What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : (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 Hodes of New Hampshire amendment, which added a requirement all federal departments and agencies receiving funds under the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice track and report the amount of previously appropriated funds that had not been disbursed. (2009 house Roll Call 401)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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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 Hodes of New Hampshire amendment, which added a requirement all federal departments and agencies receiving funds under the fiscal year 2010 appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice track and report the amount of previously appropriated funds that had not been disbursed.
house Roll Call 401     Jun 18, 2009
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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 Hodes (D-NH) Amendment, which had passed the House, required the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to have all federal departments and agencies receiving funds under H.R. 2487 track and report the amount of previously appropriated funds that had not been disbursed. 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 165-247. One hundred and sixty-one Republicans and four Democrats voted “aye”. Two hundred and thirty-six Democrats and eleven Republicans voted “nay”. As a result, the motion to reconsider the previous vote approving the Hodes Amendment was defeated, the language of the amendment requiring federal departments and agencies receiving funds under H.R. 2847 to report amounts of previously appropriated, but not yet disbursed, funds was retained in the bill, and the legislative process was delayed for a few minutes.

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