What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H.R. 2744. Appropriations/Agriculture/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for Fiscal Year 2006. (2005 house Roll Call 230)
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H.R. 2744. Appropriations/Agriculture/Vote on Amendment to Increase Funding for Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 230     Jun 08, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote, the House passed an amendment offered by Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to H.R. 2744. Weiner's amendment increased funding for the U.S. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) by approximately $19 million for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). H.R. 2744 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Taking the Progressive position, Weiner argued that more money was needed to combat invasive pests such as the Asian long-horned beetle, which was devastating trees in many areas of the U.S. Weiner was joined on the House floor by other Democrats from the Northeast who spoke of their districts' experiences with similar pest problems. Republicans who opposed the bill countered that adding more money to APHIS would not remove the need to have available emergency funds to battle unanticipated pests each year. Moreover, they objected to the source of the additional funds proposed by Weiner's amendment: Department of Agriculture computer upgrades. Progressives won on this vote when the amendment passed 226 to 201, with 40 Republicans crossing party lines to vote "yes" with Democrats and 13 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "no" with Republicans. Thus, a sum of $19 million was added to the bill to help combat invasive pest problems.

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