What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : A procedural vote to cut off Democratic debate and the possibility of hostile amendments to a Republican bill to fund federal highway and highway safety programs. (2004 house Roll Call 105)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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A procedural vote to cut off Democratic debate and the possibility of hostile amendments to a Republican bill to fund federal highway and highway safety programs.
house Roll Call 105     Apr 01, 2004
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Conservatives won out in this procedural vote related to the FY05 (HR 3550) a bill to authorize funding for federal highways, highway safety and transit programs. The vote was on whether the House should "move the previous question" and take up a resolution drafted by the House Rules Committee (HRES 593), which laid out the parameters for the highway funding debate and what amendments would be considered in order for discussion. The effect of adopting and thereby "moving the previous question" is to close debate immediately, to prevent the moving of amendments or any other motions, and to bring the House at once to a vote on the immediately pending question -- in this case the resolution on the bill. But progressives failed 229-194 in opposing the conservatives press for HRES 593, which they said did not allow the House to work its will on a higher funding level for the highway bill on a bipartisan basis. Conservatives, led by Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), chairman of the Rules Committee, argued that the rule was "very fair and balanced." Dreier noted that the Rules panel had received a total of 59 amendments for our consideration, and this rule makes in order 23 of those 59 amendments that were submitted, including 14 amendments offered by Republicans, eight amendments offered by Democrats, and one bipartisan amendment. The rule also made in order a "very bipartisan" manager's amendment, which addresses a significant number of concerns that have been raised by many members, Dreier said. But progressives balked, saying there were glaring omissions in the Democratic amendments allowed, and chided the conservative majority for failing to take up certain amendments designed to ensure that none of these jobs in transportation would be outsourced. They also argued that the House bill shorted funding for the highway measure, and they sought to increase funding to the $318 billion level set by the Senate for comparable legislation. Progressives also argued that they were thwarted in attempts to outline U.S. transportation system requirements that helps achieve goals of the Clean Air Act -- which the Bush administration has gone on record trying to roll back.

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