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 124. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Final Passage of Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities. (2002 house Roll Call 474)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H J Res 124. Continuing Appropriations for 2003/Final Passage of Bill to Fund Government at Previous Year's Levels Rather than Find Compromise Solution on New Spending Priorities.
house Roll Call 474     Nov 13, 2002
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Throughout 2002, Democrats and Republicans had argued about how much the government should spend in the next fiscal year. Republicans stayed close to the Bush administration's totals, which were generally designed to restrain spending as much as possible. Progressives and Democrats in general believed that the need for stronger homeland security and the weakening of the economy required a more aggressive approach to spending. To postpone the debate until circumstances were more favorable for them, Republicans in the House proposed a number of temporary "continuing resolutions" (CRs) that funded the government at the previous year's levels. The CR at issue here funded the government until the new Congress convened in January, at which time the Republicans, as a result of the November 2002 elections, would assume control of the Senate and have a much better chance of enacting their spending goals into law. Progressives opposed this CR because they wanted to force Republicans to compromise, but they did not have the votes to prevail. The CR passed, 270-143.

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