What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Native Americans : H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Shift $100 Million to Clean Water Fund. (2005 house Roll Call 194)
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H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Amendment to Shift $100 Million to Clean Water Fund.
house Roll Call 194     May 19, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered to H.R. 2361 by David Obey (D-WI) to shift $100 million to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. The funds would have been taken from water and sewage-treatment grants for Indian tribes and states. H.R. 2361 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Obey was trying to restore part of the cuts to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund made by the Appropriations Committee when they considered this bill. Making the Progressive argument, Obey stated that "the Clean Water State Revolving Fund is the crucial program for helping local communities with sewage treatment plants infrastructure. It is a keystone of the Clean Water Act; and yet this committee is recommending with the cut in the bill this year that we effectively cut this program by 40 percent over 2 years. It was already cut 19 percent last year. I think that is a terrible, terrible decision to make." He argued that the area from which he would take the $100 million to pay for his amendment was a less effective use of water and sewage-treatment funds than the Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Republicans disagreed, noting that the fund from which Obey sought to pay for his amendment was too valuable: "These projects are often the only recourse for rural communities that, for whatever reason, are unable to qualify for a loan under the Clean Water or Drinking Water revolving funds." (Charles Taylor (R-NC).) Progressives lost in this vote when the House defeated the amendment 186 to 235, with 17 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "no" with Republicans. Thus, the cuts made by the Appropriations Committee to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund were left in place.

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