What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : America's Poor : S. 256. Bankruptcy/Procedural Vote on Motion to Adjourn (2005 house Roll Call 103)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
S. 256. Bankruptcy/Procedural Vote on Motion to Adjourn
house Roll Call 103     Apr 14, 2005
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or not)
Progressive Position
Progressive Result
(win or loss)

In this vote, the House voted not to adjourn (cease) its floor proceedings. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) brought this motion at the beginning of the consideration of S. 256. S. 256 was a bill to alter federal bankruptcy laws. Members of the minority party in the House–presently the Democrats–will often use procedural votes to register dissatisfaction with House proceedings, particularly if their options for offering substantive amendments are limited. In this case, Woolsey sought to call attention to what many Democrats, including Progressives, felt were unfair rules established by the Republicans for consideration of the bankruptcy bill. The Rules Committee (the body of the House that draws up special rules for consideration of bills; it is weighted in favor of the majority party–currently the Republicans–and often works in conjunction with party leadership in formulating rules) had determined that no one would be permitted to offer amendments to S. 256 on the House floor. Many Democrats believed that S. 256 favored the interests of credit card companies, other large corporations and wealthy Americans over those of individual, lower and middle-class consumers. Thus, they were irate over their inability to try to amend and improve the bill on the House floor. Woolsey had wanted to offer an amendment that would have waived "any fee charged for credit counseling for [military] service members returning from a combat area for a period of two years." By calling for a roll-call vote (a vote where members must physically come to the House floor to register their vote) on a motion to adjourn, Woolsey was able to bring members to the House floor in the hopes that she could make them pay attention to what Progressives considered a deep injustice and that she could instigate a real debate. The House voted 49 to 371 not to adjourn, and Woolsey's band of Progressives lost to Republicans and more conservative Democrats. Consideration of S. 256 continued on the House floor, and no opportunity to offer amendments was offered.

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