What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Nuclear Industry : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Strike from Energy Bill Section Creating a Federally Funded Research and Development Program for Uranium Mining. (2005 house Roll Call 124)
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Strike from Energy Bill Section Creating a Federally Funded Research and Development Program for Uranium Mining.
house Roll Call 124     Apr 21, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Tom Udall (D-NM) to strike from H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005, a section creating a federally funded research and development program for uranium mining. Making the Progressive argument, Udall called the relevant section of the bill "a $30 million giveaway to dangerous uranium mine technology." He expressed concern over polluted water supplies that could result from uranium mining, and attacked the provision as "corporate welfare" that would unduly and negatively effect the Navajo population of his home state, New Mexico. Udall summed up the effects of the provision: "At its worst, this section targets a minority community with a dangerous technology and uses them in an experiment. At best, it is an unwarranted giveaway to the uranium mining industry." Republicans countered that uranium mining was an essential component for domestic nuclear power production, which in turn was an important source of domestic fuel. In addition, they stated that the fund in the bill would enable researchers to discover more "environmentally sensitive" ways "to feed the growing demand for nuclear power." (Joe Barton (R-TX).) The House defeated the Progressive position when it voted down this amendment 204 to 225, with 24 Republicans and 23 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the other party. Thus, a $30 million research and development program for the uranium mining industry was left in the bill.

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