What: All Issues : Health Care : H.R. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to End Debate on the Final Version of Prescription Drug Legislation. (2003 house Roll Call 670)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 1. Prescription Drug Benefit/Vote to End Debate on the Final Version of Prescription Drug Legislation.
house Roll Call 670     Nov 22, 2003
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House debate on the final version of legislation to provide a $400 billion prescription drug benefit to the nation's seniors began on November 21, 2003 and a final vote on the bill was held shortly after midnight (in total, about one day was spent debating the monumental piece of legislation). Many Democrats were furious that the Republican leadership scheduled a final vote on passage of the 1,100 page bill in the middle of the night without providing them ample time to review and understand the contents of the legislation (lawmakers are usually provided three days to review legislation prior to House floor debate). In an effort to appease Democrats and allow them an opportunity to further debate the prescription drug bill (albeit only after the House had already adopted the bill on a 220-215 vote), Representative Thomas (R-CA) motioned to reconsider the previous vote on final passage. After several additional hours of debate on the prescription drug bill, House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-TX) motioned to table (strike down) Thomas's motion to reconsider which, in effect, had allowed debate to continue after the final vote had been held. Progressives voted against Delay's motion to table Thomas's motion and argued that debate on the prescription drug bill should continue until all lawmakers had an opportunity to read, comprehend, and discuss the merits of the legislation. Conservatives voted in favor of Delay's motion to table and argued that the House needed to proceed to other important pieces of legislation-especially appropriations legislation-which had yet to be completed. On a vote of 210-193, the Delay motion was adopted and debate on the prescription drug bill was subsequently ended.

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