What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Protecting Rights of Congressional Minorities : H.R. 54. Congressional Gold Medal Program/Procedural Vote to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill to Implement New Restrictions in the Congressional Gold Medal Program. (2005 house Roll Call 12)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 54. Congressional Gold Medal Program/Procedural Vote to Recommit (Amend or Kill) Bill to Implement New Restrictions in the Congressional Gold Medal Program.
house Roll Call 12     Jan 26, 2005
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In this vote, the House voted not to recommit with instructions (send back to committee with instructions to change significantly) H.R. 54, a bill sponsored by Michael Castle (R-DE) that would implement new restrictions in the Congressional Gold Medal program. (The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor awarded by Congress to persons who perform great acts of service to the country.) H.R. 54 would limit the number of Congressional Gold Medals that could be awarded to two per year, and further would only permit the Medal to be awarded to individuals, not couples or groups. Democrats were upset by the earlier approval of a Republican-sponsored rule governing consideration of the bill that prevented the Democrats from offering what they viewed as an entirely reasonable amendment, and thus they resorted to the bill to recommit to make their point. A motion to recommit with instructions is generally the final effort by opponents of a bill to kill or amend legislation in a way that favors their cause. The motion to recommit failed by a nearly party-line vote of 187 to 217 on January 26, 2005, thus ending the Democrats' chances to further amend the bill and setting an early tone of inter party bitterness: "Unfortunately, the bipartisan spirit that has characterized the House's consideration of gold medals in the past has not carried over to the debate on this bill. . . . Does this action foretell what lies ahead in terms of the existence of bipartisanship throughout this Congress?" (Joe Crowley (D-NY).) (Each two-year period beginning in January following congressional elections the previous November is considered a "Congress.")

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