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November 11, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3043: Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations

H.Res. 794: Providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 3043

Will the House now consider the resolution
Passed 203-178

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 218-183

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 216-182

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 158-248


H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008
Making appropriations for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Conference Report: 110-427

Funding Level Details:
  • The umbilical cord blood stem cell inventory is funded at the Senate level of $12 million, $3 million less than the $15 million level included in the Smith (NJ)/Davis (AL) amendment which passed on voice vote, but above the $4 million originally included in the version of the bill passed by the House Appropriations Committee.
  • The Title X program which serves as a funding stream for abortion-providing organizations like Planned Parenthood is funded at just under $311 million which reflects a $28 million increase. The $28 million increase in Title X funds is paired with a $28 million increase in abstinence education funding.
Pro-life provisions retained:
  • DOMESTIC FUNDING BAN (HYDE)—bans federal funding of domestic abortions, except in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. (enacted in various forms in FYs 1976-2007)
  • ABORTION NON-DISCRIMINATION PROVISION (HYDE-WELDON)—provides conscience protection for health care entities. By preventing local entities from discriminating against health care entities because they refuse to provide, pay for or refer for abortion. (Enacted FY 2005-07)
  • EMBRYO DESTRUCTIVE RESEARCH FUNDING BAN (DICKEY-WICKER)—ban on federal funding of harmful human embryo research with report language saying it does not conflict with the President’s embryonic stem cell policy. (enacted in FYs 1996-2007)
  • MEDICARE ADVANTAGE CONSCIENCE PROTECTION—conscience protection for health care entities under the Medicare ADVANTAGE program to ensure that they will not be discriminated against in state and federal programs if they refuse to provide abortions. (Enacted FY 1999-2007)
  • RAPE REPORTING—provision stating that Title X grantees are not exempt from state reporting laws on child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape or incest. (Enacted FY 1999-2007)

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 269-142

Senate Conference Report Votes

On Agreeing to the Senate Amendment
Passed 274-141


Democrat Labor-HHS/Military-Veterans Conference Report Daschles Taxpayers
Later tonight, Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the Democrat Leadership will bring an 853-page Labor-HHS/ Military-Veterans Conference Report to the floor of the House. This bill will include secret earmarks that were inserted after both the House and Senate voted on the different spending bills included in this larger Conference Report.

House Passes Labor-HHS, Military-Veterans Conference Report
Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 3043, the conference report for the combined FY 2008 Labor-HHS and Military-Veterans Appropriations bills. This legislation, at $215.4 billion, is a $21.2 billion (or 10.9 percent) increase above last year, and $13.8 billion (or 6.8 percent) above the President’s request. The President has threatened to veto this legislation, and the 269 to 142 vote in favor of H.R. 3043 would not be enough to overturn such a veto.

Boehner Opposes Labor-HHS Bill Over Excessive Spending, Wasteful Pork
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) opposed the Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations conference report (H.R. 3043), noting the Majority failed to secure a veto-override margin on a measure that spends some $12.2 billion above the President's request.

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