What: All Issues : Health Care : Veterans and Active Military Personnel : H. Res. 293. Defense/Procedural Vote on Governing Rule for Bill Authorizing Department of Defense Military Activities. (2005 house Roll Call 213)
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H. Res. 293. Defense/Procedural Vote on Governing Rule for Bill Authorizing Department of Defense Military Activities.
house Roll Call 213     May 25, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House approved the governing rule for H.R. 1815, a bill to authorize military activities of the Department of Defense for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). (A rule sets forth what amendments House members may offer, how much time each side will be permitted to speak, how long the debate can last, etc. A vote on the rule usually reflects existing support and opposition for the underlying legislation and/or loyalty to one's party.) This vote was a follow-up to Roll Call vote number 212. Democrats, including Progressives, opposed the rule, asserting that Republicans would not permit Democrats to offer many amendments that were important to them. In particular, Ike Skelton (D-MO) had wanted to offer an amendment to strike from the bill language forbidding women from participating in many combat-support military activities. In addition, Doris Matsui (D-CA) had wanted to offer an amendment permitting military reservists to have access to the same health insurance provided to U.S. military active-duty members. Republicans countered that the substance of the bill-funding the military activities of the United States-was absolutely critical, and that some of the Democrats concerns would be addressed in a "manager's amendment" to be offered during consideration of the bill. (A manager's amendment means an amendment that would make a number of changes to the legislation that are not necessarily related to each other. A manager's amendment is typically the result of work from many representatives, is generally offered by the lead sponsor of the bill (who "manages" the debate on the House floor), and almost always has enough support to pass.) Both Democrats and Republicans also offered their opinions on the substance of the bill, highlighting what they viewed as its various merits and weak points, foreshadowing the consideration of numerous amendments. The House defeated the Progressive position when it adopted the rule by a straight party-line vote of 225 to 198. Thus, the House proceeded to substantive consideration of the bill to authorize military activities of the Department of Defense for FY06.

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