What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Homeland Security. (2005 house Roll Call 183)
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H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Homeland Security.
house Roll Call 183     May 18, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Kendrick Meek (D-FL) to increase funding for the office of the Inspector General in the Department of Homeland Security. H.R. 1817 was a bill to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the first bill brought by Congress to exercise its oversight authority since the Department's inception. Making the Progressive argument, Meek pointed out that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is the largest "department" in the world, and as such, needed an inspecting arm that was appropriately funded to carry out its vast responsibilities. He also maintained that the office needed sufficient funds to curb waste and abuse in the Department. Meek noted that "[t]he spending on contracts alone was $6.1 billion in 2004, and in 2005 it moved up to $10.9 billion. That is a 40 percent increase in 1 year. It is literally impossible for the Inspector General's office to keep up not only with the policing of the Department but to ensure that the mission's integrity is followed through on." Republicans countered, however, that the amendment did not provide a sufficient offset in funding (reduction elsewhere to cover proposed cost) to make up for the increases the amendment proposed. They also stated that if the increase were granted, it would make the Department larger than it needed to be. The House defeated Progressives by voting down the amendment 184 to 244, with 18 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with the Republicans. Thus, the Inspector General's office at the Department of Homeland Security did not receive an increase in funding authorization beyond that which was provided in the original bill language.

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