What: All Issues : Health Care : HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Graves of Missouri amendment that would increase funding for individuals with disabilities/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 house Roll Call 650)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Graves of Missouri amendment that would increase funding for individuals with disabilities/On agreeing to the amendment
house Roll Call 650     Jul 18, 2007
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This vote was on an amendment by Sam Graves, R-Mo., that would increase special education funding for those with disabilities by $125 million, and would pay for that increase by cutting the same amount of money from the National Institutes of Health's global AIDS fund. The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the Labor, Health and Education departments in fiscal 2008.

"My amendment helps us fulfill our commitment to funding special education while also providing a small increase in funding to the Global Fund as was provided last year. I don't take this money from any domestic program. These funds are dedicated to an overseas program, and they still see a $1 million increase over last year," Graves said.  "My amendment sets the right priorities for our Nation's children with special needs."

David Obey, D-Wis., said cutting global AIDS funding would "undercut out standing yet again in the world."  He also argued that the bill strikes a good balance between competing needs already.

"You and I are very lucky human beings. Our souls were, thanks to God, infused in a body that lives in the United States. If they had been infused in a body that was born in Africa or in Asia or in some of the other hot spots in the world in terms of these diseases, I think we would take a look at this issue in a quite different way.  This program provides the only real leadership in the world to attack this program."

By a vote of 203-224, the amendment was rejected. Of Democrats present, 17 voted for the amendment and 211 voted against it.  Of Republicans present, 186 voted for the amendment and 13 voted against it.  The end result is an amendment that would have boosted special education funding by cutting global AIDS funding was defeated.

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