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.Res. 976) Legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other government operations - - on the resolution setting the terms for debating the legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other government operations. (2009 house Roll Call 983)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.Res. 976) Legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other government operations - - on the resolution setting the terms for debating the legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other government operations.
house Roll Call 983     Dec 16, 2009
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This was on the resolution or “rule” setting the terms for considering the legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other government departments and agencies. Among the terms of the rule was one that prevented Members from offering any amendments to the legislation.

Ret. Pingree (D-ME) was leading the support for the rule. She argued that the provisions of the legislation related to the military and to domestic programs were connected and were all critical. Referring to the ongoing economic downturn, she said: “Our economic security and our national security are inextricably linked, and our economic security is still in dire straits.”

Pingree also said that the legislation “invests in our nation's infrastructure, and it puts more Americans back to work by providing $48 billion to rebuild and repair our national transportation system. This investment provides a measurable return, not only by creating and preserving jobs but by literally building the foundation for a long-term economic recovery. This bill will also preserve the jobs of teachers, of police officers, and of firefighters. For those who have already lost their jobs, the Jobs Act extends unemployment benefits for 2 months, and it maintains the current COBRA subsidy (that extends health care to those who lose their jobs). These programs--these investments, the economic lifelines--have a real impact.”

Rep. Foxx (R-NC) was leading the opposition to the rule. She first acknowledged that the bill for which the rule would set the terms of debate “contains funding for several important and necessary initiatives . . . .” However, Foxx argued that the bill overemphasized non-defense programs over those for defense and claimed that this difference “represent the wrong priorities of the Democrats . . . (and reflects) a dangerous, wrongheaded policy that does not rightly prioritize the security of our nation.”

Foxx then noted her objection to the portion of the rule that did not permit amendments to be offered to the bill and said that the Democratic majority had “gone to great lengths to shut down debate. Therefore, I urge my colleagues to vote ‘no’ on the rule so the bill can be returned to the committee and can be brought back under regular order.”

The rule was approved by a vote of 228-201.  All two hundred and twenty-eight “aye” votes were cast by Democrats, including a majority of the most progressive Members. Twenty-six other Democrats joined all one hundred and seventy-five Republicans and voted “nay”. As a result, the House was able to begin debating the legislation providing fiscal year 2010 funding for the Departments of Defense and Commerce, the Justice Department and various other departments and agencies.

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