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H.R. 1268. Appropriations/Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Fund U.S. Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Provide Relief to Tsunami Victims
house Roll Call 76     Mar 16, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a motion offered by Darlene Hooley (D-OR) to recommit with instructions (send back to committee with instructions to take a specific action; often a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill or amend substantively the pending legislation) H.R. 1268, the Emergency Supplemental appropriations bill. (Each year, Congress appropriates the funds necessary for the running of the country for the coming fiscal year. Later in the year, Congress also generally considers an "emergency supplemental appropriations" bill to fund activities or areas of need that were, arguably, unanticipated at the time of the year's original appropriations process.) Hooley's motion would have required that the bill be changed to include $100 million in health and $50 million in job-training assistance for veterans. Progressives and other Democrats argued that the United States was not providing adequate assistance for veterans even as the country asked "more of its all-volunteer military force than it ever has before," (Hooley), and that even more was needed than the amount of funding called for in this motion. Republicans countered that speed was essential in passing the overall bill in order to provide the needed funds for the Middle East conflict and tsunami relief that were the bill's focus, and that recommitting the bill would result in delay. The House defeated the Progressives and the motion to recommit by a nearly party-line vote of 200 to 229. Thus, no additional money for veterans' health and job training assistance was included in the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill.

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