Pelosi: Majority's Labor-Health-Education Appropriations Bill Defeated Because It Had Wrong Priorities'
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement this afternoon after the House defeated the $142.5 billion fiscal year 2006 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations conference report. The vote was 224 to 209, with all Democrats voting against the bill; it was the first time since September 1995 that an appropriations conference report has been defeated on the House floor.
"Republicans suffered a tremendous defeat, when their Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Bill was voted down on the House floor this afternoon.
"It was defeated because it had the wrong priorities and did not address the needs of the American people. This bill cut our federal investment in education, it abandoned job training programs, and it fails our public health system. This bill got what it deserved.
"I served on the Labor, Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee for more than 12 years. We called our bill the people's bill,' because it should be about health, well being, education for our children, help for workers, and jobs for our country. Today, Republicans tried to undermine our most essential domestic initiatives, but fortunately Democrats prevailed and defeated this misguided bill. Democrats will continue to stand for an America that works for everyone, not just the few."