What: All Issues : War & Peace : (H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have cut $415 million from the Navy and Air Force’ s annual funding for aircraft procurement. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 43)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment that would have cut $415 million from the Navy and Air Force’ s annual funding for aircraft procurement. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 43     Feb 15, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) that would have cut $415 million from the Navy and Air Force’ s annual funding for aircraft procurement. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.

Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) urged support for the amendment: “I rise to support the amendment introduced by my colleague from Illinois (Mr. Gutierrez). If we are truly serious about reducing our long-term deficits, we must look at the whole picture, a picture that includes defense. There can be no sacred cows or pork. Today, defense spending, including security-related programs, comprises almost 20 percent of Federal spending, yet it is the only part of this budget that is exempt from the tough cuts facing all other Departments.”

Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) urged opposition to the amendment, arguing it could deprive American troops of needed aircrafts such as the V-22 (an aircraft that had been deployed by the U.S. during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan): “…I am going to be very brief and just say very simply, this amendment could possibly have a serious adverse effect on the soldiers and the Marines who are operating in and around the mountains of Afghanistan who need what the V-22 can provide them. If it is not available, if it is not there, they could be in serious trouble. So this is not a good amendment, and I don't think we should support it in any way.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 105-326. Voting “yea” were 88 Democrats—including a majority of progressives—and 17 Republicans. 223 Republicans and 103 Democrats voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have cut $415 million from the Navy and Air Force’ s annual funding for aircraft procurement.

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