What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill Authorizing the Department of Homeland Security. (2005 house Roll Call 188)
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H.R. 1817. Homeland Security/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill Authorizing the Department of Homeland Security.
house Roll Call 188     May 18, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a motion offered by Bennie Thompson (D-MS) to recommit with instructions a bill to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). (A motion to recommit with instructions means a motion to send the bill back to committee with instructions to take a specific action. This motion is often a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill or amend substantively the pending legislation.) Taking the Progressive position, Thompson explained that he sought to recommit the bill in order to authorize sufficient funding for DHS to be able to carry out its mission of securing the U.S. from terrorist and other threats and to address the problem of unscreened cargo on passenger jets. Republicans opposed the motion, noting that it failed to address the question of where the funds would come from. Republicans also stated that the motion was unnecessary because the bill had bipartisan support. In a loss for Progressives, the House defeated this motion by a virtually party-line vote of 199 to 228. Thus, the House proceeded to a vote on a bill to authorize the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with what many Democrats believed to be important security gaps intact.

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