What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : Assisting Crime Impacted Communities : (H.R.2847) On a roll call vote, resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority; the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Nadler of New York amendment, which moved $5,000,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice to the Community Oriented Policing Services DNA program. (2009 house Roll Call 395)
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(H.R.2847) On a roll call vote, resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority; the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Nadler of New York amendment, which moved $5,000,000 in the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice to the Community Oriented Policing Services DNA program.
house Roll Call 395     Jun 18, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote generated by one of a series of procedural moves of the Republican minority, which were designed to protest the decision of the Democratic majority to limit the number of amendments that could be offered to H.R. 2847, the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice and for federal science and other programs.

The Nadler (D-NY) Amendment, which had passed the House, moved $5,000,000 to the Community Oriented Policing Services DNA program and reduced the amount for Justice Department salaries and expenses by an equal amount. It is common practice in the House, after any vote, for the Speaker to declare, “without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table”. According to the House Floor Procedural Manual: “(I)f no objection is raised, this has the parliamentary effect of ending any possibility that another vote . . . can take place.”  The Manual also notes that objection is often raised, and a motion is made to reconsider the previous vote “when Members (usually minority Members) determine there is a need to slow down the legislative process.” That is what occurred here.

The vote was 163-246. One hundred and sixty Republicans and three Democrats voted “aye”. Two hundred and thirty-seven Democrats and nine Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, the motion to reconsider the previous vote approving the Nadler Amendment was defeated, the increased funding for the Community Oriented Policing Services DNA program remained intact, and the legislative process was delayed for a few minutes.

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