What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : Vote on a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), to increase funding by $1.7 billion for Homeland Security grants and assistance for first-responders and firefighters and for port security measures paid for by canceling planned future deliveries of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). (2004 senate Roll Call 54)
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Vote on a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), to increase funding by $1.7 billion for Homeland Security grants and assistance for first-responders and firefighters and for port security measures paid for by canceling planned future deliveries of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
senate Roll Call 54     Mar 11, 2004
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

Senate progressives scored a rare victory during consideration of amendments under the fiscal year 2005 budget resolution (S.Con.Res. 95), advancing the passage of an amendment, proposed by Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), to increase funding by $1.7 billion for Homeland Security grants and assistance for first-responders and firefighters and for port security measures. The amendment assumes the funding would be offset by the cancellation of planned future deliveries of oil to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and resulting lower crude oil prices. It was approved 52-43, with 14 Republicans crossing the aisle to vote for the Democratic amendment. Conservatives argued against the Levin amendment, saying the proposal constituted a revenue transfer from the Petroleum Reserve to homeland defense - notwithstanding the Senate was fully funding President Bush's spending request for homeland security (an amount progressives deemed far too low). Conservatives also attacked the funding mechanism, saying the Petroleum Reserve is to put oil in the ground in case we have an emergency. Senate Energy Chairman Pete Domenici (R-N.N) said, "The point of it is, we can never have too much oil in SPR. To say we ought to stop filling it so we can start filling gaps in a budget, especially saying we take care of all the inland security problems by not taking care of SPR, seems to me to be the wrong thing to do. That is much the same as saying: Quit buying it [oil] and what you were going to buy, spend on other things."

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