What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Government Funding for a Broad Range of Human Needs : HR 2918. (Fiscal 2010 legislative branch spending) Motion to preserve a measure that would spend $4.6 billion for the operations of the legislative branch/On the motion (2009 senate Roll Call 301)
 Who: All Members : New York : Gillibrand, Kirsten
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HR 2918. (Fiscal 2010 legislative branch spending) Motion to preserve a measure that would spend $4.6 billion for the operations of the legislative branch/On the motion
senate Roll Call 301     Sep 30, 2009
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This vote was on whether to allow to go forward the conference report on a bill that would appropriate $4.6 billion in fiscal 2010 for the operations of the legislative branch of federal government.  The bill also contains stopgap funding, through Oct. 31, 2009, for any federal department or agency whose fiscal 2010 appropriation bill had not been enacted.  This “continuing resolution” is a procedure which, while not common, is not unheard of, particularly during a busy year when Congress can’t complete its annual appropriations bills.  This “continuing resolution” language would give lawmakers an extra month to finish its appropriations bills.  A conference report is the final agreement reached between the House and Senate when each chamber passes different versions of the same bill.

Judd Gregg, R-N.H., attempted to defeat the measure with a parliamentary maneuver, arguing that the measure violated the Senate’s rules against any legislation that increases the deficit. 

“We should not add another $4 billion to the budget that is going to go directly to the debt our children will have to bear.  So let’s vote in favor of supporting the budget that we passed. Let’s vote against adding $4 billion of more debt to our childrens’ backs. We can correct the problem this issue confronts without adding to the deficit and the debt, and we can correct it without doing violence to the budget which was passed by the majority,” Gregg said.

Ben Nelson, D-Neb., then made a motion to waive the rules for the bill and allow it to go forward.  Nelson said without the continuing resolution, the government will have a difficult time doing its job.

By a vote of 61-39, the motion to waive the rules was agreed to.  All but one Democrat present voted to waive the rules.  All but two Republicans present voted against waiving the rules.  The end result is that the rules were waived, and the attempt to defeat the fiscal 2010 legislative branch spending bill was not successful.

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