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April 4, 2011

House Suspension Vote - H.R. 1246: DOD Printing Budget Reduction

H.R. 1246: To reduce the amounts otherwise authorized to be appropriated to the Department of Defense for printing and reproduction.
Passed by 393 votes: 393-0, 39 not voting (2/3 required)

Democrat mildly protests cut to DOD printing budget
House Democrats on Monday indicated they would not vote against a bill to reduce Defense Department printing costs, although their designated speaker on the bill did raise a brief argument that Republicans should be looking to cut far more from Defense spending. Democrats sent one speaker to the floor in a brief debate on H.R. 1246, which would cut 10 percent in DOD printing costs, or $35.7 million from the estimated FY 2012 budget. Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), a delegate who cannot vote, said she would not urge Democrats to vote against the bill, but said the bill is a "bad use of valuable floor time" because the amount saved "hardly makes a dent in multi-trillion dollar deficits facing our nation."

House approves 10 percent cut to DoD printing budget
The House Monday evening passed H.R. 1246, which would cut Defense Department spending costs by 10 percent and save an estimated $35 million in FY 2012. The bill was brought up under a suspension of House rules, which requires the support of two-thirds of voting members. The bill passed unanimously, 393-0. Earlier in the day, the bill drew just token opposition from Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), who said the House could be spending its time more wisely, such as by considering deeper cuts to DoD. However, she said she would not call on Democrats to reject the bill.

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