What: All Issues : War & Peace : Response to Darfur Humanitarian Crisis in the Sudan : A vote on a Republican procedural motion to table (kill) a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 4613) adding $118 million in emergency funding for disaster and famine assistance efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and Chad. (2004 senate Roll Call 148)
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A vote on a Republican procedural motion to table (kill) a Democratic amendment to the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 4613) adding $118 million in emergency funding for disaster and famine assistance efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and Chad.
senate Roll Call 148     Jun 24, 2004
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

Sen. Ted Stevens' (R-Alaska) procedural motion to "table" (kill) an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) was successful, with 53 senators voting in favor of Stevens' motion and 45 senators voting against it. Biden's amendment -- backed by progressives -- the fiscal year 2005 Defense Appropriations bill (HR 4613) would add $118 million in emergency funding for disaster and famine assistance efforts in response to the humanitarian crisis in the Darfur region of Sudan and Chad. Conservatives noted that the bill already has included $95 million in support for the war-ravaged African nations. Said Stevens, "We have already declared an emergency for Sudan for $95 million ... and I do not believe we should go beyond the emergency level we have already agreed to." He added, "We are already ahead of the rest of the world, and we think we should not go further on this bill." If there are further emergency funds that are necessary, "they should be added to the foreign assistance bill," Stevens continued. But, Biden countered, while "$90 million is better than nothing, but it is not the $188 million, which is probably too little anyway." Biden added, "I am worried about the impact that will have on the rest of the world as we try to generate support because we need support." Defeat of Biden's amendment means the Darfur emergency relief bill's price tag will remain pegged at $95 million and no more, notwithstanding mounting evidence that the costs for relief already well outstrip that amount.

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