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/Final Passage of a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 470)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H J Res 123. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Final Passage of a Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 470     Oct 16, 2002
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Republicans and Democrats fought throughout 2002 over government spending for 2003. Republicans wanted to stick with strict spending limits suggested by the Bush administration. Progressives and Democrats in general felt the weakening economy and the need for greater homeland security meant it was better to err on the side of providing too much funding. Rather than pursue compromise on the issue, Republicans in the House proposed a series of "continuing resolutions" (CRs) that kept the government funded at the previous year's levels for short stretches of time. 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. The CR at issue here lasted one month, and so gave Republicans cover from the issue until after the November elections. Progressives and Democrats in general wanted to force Republicans into compromising on spending, so they had no desire to postpone the matter until after the elections. They voted "no" on this stopgap spending measure, but it passed 228-172.

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