HOMELAND SECURITY SPENDING

For: 45 / Against: 51

The Senate rejected an amendment to increase fiscal 2003 appropriations by $5 billion for a variety of programs and agencies established or reshaped after Sept. 11, 2001, to bolster homeland security. This occurred during debate on a Republican measure (HJ Res 2) to fund government functions other than the Department of Defense at $386 billion-plus during fiscal 2003. The measure remained in debate. In part, the proposed increase was for agencies concerned with border control and airport and seaport security, all of which the GOP measure would fund well below their authorized levels. Backers called it vital anti-terrorism spending, while foes said the measure already contained nearly $25 billion for homeland security. A yes vote was to increase the bill's spending on homeland security by 20 percent.

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NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND SPENDING

For: 46 / Against: 51

The Senate rejected a Democratic amendment to HJ Res 2 (above) to increase spending for Title I education programs by $4.6 billion in fiscal 2003, to a total of $16 billion. Title I provides money for disadvantaged elementary and secondary schools and is a key revenue source for the No Child Left Behind Act, a 2001 law that requires states to test third- through eighth-graders each year in reading and math. Backers of the amendment said President Bush and GOP lawmakers need to adequately fund education reforms for which they claim credit, while opponents said the underlying measure already provided ample education resources. A yes vote was to increase No Child Left Behind Act funding.

MARYLAND

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GOP ALTERNATIVE

For: 52 / Against: 45

The Senate adopted a GOP amendment to HJ Res 2 (above) to increase spending by $5 billion for the No Child Left Behind Act. The money would be taken from the budgets of other agencies by means of a 1.3 percent across-the-board cut. This approach contrasted with a Democratic amendment (above) that increased funding for the education act by $4.6 billion but required no offsetting revenue cuts or tax increases. Democrats said the money could be obtained by scaling back proposed tax cuts. A yes vote backed the GOP amendment.

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BLOCKING ACROSS-THE-BOARD CUT

For: 46 / Against: 52

The Senate rejected a Democratic amendment to block a proposed 1.6 percent across-the-board cut, totaling more than $12 billion, in fiscal 2003 discretionary spending for non-defense departments and agencies. This occurred during debate on HJ Res 2 (above), which combines 11 appropriations bills not yet passed nearly five months into the fiscal year. A yes vote opposed the across-the-board spending cut.

MARYLAND

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WAR ON DRUGS

For: 52 / Against: 46

The Senate voted to deny funding for a program designed primarily to help state and local governments marshal regional anti-drug task forces. The vote killed an amendment to appropriate $500 million during fiscal 2003 to continue the Edward Byrne Grant Program. This occurred during debate on HJ Res 2 (above). Backers of the program said that by denying the $500 million, senators would all but terminate categorical grants that are popular with sheriffs and police chiefs. Senators opposed to the funding said the underlying measure already contained ample resources for law enforcement. A yes vote opposed funding the anti-drug program.

MARYLAND

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Allen (R)

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