What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Insuring Government Has Adequate Financing to Function : H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Provide $100 Million to States to Help Them Comply with New Federal Standards for Driver's Licenses. (2005 house Roll Call 179)
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H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Provide $100 Million to States to Help Them Comply with New Federal Standards for Driver's Licenses.
house Roll Call 179     May 17, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote, the House agreed to an amendment offered by David Obey (D-WI) to H.R. 2360 to provide $100 million to states to help them comply with new federal standards for driver's licenses. H.R. 2360 was a bill to make appropriations (fund) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Taking the Progressive position, Obey argued that a law passed only weeks before by the House would require the states to take expensive new measures to ensure that their procedures for issuing driver's licenses would meet a federal minimum standard. He argued that it was only fair that Congress fund those measures so that the new requirements would not present an undue burden for the states. Republicans countered that there was no way to know how much it would cost states to meet the requirements of the recently passed bill; thus, it would be "premature" to allocate funding to them for this purpose. (Harold Rogers (R-KY).) Republicans also argued that the cuts Obey proposed to make in Homeland Security offices–such as those that analyze data and are responsible for communications–were undesirable in that they would reduce those offices' ability to work effectively to protect U.S. national security. In a win for Progressives, the House passed this amendment by a vote of 226 to 198, with 32 Republicans crossing party lines to vote with the Democrats. Thus, H.R. 2360 included $100 million to help states meet the requirements of recently passed legislation mandating that states meet minimum federal standards for issuing driver's licenses.

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