What: All Issues : War & Peace : Military Spending, General : HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion. (2002 house Roll Call 138)
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HR 4546. Defense Authorization for 2003-Procedural Motion.
house Roll Call 138     May 09, 2002
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The military authorization bill as proposed by congressional Republicans included a number of provisions that were anathema to Progressives. It allowed the military to study using nuclear weapons for "conventional" war; it gave the military an exemption from certain environmental laws for military training exercises; and it permitted the beginnings of a missile defense system. Progressives were opposed to all three, because they were against the use of nuclear weapons, supported maintaining environmental regulations for everyone, and felt a missile defense system was dangerous, expensive, and unworkable. Joining them in opposition was Taylor (D-MS), who opposed the bill because he was not allowed to propose an amendment to stop the next round of military base closings. To gum up the works, Taylor moved to rise from the Committee of the Whole-an entirely procedural motion that required the House to spend time casting a vote. Progressives supported the motion because they favored stalling the forward march of the bill. The motion failed, 51-356, but victory was not the object: the purpose was to bring the House to a standstill in the hope that the Republican majority would be forced to change the bill, or at least allow Progressives to propose amendments to it. This was only the first of many attempts that would together take debate into the small hours of the morning.

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