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Sponsors: Rep. W.D. Smith
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 4488
Introduced in the House on February 18, 2003
Introduced in the Senate on February 25, 2003
Adopted by the General Assembly on June 4, 2003
Summary: Defense appropriations
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/18/2003 House Introduced HJ-2 2/18/2003 House Referred to Committee on Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-2 2/19/2003 House Committee report: Favorable Invitations and Memorial Resolutions HJ-8 2/20/2003 House Adopted, sent to Senate HJ-31 2/20/2003 House Roll call Yeas-79 Nays-20 HJ-33 2/20/2003 Scrivener's error corrected 2/25/2003 Senate Introduced SJ-15 2/25/2003 Senate Referred to Committee on General SJ-15 3/11/2003 Senate Recalled from Committee on General SJ-20 6/4/2003 Senate Adopted, returned to House with concurrence SJ-110
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
March 11, 2003
S. Printed 3/11/03--S.
Read the first time February 25, 2003.
TO MEMORIALIZE THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES TO GIVE FIRST PRIORITY TO SUPPORTING AND PASSING THE DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL BEFORE OTHER APPROPRIATION MEASURES.
Whereas, the security of our nation and people is the first and foremost obligation of our United States federal government; and
Whereas, the men and women of our United States armed forces now serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Merchant Marines, National Guard and Reserves have shown great courage and self-sacrifice and deserve to be equipped with the best weapons and resources to protect our nation; and
Whereas, in past years politicians have delayed passing the Defense Appropriations Bill until late in the budget year so that the Defense Appropriations Bill was misused as a dumping ground for pork barrel spending and as a political hostage to pork barrel spending in other appropriations bills; and
Whereas, in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, on America, President Bush asked that the Congress of the United States pass the Defense Appropriations Bill before passing other spending bills; and
Whereas, Congress acted responsibly in the spring of 2002 when it passed the Defense Appropriations Bill first, thereby protecting the men and women in our armed forces from becoming pawns for politicians' spending maneuvers. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly, by this resolution, memorialize the Congress of the United States to give first priority to supporting and passing the Defense Appropriations Bill before other appropriation measures.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and to each member of the South Carolina Congressional Delegation.
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