What: All Issues : Environment : Clean Water/Water Conservation : (H.R. 4175) On a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to a bill authorizing $50 million to be spent annually on a program to restore estuaries (bodies of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mix with salt water from the sea)
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(H.R. 4175) On a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to a bill authorizing $50 million to be spent annually on a program to restore estuaries (bodies of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mix with salt water from the sea)
house Roll Call 204     Apr 15, 2010
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Progressive

This was a vote on a resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to a bill authorizing $50 million to be spent annually (through 2016) on a program to restore estuaries. (Estuaries are coastal bodies of water in which fresh water --such as from rivers or streams -- mix with salt water from the sea.)

Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME) urged support for the resolution and the underlying bill: "…Many of the Nation's estuaries are in poor environmental health. An impaired estuary not only impacts commercial and recreational fishing, it also harms small businesses that rely on clean water and reduces the number of tourists coming to the State….We're here today to discuss a bill to help restore our Nation's estuaries by promoting comprehensive planning efforts in nationally significant estuaries such as Casco Bay and the Piscatisqua River Estuary on the Maine-New Hampshire border."

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) argued the estuary bill was fiscally irresponsible: "Our national debt stands at $12.8 trillion and is growing every day; yet this bill increases funding levels for the National Estuary Program under the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] to $50 million per year, a 43 percent increase. Actions speak louder than words, Mr. Speaker, and this action suggests the Democrats in charge, at best, are in denial or, at worst, are simply indifferent to the economic situation our country is facing. At a time of record budget deficits, it's crucial that we hold the line on spending."

The House agreed to the resolution setting a time limit for debate and determining which amendments could be offered to the estuary bill by a vote of 235-171. 235 Democrats voted "yea." All 168 Republicans present and 3 Democrats voted "nay."  As a result, the House proceeded to formal floor debate on legislation authorizing $50 million to be spent annually on a program to restore estuaries.

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