What: All Issues : Health Care : Veterans and Active Military Personnel : H. Res. 274, providing for the consideration of H.R. 1538 (Wounded Warrior Assistance Act)/On agreeing to the resolution (2007 house Roll Call 204)
 Who: All Members : New York : Gillibrand, Kirsten
H. Res. 274, providing for the consideration of H.R. 1538 (Wounded Warrior Assistance Act)/On agreeing to the resolution
house Roll Call 204     Mar 28, 2007
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This vote was on a measure to provide floor consideration for a bill to improve the care of wounded military service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The legislation was prompted by reports of widespread instances of returning service members receiving inadequate or improper care, particularly at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The bill would add caseworkers and counselors to the military's medical system, increase the number of physicians and require the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department to improve coordination of the transfer of service members to the care of one bureaucracy to the other.

"There is no doubt that the military medical system has been overwhelmed in meeting the demands of war over the past four years," Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) said. The Pentagon has estimated that 25,000 service members have been injured in the conflict, many requiring long-term care.

"Supporting our troops does not mean that you simply salute as you send them off to war, ask them to serve in sacrifice for our great country, but it also means that they are supported when they come home, their families are respected, and our wounded warriors receive superior health care for their physical injuries and mental scars," said Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.).

This resolution outlined what's known as a structured rule, meaning that only amendments previously approved by the Rules Committee would be considered in order. The rules package also provided for 1 hour and 20 minutes of debate, with time divided equally between each side.

Although the House would go on to unanimously approve the underlying legislation, the rules package was opposed by some Republicans on grounds that it was too "restrictive," in the words of Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), and didn't allow Republicans to offer all of the amendments they would have liked

Seventeen Republicans joined all 226 Democrats present in approving the rules package. Thus, by a vote of 243-179, the House outlined rules for floor consideration of a bill to improve care for wounded military service personnel returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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