What: All Issues : War & Peace : Well-Being of America's Military Personnel : (H.R. 5822) On an amendment to a Veterans Affairs Department funding bill that would have increased funding for veterans’ cemeteries by $7 million and cut funding for military base construction projects by $7 million (2010 house Roll Call 481)
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(H.R. 5822) On an amendment to a Veterans Affairs Department funding bill that would have increased funding for veterans’ cemeteries by $7 million and cut funding for military base construction projects by $7 million
house Roll Call 481     Jul 28, 2010
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) that would have increased funding for veterans’ cemeteries by $7 million and cut funding for military base construction projects by $7 million.

Garrett urged support for the amendment: “This amendment would increase the amount of funding for grants for construction of States veterans cemeteries by $7 million while reducing funding for grants for construction of minor projects by an equal amount. The VA provides funding for State veterans cemeteries through the grants for construction of State veterans cemeteries program….This is not an earmark program. It is a competitive ranking process….the appropriations bill we are considering today provides only $46 million for grants for construction of State veterans’ cemeteries.”

Rep. Jason Altmire (D-PA) urged members to oppose the amendment: “This amendment would adversely affect veterans in my district by shifting funding away from priority construction projects, such as the…extended stay unit in Butler, Pennsylvania. That facility is a vital source of shelter and rehabilitation for homeless veterans in western Pennsylvania, and I will not allow its upkeep and improvement to be compromised by this type of unwise amendment.”

The House rejected the Garrett amendment by a vote of 128-296. 108 Republicans and 20 Democrats voted yea.” 234 Democrats – including a majority of progressives – and 62 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment to a Veterans Affairs Department funding bill that would have increased funding for veterans’ cemeteries by $7 million and cut funding for military base construction projects by $7 million.



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