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H.R. 1268. Appropriations/Defense/Vote on Amendment to Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Spend $5 Million to Establish a Select Committee to Investigate Contracts and Related Federal Spending in Iraq and Afghanistan
house Roll Call 72     Mar 15, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill offered by John Tierney (D-MA) that would have moved $5 million from the Department of Defense to the Congress for the purposes of establishing a committee to investigate contracts and related federal spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Each year, Congress appropriates the funds necessary for the running of the country for the coming fiscal year. Later in the year, Congress also generally considers an "Emergency Supplemental appropriations" bill to fund activities or areas of need that were, arguably, unanticipated at the time of the year's original appropriations process. H.R. 1268 was the emergency supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2005.) Progressives argued that the public harbored "substantial doubt" about federal spending, particularly in Iraq, and that it was necessary to form a committee "which will have as its sole responsibility the reviewing of the use and misuse of taxpayer funds in Iraq." (David Obey (D-WI).) They added that Congress had a fiscal responsibility to ensure that taxpayer dollars were being spent appropriately, and that the desire to ensure that this was the case ought to be a bipartisan interest. Several Democrats cited as precedent the Truman Commission formed to examine American defense spending during World War II. They noted that that Commission had bipartisan support and is credited with saving taxpayers $15 billion. (Russ Carnahan (D-MO).) Republicans offered little argument on the floor against Tierney's amendment, although they did express a lack of confidence that the proposed committee would act as described by Democrats. The House defeated this amendment and the Progressive position by a vote of 191 to 236. Thus, no committee to investigate federal contracts and related spending in Iraq and Afghanistan was formed.

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