What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Lewis of California motion to send the bill back to committee to add language allowing background checks on teachers and other employees/On the motion (2007 house Roll Call 685)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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HR 3043. (Fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending) Lewis of California motion to send the bill back to committee to add language allowing background checks on teachers and other employees/On the motion
house Roll Call 685     Jul 19, 2007
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This vote was on a motion by Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., to send the bill back to the Appropriations Committee for a rewrite (known as a “motion to recommit”).  Lewis wanted the committee to add language that would allow funding provided to schools and other agencies to be used to conduct background checks on teachers and other employees.   The motion was made to the fiscal 2008 Labor-Health-Education spending bill.

"Essentially for the House’s better understanding, we provide simply discretionary flexibility to school districts to use funding in these titles to make certain that they know well the backgrounds of those people who will be working with and around children," Lewis said, explaining why he made the motion.

David Obey, D-Wis., said the recommital motion would have the effect of killing the bill, because it does not set a timetable on which the bill would be returned to the floor of the House of Representatives.

"The membership should also understand that this recommit kills the bill. It is dressed up in language on fees, but in fact it calls for the bill to be referred to the committee and reported back promptly, not forthwith. And, as Members know, that is a device that kills the bill," Obey said.  In the peculiar language of the House of Representatives, if a motion is to be reported “forthwith,” that means the change in question is executed on the floor of the House, and consideration resumes immediately.  If it is to be reported “promptly,” the bill actually is in fact sent back to committee, where the bill can die easily.

By a vote of 206-213, the motion was rejected.  Every Republican present voted for the motion.  Of Democrats present, all but 11 voted against the motion.  Thus, the motion to send the bill back to the committee to add language permitting funding to be used for teacher background checks was defeated and debate on the bill continued.

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