What: All Issues : Education, Humanities, & the Arts : (H.R.2847) On a roll call vote resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority; the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas amendment to the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, which was designed to insure that $32 million of the funds in the bill for National Science Foundation education activities would be used for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities undergraduate program. (2009 house Roll Call 397)
 Who: All Members
[POW!]
 

To find out how your Members of Congress voted on this bill, use the form on the right.

(H.R.2847) On a roll call vote resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority; the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas amendment to the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, which was designed to insure that $32 million of the funds in the bill for National Science Foundation education activities would be used for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities undergraduate program.
house Roll Call 397     Jun 18, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote generated by one of a series of procedural moves of the Republican minority, which were designed to protest the decision of the Democratic majority to limit the number of amendments that could be offered to H.R. 2847, the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice and for federal science and other programs.

The Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Amendment, which had passed the House, insured that $32 million of the funds in the bill for National Science Foundation education activities would be used for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities undergraduate program. It is common practice in the House, after any vote, for the Speaker to declare, “without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table”. According to the House Floor Procedural Manual: “(I)f no objection is raised, this has the parliamentary effect of ending any possibility that another vote . . . can take place.”  The Manual also notes that objection is often raised, and a motion is made to reconsider the previous vote, “when Members (usually minority Members) determine there is a need to slow down the legislative process.” This is what occurred here.

The vote was 166-250. One hundred and sixty-two Republicans and four Democrats voted “aye”. Two hundred and thirty-nine Democrats and eleven Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, the motion to reconsider the vote approving the Eddie Bernice Johnson Amendment was defeated, the language to insure that $32 million be used for Historically Black Colleges and Universities stayed intact, and the legislative process was delayed for a few minutes.

Issue Areas:

Find your Member of
Congress' votes

Select by Name