What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Provide Additional Funding to Increase Security at Chemical Plants and Facilities. (2005 house Roll Call 176)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2360. Appropriations/Homeland Security/Vote on Amendment to Provide Additional Funding to Increase Security at Chemical Plants and Facilities.
house Roll Call 176     May 17, 2005
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In this vote, the House passed an amendment offered by Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to H.R. 2360. H.R. 2360 was a bill to make appropriations (fund) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Menendez's amendment provided an additional $50 million beyond what was allocated in H.R. 2360 to enhance security at chemical plants and facilities. Arguing the Progressive position, Menendez noted that each time the Department of Homeland Security raised the terrorist threat level, state and local governments were forced to spend millions of dollars. This necessity, he argued, was placing a financial burden on these governments, particularly in districts such as his that were densely populated and contained large areas that could be seriously affected by a terrorist attack on a chemical plant. Most Republicans opposed the amendment, however, citing three reasons for their position. First, they argued that the bill already included $50 million for "critical infrastructure protection, including chemical plants . . . ." (Harold Rogers (R-KY).) Second, they noted that they had already put in the legislative history for the bill "very strong report language directing the Department to continue and complete the vulnerability assessments of all critical chemical facilities in the country." (Rogers.) (Legislative history is the documentation of the steps that a bill goes through to become a law. When bills emerge from committee to be considered on the House floor, the prevailing party's staff will write a "committee report" to accompany the bill language. This report discusses both sides' views, input from the public if relevant, goals for the bill, etc.) Third, they argued that as Menendez's amendment would take the $50 million needed from the Office of the Undersecretary for Management at the Department of Homeland Security, the necessary outcome of that transfer would be to lay off workers. Progressives won this vote when the House approved this amendment by a vote of 225 to 198. 35 Republicans joined with the Democrats to force this extra $50 million to be spent to increase security at chemical plants in the U.S.

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