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. 2997) On the DeLauro of Connecticut Amendment, which made a series of changes totaling $5.5 million to the bill providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Agriculture, rural development, and the Food and Drug Administration (2009 house Roll Call 498)
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(H. R. 2997) On the DeLauro of Connecticut Amendment, which made a series of changes totaling $5.5 million to the bill providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Agriculture, rural development, and the Food and Drug Administration
house Roll Call 498     Jul 09, 2009
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on an amendment offered by Rep. DeLauro (D-CT) to H.R. 2997, the bill providing fiscal 2010 funding for the Department of Agriculture, rural development, and the Food and Drug Administration and related agencies. DeLauro was the chair of the Appropriations Committee subcommittee that developed H.R. 2997. The amendment transferred approximately $5.5 million dollars within a number of categories in the bill, which provided a total of $22.9 billion to the departments and agencies it funded.

The opposition expressed to the amendment was not to the specific funding changes it made. Rather, the debate on the amendment served as an opportunity for the Republican minority to continue its ongoing complaint that the Democratic majority was using its control to restrict the ability of Members to offer amendments to spending bills.

Rep. Kingston (R-GA) acknowledged that his opposition to the amendment had nothing to do with its substance, but rather with “the Rules Committee because there were so many amendments that the Rules Committee did not allow by the minority, and the (technical) reason that the Rules Committee said they did not allow them was because they were authorizing on an appropriation bill (which violates House rules).”

The amendment passed by a vote of 266-161. Two hundred and forty-seven Democrats and nineteen Republicans voted “aye”. One hundred and fifty-seven Democrats and four Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, a series of funding changes amounting to $5.5 million were made in the bill providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Agriculture, rural development, and the Food and Drug Administration.

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