What: All Issues : Environment : (H.R. 5110) Final passage of legislation authorizing the National Park Service to add 415 acres to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona. (2010 house Roll Call 537)
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(H.R. 5110) Final passage of legislation authorizing the National Park Service to add 415 acres to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona.
house Roll Call 537     Sep 23, 2010
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

This was a vote on a motion to suspend the rules and pass legislation authorizing the National Park Service to add 415 acres to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona.  (Motions to suspend the rules limit time allowed for debate, and prohibit members from offering amendments. A two-thirds vote is required to approve the motion and pass a bill, rather than the usual majority.) The monument consists of preserved pre-historic structures built by a Native American community that resided in the area during the early 13th century.

Del. Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands) urged support for the legislation: “…Given the value of the resources involved, this should be an easy decision. It would be a shame if political gamesmanship and partisan bickering allowed these pieces of our past, the jobs that would be created, and the hard work of the people of this part of Arizona to be lost forever.”

Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA) argued the legislation was fiscally irresponsible and could infringe upon the rights of private property owners in the area where additional acreage would be added to the monument: “First, this bill represents wasteful and unnecessary spending at a time of exploding federal debt. Second, it lacks needed protection for private property rights. Third, it expands the already bloated federal government at a time when our priority should be on jobs and economic growth, not the growth of government.”

The vote on the Casa Grande Ruins bill was 244-174. 242 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted “yea.” 172 Republicans and 2 Democrats voted “nay.” While a majority of members voted in favor of this bill, motions to suspend the rules require a two-thirds majority vote for passage. Since this bill did not receive a two-thirds majority vote, the measure failed. As a result, the House rejected legislation authorizing the National Park Service to add 415 acres to the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in Coolidge, Arizona. Democratic leaders, however, remained free to bring the bill up again under a different process requiring only a simple majority vote for passage.

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