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H.R. 2206 (110th): U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007

May 24, 2007 at 8:26 p.m. ET. On the Motion (Motion to Concur in House Amdt. to Senate Amdt to H.R.2206) in the Senate.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2206 (110th) in the Senate. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, (Pub.L. 110–28, 121 Stat. 112, enacted May 25, 2007), is an emergency appropriations act passed by the 110th United States Congress that provides funding for the Iraq War through September 30, 2007. A prior version of the act, H.R. 1591, included a timeline for withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. H.R. 1591 was passed by Congress but vetoed by the President. While the veto of H.R. 1591 could have caused delays for Iraq war expenditures, the availability of funds resulting from the passage of the Defense Appropriations Act on September 29, 2006, allowed the Department of Defense to continue Iraq War spending in the interim period between the veto of H.R. 1591 and the President's signature of approval for H.R. 2206. The Feed and Forage Act was not invoked by the U.S. government in the days prior to the passage of H.R. 2206.

Components of the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007 include:

  • Funding for wars in Afghanistan and Iraq (Title I)
  • Disaster relief related to Hurricane Katrina (Title II)
  • Elimination of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) shortfall and other health matters (Title VII)
  • The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007 (Title VIII)

This summary is from Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia

Totals

All Votes D R I
Yea 85%
 
 
 
80
37
 
42
 
1
 
Nay 15%
 
 
 
14
10
 
3
 
1
 
Not Voting
 
 
 
6
2
 
4
 
0
 

Motion Agreed to. Simple Majority Required. Source: senate.gov.

The Yea votes represented 79% of the country’s population by apportioning each state’s population to its voting senators.

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