What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : H.R. 2657. Legislative Branch Appropriations/Recommit the Conference Report with Instructions. (2003 house Roll Call 516)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2657. Legislative Branch Appropriations/Recommit the Conference Report with Instructions.
house Roll Call 516     Sep 24, 2003
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The 2004 Legislative Branch appropriations bill-a spending bill which funds the legislative branch of government (the House, Senate, legislative staff, and related agencies)-was the second spending measure considered by Congress in 2003. The subject of this vote was a motion to recommit to committee the conference report of the legislative branch spending bill (if legislation passes the House and Senate in different forms, a conference committee is convened to reconcile differences between the two versions; a conference report is the final product of conference committee negotiations). The motion to recommit, which was offered by Congressman Moran (D-VA), included instructions to increase funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to $1.55 billion (the level of funding included in the Senate's original version of the bill). Progressives supported the additional funding for FEMA based on their view that FEMA plays a vital role in disaster relief efforts around the U.S. Progressives noted that FEMA agents provided invaluable assistance to state and local police and fire departments in the wake of 9/11 and was currently involved in assisting the victims of Hurricane Isabel. In the view of Conservatives, the amount of funding for FEMA included in the underlying conference report was sufficient and they voted against the motion to recommit. Democrats voted unanimously in favor of the motion to recommit but, on a party line vote of 202-225, the motion was rejected and the conference report was allowed to proceed to a final vote without the extra funding for FEMA that Democrats had hoped for.

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