What: All Issues : Environment : Renewable Energy : H.R. 2754. Fiscal 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Failed to Include Adequate Funding for Renewable Energy Programs. (2003 house Roll Call 394)
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H.R. 2754. Fiscal 2004 Energy and Water Appropriations/Vote to Recommit to Committee a Bill Which, In the View of Progressives, Failed to Include Adequate Funding for Renewable Energy Programs.
house Roll Call 394     Jul 18, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

One of the few procedural prerogatives available to opponents of a piece of legislation in the House is the motion to recommit. If successful, the motion sends the legislation back to committee and is usually a deathblow to the bill. During debate on the energy and water appropriations bill-a measure to provide federal funding to the Energy Department and related agencies responsible for energy and water projects-Congressman Hoyer (D-MD) motioned to recommit the bill to committee. Progressives voted in favor of the motion to recommit because, in their view, the bill provided inadequate funding for renewable energy sources. For years, Progressives have advocated for a more dedicated effort on the part of the federal government to develop renewable sources of energy such as solar power, biomass energy, and wind power. The funding which was contained in the appropriations bill, Progressives argued, focused too heavily on nuclear and fossil fuel energy sources and gave short shrift to renewable energy sources. While Progressives voted in favor of Hoyer's motion, Democrats were almost equally divided on the issue and, with opposition from an overwhelming majority of Republicans, the motion to recommit was rejected 99-310.

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