What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : (H.Res. 829 ) The conference report containing the agreement between the House and Senate providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Homeland Security - - on a motion to move to an immediate vote on the resolution setting the terms for debating the conference report (2009 house Roll Call 780)
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(H.Res. 829 ) The conference report containing the agreement between the House and Senate providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Homeland Security - - on a motion to move to an immediate vote on the resolution setting the terms for debating the conference report
house Roll Call 780     Oct 15, 2009
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The House and Senate had passed different versions of the bill providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Department of Homeland Security programs. When the two Houses of Congress pass different versions of the same bill, a final version is typically negotiated in a conference between a limited number of members of both bodies, and a conference report is developed. That report then must be passed by both legislative bodies before it is sent to the president to be signed into law.

This was on a procedural motion to have the House move to an immediate vote on the resolution or “rule’ setting the terms for the House debate of the conference report on the 2010 Department of Homeland Security funding bill. The Republican minority had been complaining during the entire legislative year about the procedures that the Democratic majority were using. Among those complaints were that bills were being brought to the House floor for a vote too quickly, without giving Members an adequate opportunity to review them. The Republicans raised this matter again in relation to the conference report on the bill.

Rep. Hastings (D-FL) was leading the support for the rule. He noted that the conference report “appropriates over $42 billion in funds necessary to protect the American people and enhance our national security. Through terrorist threat mitigation, natural disaster response, and immigration enforcement, this appropriations bill provides the funding to fulfill the many essential responsibilities of a range of important governmental agencies, from the Coast Guard to FEMA to Customs and Border Protection to the Transportation Security Administration.”

Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who was the leader on the measure for the Republicans, first said that “the underlying legislation provides the Department (of Homeland Security) with the tools and resources that it needs in order to continue to help to protect the nation from other terrorist attacks.” However, he then referred to the Republican complaint about bringing bills to the floor to quickly and opposed the motion to move to an immediate vote on the rule for the conference report.  Diaz-Balart said he wanted the House to vote first on a separate resolution that would have required all non-emergency legislation to be made available 72 hours before debate on begins any such legislation.

Diaz-Balart argued that this other resolution, sponsored by Reps. Culberson (R-TX) and Baird (D-WA), “will create more transparency of the legislative process by giving lawmakers the time to debate bills with full knowledge and consideration of their implications, while giving citizens time to read legislation and voice their concerns to their congressional delegation.”  Diaz-Balart added that a vote against the motion to move to a second vote on the rule “is one of the only available tools for those who oppose the Democratic majority's agenda and allows those with alternative views the opportunity to offer an alternative plan.”

The motion carried by a vote of 243-173.  Two hundred and forty-two Democrats and one Republican voted “aye”. One hundred and sixty-eight Republicans and five Democrats voted “nay”. As a result, the House moved to a vote on the rule setting the terms for formally debating the 2010 Department of Homeland Security funding bill, and did not consider requiring a 72 hour time period before considering any bill.

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