What: All Issues : Environment : HR 2346. (Fiscal 2009 supplemental spending) Motion to protect against parliamentary maneuvers a measure that would appropriate $105.9 billion in emergency funds, including for war funding and pandemic preparedness/On the motion (2009 senate Roll Call 209)
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HR 2346. (Fiscal 2009 supplemental spending) Motion to protect against parliamentary maneuvers a measure that would appropriate $105.9 billion in emergency funds, including for war funding and pandemic preparedness/On the motion
senate Roll Call 209     Jun 18, 2009
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win
Qualifies as polarizing?
Yes
Is this vote crucial?
Yes

This vote was on a $105.9 billion emergency supplemental spending bill conference report for fiscal year 2009.  The funding includes money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as for pandemic flu preparations.  This particular vote was on protecting the measure from “points of order,” or parliamentary maneuvers intended to quickly kill the bill.  Under Senate rules, lawmakers can raise these “points of order” against any provision in a conference report (which represents the deal struck between both the House and Senate on any certain bill) that is new funding not first authorized elsewhere.

The provision in question that Democrats were trying to protect against parliamentary maneuvers is the so-called “cash for clunkers” program, which is intended to encourage people to trade in older cars for newer, more fuel-efficient cars.

Judd Gregg, R-N.H., who complained that the provision was included in the bill, said he didn’t have a philosophical problem with the program, but rather that the House included the provision without consulting the Senate.

“Basically, this is a bill that was drafted in the House without the input of the Senate. There was a much better bill in the Senate.  So the bill itself is flawed because it basically only allows—it allows you to exchange your car and get money for your car, but the increased mileage on the new car you buy only has to be a mile or two a gallon, which is virtually nothing. It has virtually no impact,” Gregg said.

Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, did not address the “cash for clunkers” language directly. He said he understands that “there may be one or two items that not all Members agree with” in the bill, but that Congress must pass it anyway. 

“The funding in this bill is critical to the Defense Department in continuing to support our servicemen and women fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I would point out that if we cannot pass this bill, we will shortly run out of funds to pay our service members and to ensure funds are available to support the readiness of all our forces, not just those serving in Southwest Asia,” Inouye said.

By a vote of 60-36, the motion carried.  All but one Democrat present voted for the motion.  Of Republicans present, four voted for the motion and 35 voted against it.  The end result is that the motion carried, the measure was protected against parliamentary maneuvers that could quickly kill a bill that would appropriate $105.9 billion in emergency supplemental funding for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and create a “cash for clunkers” program.

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