What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : (H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would eliminate all federal funding ($4.9 million) for an Army Corps of Engineers program intended to prepare for the impact of global climate change (2011 house Roll Call 537)
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(H.R. 2354) On an amendment that would eliminate all federal funding ($4.9 million) for an Army Corps of Engineers program intended to prepare for the impact of global climate change
house Roll Call 537     Jul 11, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Rob Woodall (R-GA) that would eliminate all federal funding ($4.9 million) for an Army Corps of Engineers program intended to prepare for the impact of global climate change. This amendment was offered to legislation providing annual funding for Energy Department programs and the Army Corps of Engineers in fiscal year 2012.

Woodall urged support for his amendment: “What I'm concerned about are those silos that are being created in government today…This body in the early 1970s would have been talking about the calamity we are faced with, global cooling, and here we today with a special budget line item for global warming for the Corps of Engineers. We have a great deal of global warming money going into our Department of the Interior, going into the Environmental Protection Agency. The Corps at its core is a construction agency, and certainly this account provides for operations and maintenance for anything that might come up along those lines. But rather than creating this silo to focus specifically on global warming issues, in these tough economic times when we have so many Corps projects that are so lacking in funding, my amendment would strike this account in its entirety…”

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) opposed Woodall’s amendment: “This attack on science, this attack on the need to learn more about the science of climate change, more about the impacts which this changing global environment is having upon our planet is just, once again, a direct attack upon the reality that the planet is warming, and in parts of the planet, the Arctic, sub-Saharan Africa, dangerously so. So the role that science plays is a little bit like the role that Paul Revere played. The scientists are saying climate change is coming. It's intensifying. It can do great harm to our planet and to the security interests of our planet. So this amendment basically strikes right at what it is that the rest of the world expects our country to be, which is the leader on science.”

The House agreed to Woodall’s amendment by a vote of 218-191. Voting “yea” were 216 Republicans and 2 Democrats. 175 Democrats and 16 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment that would eliminate all federal funding ($4.9 million) for an Army Corps of Engineers program intended to prepare for the impact of global climate change. In order for this amendment to become law, however, it would have to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the president. At the time this vote occurred, the Senate had not acted on the amendment.

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