opposed the bill and opposed the rule that would be voted on if the motion passed. However, the motion for the previous question received the necessary majority support 209- 193.

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