What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : HR 3326. (Fiscal 2010 defense spending) Barrasso of Wyoming amendment that would prohibit funds from going to the CIA’s Center on Climate Change and National Security/On agreeing to the amendment (2009 senate Roll Call 307)
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HR 3326. (Fiscal 2010 defense spending) Barrasso of Wyoming amendment that would prohibit funds from going to the CIA’s Center on Climate Change and National Security/On agreeing to the amendment
senate Roll Call 307     Oct 06, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This vote was on an amendment by John Barrasso, R-Wyo., that would have prohibited funds from going to the CIA’s Center on Climate Change and National Security.  The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the Defense Department and related spending in fiscal 2010.

“To me, this center is redundant to activity already conducted by the CIA and other Federal agencies. There is no reason to create an additional center to do work already being done,” Barrasso said.  “Leave the task of gathering and analyzing climate change information to the agencies that do that work. Let them pass that information on to the analysts at the CIA to incorporate it into their assessments. The experts at the CIA should focus work on foreign intelligence gathering to prevent the next terrorist attack.”

Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, said the amendment is appropriate and that its mission will be “fully consistent with that of the intelligence community.”

“Creating this center does not require any additional CIA resources. It rearranges ongoing programs within the CIA so that existing funding can be more prudently spent.  The work of this center will not divert resources from other missions. It will not divert case officers or the tasking of satellites. This center will continue in the traditional role of the intelligence community to support policymakers on national security issues related to climate change,” Inouye said.

By a vote of 38-60, the amendment was rejected.  All but two Republicans present voted for the amendment.  Every Democrat present voted against the amendment.  The end result is that the measure went forward without language that would have barred funding for a Center on Climate Change and National Security at the CIA.

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