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H.R. 2419. Appropriations/Energy/Vote on Amendment to Cease Delivering Oil to U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
house Roll Call 209     May 24, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Bart Stupak (D-MI) to cease delivering oil to the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Stupak sought to amend H.R. 2419, a bill to make appropriations (fund) for energy and water development for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Democrats, including Progressives, argued that the gasoline that would ordinarily be put into the Reserve instead ought to be sold to consumers to help contain the rising cost of gasoline. Stupak noted: "there is no reason to continue filling the SPR with petroleum products when our economy is suffering due to sky-high oil and gas prices. The suspension of oil delivery to the SPR would put additional barrels of oil out into the world market to stabilize the world's oil supply and provide some relief at the pump to our consumers." He also pointed out that "suspending the filling of the SPR does not hurt our energy security. The reserve is already filled to 95 percent capacity." Republicans disagreed, noting that this amendment would have tied the President's hands following an emergency that necessitated use of the Reserve's petroleum, because a law forbidding delivery of petroleum to the Reserve would prevent the President from ordering that the Reserve be refilled. The House defeated Progressives on this amendment by a vote of 174 to 253, with 38 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans. Thus, deliveries of gasoline could still be made to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, despite the rise in gas prices.

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