What: All Issues : War & Peace : Well-Being of America's Military Personnel : HR 1268. Fiscal 2005 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Provide and Additional $213 Million for the Procurement of Up-Armored Humvees.
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HR 1268. Fiscal 2005 Supplemental Appropriations/Vote to Provide and Additional $213 Million for the Procurement of Up-Armored Humvees.
senate Roll Call 108     Apr 21, 2005
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During debate on the 2005 Supplemental Appropriations bill for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan and disaster relief assistance for victims of the December 2004 tsunami, Senator Bayh (D-IN) proposed an amendment to appropriate an additional $213 million to the Army for the purchase of "up-armored high mobility multipurpose-wheeled vehicles" called Humvees. (When issues such as a national emergency or a natural disaster arise which require immediate funding, Congress often drafts a supplemental appropriations bill to provide additional government funding for needs which were not foreseeable during the normal congressional appropriations process.) Progressives supported Bayh's amendment as a way to protect U.S. troops from enemy fire. Progressives pointed to a recent Newsweek piece which indicated that the Army had significantly underestimated the need for up-armored Humvees and that U.S. soldiers, despite significant efforts on their part, had only limited access to scrap metal and other supplies to armor the vehicles themselves. Senator Bayh succinctly explained the purpose of his amendment: "When it comes to protecting our troops, we should do whatever it takes to get the job done and not leave some exposed to unnecessary harm while choosing instead to protect others." Conservatives opposed Bayh's amendment and argued that additional expenditures on up-armored Humvees were unnecessary. According to Senator Stevens, "The Army maintains they do not need more uparmored humvees in Afghanistan because they are too heavy to maneuver in the mountainous Afghan terrain. In the areas where they are capable of being used, we are bringing more and more critically needed equipment, such as the Strikers, into Iraq." Forty-three Democrats joined seventeen Republicans in support of Bayh's amendment, the measure passed 61-39, and additional funding was included in the 2005 Supplemental Appropriations bill for the procurement of up-armored Humvees.

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