What: All Issues : War & Peace : H. Res. 157 Providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 63) disapproving of President Bush's plan to deploy more than 20,000 additional U.S. combat troops to Iraq/Ordering the previous question (2007 house Roll Call 96)
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H. Res. 157 Providing for consideration of the concurrent resolution (H. Con. Res. 63) disapproving of President Bush's plan to deploy more than 20,000 additional U.S. combat troops to Iraq/Ordering the previous question
house Roll Call 96     Feb 13, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was a procedural attempt by Republicans to bring up alternative language to a Democratic resolution expressing disapproval of President Bush's plan to send more than 20,00 more troops to Iraq. The alternative proposal, drafted by Rep. Sam Johnson (R-Texas), was a nonbinding resolution stating that Congress would not vote to restrict or cut off funding for troops already deployed in Iraq. A motion ordering the previous question is a parliamentary maneuver that effectively ends debate, prohibits amendment and moves the House to a vote for an up-or-down of the resolution under consideration. If the motion for the previous question is defeated, the House turns control of the floor over to the lawmaker who led the opposition to the question at hand, in this case Johnson. As such, motions to order the previous question are usually party-line votes, and the majority party almost always prevails. Such was the case for this vote, and all Republicans present but one voted against the measure and all Democrats present but one voted for it, and the motion passed 227-197. Thus, a Republican procedural maneuver attempting to force consideration of a resolution stating that Congress wouldn't vote to cut off funding for troops in Iraq failed. The House then proceeded with a Democratic proposal to express disapproval of Bush's plan to send more troops to Iraq.

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