What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Musgrave of Colorado amendment that would cut .5 percent of spending/On agreeing to the amendment (2007 house Roll Call 682)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Musgrave of Colorado amendment that would cut .5 percent of spending/On agreeing to the amendment
house Roll Call 682     Jul 19, 2007
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This vote was on an amendment by Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., that would cut spending in the bill across the board by .5 percent.  The amendment was offered to the bill that funds the Labor, Health and Education departments in fiscal 2008.

Musgrave said her amendment is a small step toward restoring fiscal discipline and that it is necessary in a time of deficits.

" I’m just offering the Members of Congress yet another opportunity to do the right thing, the right thing being exercising fiscal discipline, just a modicum of fiscal discipline, 1.5 percent. So the increase in this bill would go from 4.8 increase to 4.3. Now, some people would miscategorize that as a cut. It is not a cut. It is still an increase in spending of 4.3 percent," Musgrave said.

Steve Israel, D-N.Y., called the amendment a "fringe offering," and criticized Musgrave for seeking to cut spending priorities such as education and health programs.

"The solution to America’s problems is now down to .5 percent, less Pell Grant money so the kids can go to college, higher fuel bills in the winter for people who can’t pay their fuel bills. I never saw a .5 percent reduction in funds to Halliburton. I never saw a .5 percent reduction in the $13 billion in giveaways to Big Oil company executives, who are making the world’s greatest profits. But now suddenly, when it comes to reducing people’s heating bills or reducing their college costs, we want them to have another .5 percent burden because the burden they have just isn’t enough," Israel said.

The amendment was rejected by a vote of 177-245.  Of Republicans present, 161 voted for the amendment and 35 voted against it.  Of Democrats present, 16 voted for the amendment and 210 voted against it.  The end result is that the bill that funds the Labor, Health and Education departments in fiscal 2008 went forward with its funding intact.

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