What: All Issues : Environment : Cleaning Up Contaminated "Brownfield" Sites : H.R. 2528. Appropriations/Veterans/Vote on Amendment to Move Funds Set Aside for New Military Base Closures to Accounts to Complete Cleanup on Bases Already Closed. (2005 house Roll Call 225)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 2528. Appropriations/Veterans/Vote on Amendment to Move Funds Set Aside for New Military Base Closures to Accounts to Complete Cleanup on Bases Already Closed.
house Roll Call 225     May 26, 2005
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) to H.R. 2528. Blumenauer's amendment would have moved funds set aside for new military base closures to accounts to be used to complete cleanup on military bases that had already been closed. H.R. 2528 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) military and veterans' health care and for military construction and base closure for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Taking the Progressive position, Blumenauer argued that communities where military bases have been closed were waiting needlessly and unacceptably long periods of time for the military to cleanup the areas so that they would be ready for redevelopment. Blumenauer noted that inadequate cleanup (which, as others pointed out, included toxic substances and/or unusual and dangerous items like unexploded ordnances) was "one of the reasons that we find such apprehension regarding the BRAC [Base Realignment and Closing] process, although there is the promise of redevelopment." Republicans disagreed that more funds were needed for the cleanup process, arguing that "[t]his amendment is probably not necessary. DOD has indicated that by the year 2008 it will have either completed the cleanup or put into place all the remedial systems it needs for cleanup at all but two installations. Once in place, the cleanup will take time, and more funds will not necessarily speed up the process." Jim Walsh (R-NY). The House defeated Progressives and this amendment by a vote of 171 to 254, with 40 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "no," and 13 Republicans choosing to vote "yes" with the Progressives. Thus, no additional funds were redirected to cleanup from earlier military base closures.

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