What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Immigrants : H. Res. 258. Appropriations/Immigration/Procedural Vote to Proceed to Consideration of H.R. 1268, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Fund U.S. Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Provide Relief to Tsunami Victims. (2005 house Roll Call 159)
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H. Res. 258. Appropriations/Immigration/Procedural Vote to Proceed to Consideration of H.R. 1268, Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Fund U.S. Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Provide Relief to Tsunami Victims.
house Roll Call 159     May 05, 2005
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House agreed to proceed to consideration of the conference report for H.R. 1268, the emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fund U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to provide relief to tsunami victims. (A conference report is the version of a bill or resolution that emerges after negotiations from a conference of selected senators and representatives following the passage of different versions by each body; the report must then be agreed to by both the House and the Senate.) (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.) The vote was to order the previous question on the rule for H.R. 1268, the emergency supplemental appropriations bill, meaning that by approving H. Res. 258, the House agreed to end debate, prevent further amendments and proceed immediately to a vote on the governing rule for H.R. 1268. (A rule sets forth what amendments House members may offer, how much time each side will be permitted to speak, how long the debate can last, etc. A vote on the rule usually reflects existing support and opposition for the underlying legislation and/or loyalty to one's party.) This vote was closely related to vote numbers 160 and 161. Both Democrats and Republicans generally addressed the substance of the Emergency Supplemental bill itself in their debate over the rule. The measure provided for more than $80 billion in spending, most of it military-related. In addition, it included Republican-backed immigration legislation designed to make a number of broad changes to U.S. immigration laws, including restricting standards for those claiming asylum and standardizing procedures for obtaining driver's licenses amongst the states. Democrats, including Progressives, opposed the bill, alleging that U.S. funds were being squandered in the course of the war. In addition, a number of Democrats opposed the immigration-related provisions of the bill, calling them "highly restrictive, punitive measures that will . . . fail to have any meaningful effect on stemming illegal immigration." (James McGovern (D-MA).) Republicans countered that the emergency funds in the bill were absolutely critical to support U.S. troops and ongoing military commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan. They also supported the immigration-related provisions because they represented "a very important first step towards dealing with the issue of border security." (David Dreier (R-CA).) Defeating the Progressive position, the House voted 224 to 196, along straight party lines, to order the previous question on the rule for the H.R. 1268 conference report. Thus, the House moved to substantive consideration of legislation to provide additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for relief for tsunami victims, and to make significant changes to some aspects of U.S. immigration law.

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