What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission (H.R. 1)/On passage (2007 house Roll Call 15)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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Implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission (H.R. 1)/On passage
house Roll Call 15     Jan 09, 2007
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This vote was on passage of a bill to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission.

Formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report in 2004. The then-Republican-led Congress followed with a broad overhaul of intelligence operations, but Democrats complained that some recommendations by the bipartisan commission had been ignored. During the 2006 midterm elections Democrats campaigned on a promise to implement the remainder of the commission's recommendations.

The bill encompassing those changes became H.R. 1, symbolically the most important bill of the session. The measure would require all cargo loaded onto passenger jets and on ships coming into U.S. ports to be screened. It would further authorize new domestic intelligence and emergency-communications grant programs for local law enforcement officials, as well as create a new formula for distributing homeland security grants to state and local governments resulting in more money to large, metropolitan areas.

Republican critics of the bill pointed out that it still did not go as far as the commission had recommended in certain areas, including declassifying the intelligence budget.

Democrats pointed out that their bill went much further in fully implementing the commission's recommendations than Republicans were able to accomplish during their control of both the House and Senate in the two years following the commission's report.

Republicans also critiqued the bill because it did not specify how specific initiatives would be funded. The sponsor of the bill, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said that he would have included more funding allocations if there had been more time to draft the bill. Republicans such as Rep. Jerry Lewis (Calif.), the ranking lawmaker on the Appropriations Committee, pointed out that there is "no way we can afford these programs without raising fees or taxes."

Despite criticism of the bill from their party, 68 Republicans ended up voting for the measure. Democratic support was unanimous, and the final vote was 299-128. Thus, the House passed legislation implementing many of the unfulfilled recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, including a requirement that all cargo entering the United States be screened, a provision that drew a possible veto threat from the White House.

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