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H.R. 1268. Appropriations/Immigration/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Fund U.S. Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to Provide Relief to Tsunami Victims.
house Roll Call 160     May 05, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a procedural motion offered by David Obey (D-WI) to recommit to committee with instructions H.R. 1268. (A motion to recommit with instructions is a motion to send the bill back to committee for the purpose of changing it significantly. This motion is often a minority party's last effort to try to amend or kill the legislation in question.) This vote was closely related to vote numbers 159 and 161. H.R. 1268 was an emergency supplemental appropriations bill to fund U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and to provide relief to tsunami victims. The House was considering the conference report for H.R. 1268, which is the reconciled version of a bill that emerges after negotiations from a conference of selected senators and representatives following the passage of different versions of the bill by each body. (The report must then be agreed to by both the House and the Senate, without changes, before it can be sent to the President for his signature.) Obey's motion would have instructed the conferees to increase funding for the office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Democrats, including Progressives, supported the motion as a means of protesting the legislation itself, which 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 foreign nationals claiming asylum in the United States and standardizing procedures amongst the states for obtaining driver's licenses. Democrats alleged 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, and they 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).) Handing the Progressives a defeat, the House voted 201 to 225–virtually along party lines–to defeat the motion to recommit. Thus, the House proceeded with consideration and a vote on final passage of legislation to provide additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for relief for tsunami victims, and to make significant changes in some aspects of U.S. immigration law.

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