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On Motion to Recommit with Instructions: H.R. 268: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019

Jan 16, 2019 at 5:47 p.m. ET.

This was an attempt by House Republicans to block part of House Democrats’ funding proposal, H.R. 268, which would provide funding for emergency disaster relief and reopened the agencies whose funding lapsed at the start of the partial government shutdown until February 8, 2019. This vote was to remove the part of the bill that would have temporarily reopened federal agencies (a so called “continuing resolution”), leaving only the part that would have provided emergency disaster relief (House Clerk, 5:31:39 P.M.)

An “aye” vote was a vote to strike the continuing resolution from the bill and only include disaster relief funding. A “no” vote was a vote to proceed to a vote on the original bill, including both disaster relief and the continuing resolution.

On December 22, 2018 the 115th Congress was unable to reach a deal to fund some federal agencies through fiscal year 2019 after President Trump demanded $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate had unanimously passed a bill to fund the government through 2019, without the border wall, the then Republican-controlled House amended the bill adding $5 billion in funding for a southern border wall. The Senate neglected to vote on that bill leaving it to die in the previous Congress. When funding lapsed for the USDA, FDA, and Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Interior, Environment, State, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, the partial government shutdown began. When the 116th Congress began in 2019, Democrats took control of the House. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi made it clear that the House does not plan to approve funding for the border wall in any future appropriations bills. As of January 24, House Democrats have passed ten different bills that would completely or partially reopen the federal government. Only H.R. 268 has been considered by the Senate, where Republican and Democratic amendments to the bill both failed.

This vote was related to a bill introduced by Rep. Nita Lowey [D-NY17] on January 8, 2019, H.R. 268: Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019.

Totals

All Votes D R
Aye 46%
 
 
193
0
 
193
 
No 54%
 
 
231
231
 
0
 
Not Voting
 
 
9
3
 
6
 

Failed. Simple Majority Required. Source: house.gov.

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