What: All Issues : Environment : (H.R.2847) On a roll call vote, resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority;, the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Cuellar of Texas amendment to the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, which prohibited funds in the bill from being used to purchase light bulbs that do not have an "Energy Star" or "Federal Energy Management Program" designation. (2009 house Roll Call 399)
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(H.R.2847) On a roll call vote, resulting from a delaying procedure by the Republican minority;, the vote was on whether the House should reconsider its previous approval of the Cuellar of Texas amendment to the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, which prohibited funds in the bill from being used to purchase light bulbs that do not have an "Energy Star" or "Federal Energy Management Program" designation.
house Roll Call 399     Jun 18, 2009
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
No

This was a vote generated by one of a series of procedural moves of the Republican minority, which were designed to protest the decision of the Democratic majority to limit the number of amendments that could be offered to H.R. 2847, the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice and for federal science and other programs.

The Cuellar (D-TX) Amendment, which had passed the House, prohibited funds in the bill from being used to purchase light bulbs that do not have an "Energy Star" or "Federal Energy Management Program" designation. It is common practice in the House, after any vote, for the Speaker to declare, “without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table”. According to the House Floor Procedural Manual: “(I)f no objection is raised, this has the parliamentary effect of ending any possibility that another vote . . . can take place.”  The Manual also notes that objection is often raised, and a motion is made to reconsider the previous vote, “when Members (usually minority Members) determine there is a need to slow down the legislative process.” That is what occurred here.

The vote was 165-245. One hundred and sixty Republicans and five Democrats voted “aye”. Two hundred and thirty-six Democrats and nine Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, the motion to reconsider the previous vote approving the Cuellar Amendment was defeated, the language prohibiting funds in H.R. 2847 from being used to purchase light bulbs that do not have an "Energy Star" or "Federal Energy Management Program" designation stayed in the bill, and the legislative process was delayed for a few minutes.

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