What: All Issues : Labor Rights : HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill. (2002 senate Roll Call 226)
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HR 5005. Creation of a Department of Homeland Security/Cloture Vote on Anti-Labor (GOP) Version of Bill.
senate Roll Call 226     Sep 26, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

This was the second attempt to invoke cloture on the Democratic version of the department of homeland security. In the Senate, cloture limits debate and sets a time for final passage of the bill. The bill at issue created a department of homeland security to coordinate the government's defenses against terrorist attack. A central point of debate, however, was the issue of unions in the new department. The president sought to de-unionize the members of the department, removing a variety of protections for upwards of 70,000 federal employees. Progressives opposed this idea, wondering why the president felt unions were a threat to homeland security. The version of the bill they supported required the president to justify any de-unionization in terms of homeland security. They also supported cloture for this bill, in order to move it toward final passage. Cloture on the bill fell ten votes short of the 60 needed for passage, 50-49.

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