What: All Issues : Human Rights & Civil Liberties : Enfranchising the Disenfranchised/Voting Rights : (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 rejection of the Schock of Illinois amendment, which proposed transferring $500,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice from the Census Bureau to the International Trade Administration. (2009 house Roll Call 387)
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(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 rejection of the Schock of Illinois amendment, which proposed transferring $500,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice from the Census Bureau to the International Trade Administration.
house Roll Call 387     Jun 18, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote generated by one of a series of procedural moves by 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 vote followed the defeat of the Schock (R-IL) Amendment, which had attempted to move $500,000 from the Census Bureau to the International Trade Administration. 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.” That is what occurred here.

The vote was 177-241. One hundred and seventy-one Republicans and six Democrats voted “aye”. Two hundred and thirty-nine Democrats and two Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, the motion to reconsider the previous vote rejecting the Schock Amendment was defeated, no funds in the bill were transferred from the Census Bureau to the International Trade Administration, and the legislative process was delayed for a few minutes.

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