What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : (H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would prohibit the use of Homeland Security Department funds for participation in the Obama administration’s interagency task force on global climate change (2011 house Roll Call 392)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would prohibit the use of Homeland Security Department funds for participation in the Obama administration’s interagency task force on global climate change
house Roll Call 392     Jun 02, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. John Carter (R-TX) that would prohibit the use of Homeland Security Department funds for participation in the Obama administration’s interagency task force on global climate change. This amendment was offered to legislation providing annual funding for Homeland Security Department (DHS) programs.

Carter urged support for his amendment: “The U.S. government has no shortage of agencies dedicated to studying global climate change and its impact. For fiscal year 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has a budget of $6.6 billion and identifies taking action on climate change as their number one goal in its fiscal year 2011 through 2015 strategic plan. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, which among other things is charged with climate monitoring, has a budget of $5.6 billion for fiscal year 2011. So why…at a time when our nation is running a public debt of over $14 trillion, should the Department of Homeland Security be spending money on a Climate Change Adaptation Task Force? Millions of pounds of illegal drugs are trafficked across our border each year….An untold number of men, women, and children are trafficked across our border for both sexual and labor exploitation…Additional intelligence recovered from Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, revealed that al Qaeda was considering launching attacks on U.S. trains and subway stations….These are the priorities that the Secretary should be focusing on, not wasting time duplicating the work of the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”

Rep. David Price (D-NC) opposed the amendment: “…The debate isn't about whether or not one believes that climate change is being caused by human beings. The fact is that whatever the cause, climate change is occurring in certain parts of the world. Both the U.S. Coast Guard and the Navy have testified before congressional committees that their operations are greatly affected, particularly in the Arctic region. The Department of Homeland Security has identified other specific climate change-related impacts on DHS missions. These include, as you might expect, disaster response activities and the protection of critical infrastructure….Now it's prudent and necessary for DHS to be able to work with its partner agencies to plan for the effects of climate change on their missions, and it's proper and important that our government agencies be able to talk to each other about the changes they are witnessing and the accommodations to their missions that might need to be made.”

The House agreed to this amendment by a vote of 242-180. Voting “yea” were 233 Republicans and 9 Democrats. 178 Democrats and 2 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House agreed to an amendment that would prohibit the use of Homeland Security Department funds for participation in the Obama administration’s interagency task force on global climate change. In order for this amendment to become law, however, it would need to pass the Senate as well. Since this amendment had not passed the Senate, the Homeland Security Department continued to participate in the Obama administration’s interagency task force on global climate change.

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