What: All Issues : Health Care : Veterans and Active Military Personnel : H.R. 2528. Appropriations/Veterans/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for Veterans' Programs. (2005 house Roll Call 224)
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H.R. 2528. Appropriations/Veterans/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for Veterans' Programs.
house Roll Call 224     May 26, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House narrowly defeated an amendment offered by Charlie Melancon (D-LA) to H.R. 2528. Melancon's amendment would have increased by $53 million funding for various veterans' health care and other benefits programs while cutting $169 million from the commission charged with closing military bases. H.R. 2528 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) military and veterans' health care and for military construction and base closure for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Democrats, including Progressives, argued that the funds for these veterans' programs were critically needed. Republicans opposed the proposed cut to the Base Alignment and Closing commission (BRAC), stating that it would "slow down the cleanup and disposal of closed bases for this round, and also the realignment of bases, and will therefore negatively impact the economies of those communities by stalling the reuse and development of that land." Jim Walsh (R-NY). They also contended that the amendment would not have much of an impact on veterans' health care. The House defeated Progressives and this amendment by just one vote. The tally was 213 to 214, with a 19 Republicans crossing party lines to vote with Democrats. Thus, funds for certain veterans' programs were not increased beyond what was contained in the bill, and funds for base closures were not cut.

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