What: All Issues : War & Peace : Relations with Saudi Arabia : H.R. 1268. Appropriations/Foreign Aid/Vote on Amendment to Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Prohibit Federal Funds in This Bill From Being Used to Assist Saudi Arabia.
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H.R. 1268. Appropriations/Foreign Aid/Vote on Amendment to Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill to Prohibit Federal Funds in This Bill From Being Used to Assist Saudi Arabia.
house Roll Call 74     Mar 15, 2005
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill that would have prohibited any federal funds from this bill from being used to assist Saudi Arabia. (Each year, Congress appropriates the funds necessary for the running of the country for the coming fiscal year. Later in the year, Congress also generally considers an "emergency supplemental appropriations" bill to fund activities or areas of need that were, arguably, unanticipated at the time of the year's original appropriations process. H.R. 1268 was the Emergency Supplemental appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2005.) Making the Progressive argument, Weiner stated that the Saudis were exporting terrorism and Wahabism (an extremely conservative–some say fanatical–sect of Islam) and that human rights were suffering in that country. Thus, he argued, none of the U.S. funds being appropriated in the Emergency Supplemental ought to go to the Saudis. Republicans countered that no funds were directed to the Saudis in the legislation as drafted, and that in any event, a prohibition against sending U.S. foreign aid funds to Saudi Arabia was already included and enshrined in law via the regular foreign aid appropriations bill passed in the previous year. The House defeated the Progressive position and Weiner's amendment by a vote of 196 to 231, with 39 Republicans and 44 Democrats crossing party lines in the vote. Thus, no explicit stipulation that Saudi Arabia could not receive U.S. foreign aid funds was included in the Emergency Supplemental appropriations bill.

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