What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : HR 2892. (Fiscal 2010 Homeland Security spending) McCain of Arizona amendment that would strike funding for bus security grants and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency/On agreeing to the amendment (2009 senate Roll Call 218)
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HR 2892. (Fiscal 2010 Homeland Security spending) McCain of Arizona amendment that would strike funding for bus security grants and for the Federal Emergency Management Agency/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 218     Jul 07, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by John McCain, R-Ariz., that would eliminate funding for cross-country bus security grants and also reduce funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) by $6 million.  These types of grants are made to bus companies to help them take whatever steps necessary to guard against terrorist attacks on buses.  The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the Homeland Security department in fiscal 2010.

McCain said studies have shown that this particular security grant program is ineffective because it does not take into account risk factors for terrorist attacks on cross-country buses.  In other words, a bus company that services the rural South may receive the same consideration for security grant funding as a bus company that travels around New York City, where some argue terrorist attacks are more likely.  For that reason McCain said the program and its funding should be eliminated.

“On behalf of the citizens of my State who are having to tighten their belts, who are undergoing unprecedented difficulties and hard times while we are on this spending spree and accumulating trillions of dollars of debt—we are committing generational theft, laying it on our children and grandchildren. I intend to fight for their tax dollars, and I intend to fight until this egregious practice of pork-barrel earmarked spending, which has bred corruption, is brought to a halt” McCain said.

No one spoke against the amendment.

By a vote of 47-51, the amendment was rejected.  All but five Republicans present voted for the amendment.  Of Democrats present, 12 voted for the amendment and 44 voted against it.  The end result is that the measure went forward with funding for FEMA and bus security grants intact.

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