What: All Issues : War & Peace : Intelligence Agencies' Oversight : (H.R. 754) On a motion that would have honored President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, the Navy SEALS, and the intelligence community for their contributions to the killing of Osama Bin Laden—and would also have required intelligence agencies to make the defeat of Al Qaeda their “highest priority.” (2011 house Roll Call 328)
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(H.R. 754) On a motion that would have honored President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, the Navy SEALS, and the intelligence community for their contributions to the killing of Osama Bin Laden—and would also have required intelligence agencies to make the defeat of Al Qaeda their “highest priority.”
house Roll Call 328     May 13, 2011
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on a motion to recommit that would have honored President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, the Navy SEALS, and the intelligence community for their contributions to the killing of Osama Bin Laden—and would also have required intelligence agencies to make the defeat of Al Qaeda their “highest priority.”. A motion to recommit with instructions is the minority's opportunity to torpedo or significantly change a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure. This motion to recommit was offered to legislation authorizing annual funding for U.S. intelligence agencies.

Rep. Jerold Nadler (D-NY) urged support for this motion to recommit: “This motion to recommit…properly honors all those responsible. It appropriately commends everyone involved in the long road we took to bring bin Laden to justice--President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, our Navy SEALs, and our intelligence community….The death of Osama bin Laden was a triumphant victory, but our work is not done. This final amendment reminds us that we cannot rest on our laurels. The threat of al Qaeda remains real and continuing. That is why in this final amendment we make clear to our intelligence community that the highest priority for funding in this bill is the disruption, dismantlement, and defeat of al Qaeda.”

Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) opposed this motion to recommit: “…The first part [of the motion to recommit] was great. You said thank you very much to the folks and hid behind the great work of the men and women of the intelligence community. But then you blow up the entire intelligence bill by prioritizing of funding….There's a priority framework in the intelligence community that sets these standards and tells the intelligence community, here are your priorities, given place, given region, given resources. That happens already. So you basically say, well, we don't believe that you ought to be doing that. We should be doing that. Wrong answer….I recommend a strong rejection of this amendment [motion to recommit].”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 182-228. All 182 Democrats present voted “yea.” All 228 Republicans present voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have honored President Obama, President Bush, President Clinton, the Navy SEALS, and the intelligence community for their contributions to the killing of Osama Bin Laden—and would also have required intelligence agencies to make the defeat of Al Qaeda their “highest priority.”


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