What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : H. Res. 278. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Procedural Vote on Governing Rule for Bill to Fund the Department of Homeland Security in Fiscal Year 2006. (2005 house Roll Call 174)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H. Res. 278. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Procedural Vote on Governing Rule for Bill to Fund the Department of Homeland Security in Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 174     May 17, 2005
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In this vote, the House agreed to order the previous question regarding the governing rule for H.R. 2360, a bill to make appropriations (fund) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). (Ordering the previous question means to end debate, prevent further amendments and proceed immediately to a vote. A rule sets forth what amendments House members may offer, how much time each side will be permitted to speak, how long the debate can last, etc. A vote on the rule usually reflects existing support and opposition for the underlying legislation and/or loyalty to one's party.) Each year, Congress must appropriate funds to be spent by the various departments of the federal government in the following fiscal year. Because the Department of Homeland Security was a relatively new department, procedures and politics relating to its congressional oversight and funding were somewhat uncertain. Both Democrats and Republicans expressed some concerns over information that they said the Department of Homeland Security had refused to turn over to Congress, despite repeated requests. Republicans initially disagreed amongst themselves over the bill due to an internal turf battle between committee chairs, but were able to resolve that difference just prior to this vote. Democrats, including Progressives, attacked the Republican infighting as detrimental to the functioning of the Department of Homeland Security: "This bill is being eviscerated because of a juvenile, a juvenile, dispute within the Republican caucus about committee jurisdictions. It is . . . dung hill politics, where people put the welfare of their own committee ahead of the welfare of this institution and the welfare of the country. It is little league politics at its worst." (David Obey (D-WI).) Democrats from the subcommittee that had drawn up the bill also criticized what they viewed as the efforts of some of the Republicans to scuttle the bill, which had emerged from the subcommittee with some bipartisan agreement. Democrats also opposed the rule because it would not permit Obey to offer an amendment to provide additional funding for border security. The House defeated the Progressive position and ordered the previous question for the rule by a straight party-line vote of 223 to 185. Thus, the House proceeded to a vote on adoption of the rule and consideration of the bill to provide appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for FY06 on the terms chosen by Republicans.

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