What: All Issues : Environment : Air Pollution : H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Passage of Bill Making Appropriations for (Funding) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies for Fiscal Year 2006.
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H.R. 2361. Appropriations/Environment/Vote on Passage of Bill Making Appropriations for (Funding) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and Other Agencies for Fiscal Year 2006.
house Roll Call 199     May 19, 2005
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House overwhelmingly passed H.R. 2361, a bill making appropriations for (funding) the Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). The bill would appropriate $26.2 billion for those agencies for FY06. Members did not conduct a debate on the House floor specifically regarding final passage of this legislation, but the vote followed a long day of discussion and votes on procedural matters and substantive amendments. In general, Democrats, including Progressives, criticized what they stated was the bill's failure to fund adequately the EPA, as well as the bill's proposed cuts in many programs Democrats deemed vital to the health and well-being of the country and its citizens. Democrats also argued that many of these cuts were consequences of the President's tax cuts, which had left the government without enough money to fund many of these important federal programs, like those run through the EPA. Republicans countered that the bill prioritized the limited resources available in order to preserve the environment, fund Indian health programs, preserve historical landmarks and public resources like national parks and help the Interior Department fight wildfires. The House passed the Interior Appropriations bill by a vote of 329 to 89, with 115 Democrats crossing party lines to vote against Progressives and in favor of the bill. Thus, the House established what it believed ought to be the funding for the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies for fiscal year 2006, and sent that bill on to the Senate.

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