What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Native Americans : H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions Bill Making Appropriations (Funding) for the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies for Fiscal Year 2006. (2005 house Roll Call 198)
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H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Procedural Vote on Motion to Recommit with Instructions Bill Making Appropriations (Funding) for the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies for Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 198     May 19, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated a motion offered by David Obey (D-WI) to recommit to committee with instructions H.R. 2361. (A motion to recommit is a motion to send a bill back to committee with instructions to take a specific action. Often, it is a last attempt by the opponents of a bill to kill or amend substantively the pending legislation.) H.R. 2361 was a bill to make appropriations (fund) for the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other agencies for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Obey's motion would have required the Appropriations Committee to provide "an additional $242 million to the Clean Water Revolving Fund and $110 million for State and Tribal Assistance Grants (for water and sewage treatment), returning both programs to last year's level." (Obey.) Neither Democrats nor Republicans offered substantive arguments on the floor of the House at the time this motion was considered. However, in earlier consideration of an amendment that would have increased funding to the Clean Water Revolving Fund by taking money from State and Tribal Assistance Grants, Obey had 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." Republicans in the debate on the earlier amendment (see Roll Call number 194) had argued simply that money should not be taken from State and Tribal Assistance Grants. Progressives were defeated when the motion to recommit was voted down 191 to 228. Thus, neither the Clean Water Revolving Fund nor the State and Tribal Assistance grants received additional increases beyond that already included in the language of the bill.

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