What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Veterans : HR 1268. Fiscal 2005 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Waive a Point of Order Against an Amendment to Increase Funding for Veterans' Health Care by $1.98 Billion. (2005 senate Roll Call 89)
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HR 1268. Fiscal 2005 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Waive a Point of Order Against an Amendment to Increase Funding for Veterans' Health Care by $1.98 Billion.
senate Roll Call 89     Apr 12, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

When issues such as a national emergency or a natural disaster arise which require immediate funding, Congress often drafts a supplemental appropriations bill to provide additional government funding for needs which were not foreseeable during the normal congressional appropriations process. During debate on the 2005 Supplemental Appropriations bill for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and disaster relief assistance for victims of the December 2004 tsunami, Senator Murray (D-WA) offered an amendment which would have increased funding for veterans' health care by $1.98 billion; $840 million of that sum would have improved veterans' regional health networks, $610 million would have purchased additional equipment and supplies for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and $525 million would have augmented mental health care and treatment facilities. Progressives supported Murray's amendment as a way to strengthen the veterans' health care system so as to insure that the future generation of American veterans-those who have served or are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan-are able to receive the medical care they need after leaving military service. In the words of Senator Murray, "I am very concerned that when all of these new veterans come home and need medical care, they are going to be pushed into a veterans' health care system that does not have the medical staff, the facilities, or the funding to take care of them." However, because Murray's amendment would have increased the total amount of spending in the supplemental appropriations bill, a budgetary point of order was raised against it. In response, Senator Murray motioned to waive the point of order against her amendment, a motion which requires a sixty vote majority for passage. Progressives voted with Murray to waive the point of order based on their support for additional veterans' health care funding. Conservatives voted to sustain the point of order and questioned the need for additional funds. According to Senator Cochran (R-MI), "Less than 1 percent of the veterans population is made up of new eligibles who are entering into the Veterans' Administration system, and most of those who are requiring health care assistance and hospital care are older veterans who have already been in the system for a number of years...The administration says that sufficient funds exist now in the Department of Veterans Affairs budget to take care of this fiscal year's needs." On a vote of 46-54, the Murray amendment failed to garner the necessary sixty votes to waive the point of order, the point of order was sustained, and the additional $1.98 billion for veterans' health care was excluded from the underlying supplemental appropriations bill.

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