What: All Issues : Health Care : Veterans and Active Military Personnel : H.R. 1815. Defense/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill to Authorize Military Activities of the Defense Department. (2005 house Roll Call 221)
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H.R. 1815. Defense/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill to Authorize Military Activities of the Defense Department.
house Roll Call 221     May 25, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

H.R. 1815 was a bill to authorize military activities of the Defense Department for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). In this vote, the House defeated a procedural motion to recommit with instructions H.R. 1815. (A motion to recommit with instructions means to send the bill back to committee with instructions to take a specific action. This is often a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill or amend substantively the pending legislation.) The motion to recommit was offered by Gene Taylor (D-MS). Taylor's motion would have permitted military reservists to have access to the same health insurance, TRICARE, provided to U.S. military active-duty members. The motion sought to take the funds needed to cover its costs from funds allocated to close military bases. Democrats, including Progressives, argued that reservists were being treated unfairly because despite the fact that they ran the same risk of injury and death as active military troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, many of them had no health coverage at all. Republicans countered that reservists were eligible for coverage under TRICARE for 90 days prior to mobilization and 180 days following mobilization. They added that giving reservists the same health coverage as regular military troops would encourage private employers to drop the coverage they provide for their employees who are reservists. Moreover, they insisted that the funds that would be needed to provide this coverage were instead needed to provide equipment for the military. The House defeated Progressives and struck down this motion by a virtually straight party-line vote of 211 to 218. Thus, no language was added to the bill to provide reservists with the same health care coverage as regular military troops.

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