What: All Issues : Environment : Rail Transportation : H. Res. 270, providing for the consideration of H.R. 1401 (Rail and Public Transportation Security Act)/On agreeing to the resolution (2007 house Roll Call 191)
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H. Res. 270, providing for the consideration of H.R. 1401 (Rail and Public Transportation Security Act)/On agreeing to the resolution
house Roll Call 191     Mar 27, 2007
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote determined the rules for debate on a bill to authorize over $6 billion over four years to improve bus and rail security in the United States.

Known as the "rules package," the resolution determined how much time each side would get to debate the measure, what amendments would be considered in order and what procedural motions would be allowed.

The legislation this resolution outlined rules of debate for was hailed by one of its drafters, Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), as "an important milestone" in protecting the countries transit systems. Many Republicans complained that the bill was potentially wasteful, and in the words of the ranking Republican on the Transportation panel, Rep. John Mica (Fla.), would distribute funds "willy-nilly."

Many Republicans were also unhappy because the Democrat-dominated Rules Committee did not determine that all Republican-sponsored amendments would be allowed on the House floor.

)On a party-line vote of 223-199, with only one Democrat joining every Republican present in voting "no," the House passed a rules package for a bill to authorize $6 billion over the next four years to improve transit security.

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