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THE HOUSE : Aid to Israel

March 17, 1991

By a vote of 24 to 397, the House rejected an amendment to strip a spending bill of $650 million to help Israel repair the economic damage it suffered in the Persian Gulf War. The bill (HR 1281), appropriating $4.3 billion for a variety of domestic and foreign programs this fiscal year, was sent to the Senate with the money for Israel intact.

Sponsor Tim Valentine (D-N.C.) said: "The state of Israel needs to come to a time when it can stand alone."

Opponent Mickey Edwards (R-Okla.) said the aid, recommended by the Bush Administration, was necessary to keep Israel secure.

A yes vote opposed sending war-related aid to Israel. How They Voted

Rep. Anderson (D): Nay

Rep. Dornan (R): Nay

Rep. Dreier (R): Nay

Rep. Dymally (D): Yea

Rep. Martinez (D): Nay

Rep. Roybal (D): Nay

Rep. Torres (D): Nay

Rep. Waters (D): Nay

Public Housing

By a vote of 177 to 240, the House rejected an amendment to HR 1281 (above) authorizing $787 million for new approaches to public housing and programs for the homeless. The money was to have come from several other public housing programs. It was to have funded Administration-backed initiatives enabling tenants to buy their units, block grants to states and cities to spur development of affordable housing, and rental aid and other services for the homeless.

Supporters said providing ownership opportunities would enable tenants to begin to break the poverty cycle, while many opponents said federal money for existing public housing needs already is too scarce.

A yes vote was to fund the Administration-backed housing and homeless initiatives. How They Voted

Rep. Anderson (D): Nay

Rep. Dornan (R): Yea

Rep. Dreier (R): Yea

Rep. Dymally (D): Nay

Rep. Martinez (D): Yea

Rep. Roybal (D): No vote

Rep. Torres (D): Nay

Rep. Waters (D): Nay

To Fund the War

By a vote of 380 to 19, the House sent to the Senate a bill (HR 1282) appropriating $42.6 billion for U.S. military costs of the Persian Gulf War. American taxpayers would provide up to $15 billion, with the remainder supplied by allies. To date,more than $30 billion remains unpaid out of nearly $44 billion pledged by allies to defray U.S. war costs.

In part, the bill earmarks $79 billion for personnel costs, $63 billion for combat costs estimated at more than $150 million per day, and $29 billion for weapons projects such as replenishing and upgrading "smart bomb" and Patriot and Tomahawk missile arsenals.

A yes vote supported Gulf War appropriations. How They Voted

Rep. Anderson (D): Yea

Rep. Dornan (R): Yea

Rep. Dreier (R): No vote

Rep. Dymally (D): No vote

Rep. Martinez (D): Yea

Rep. Roybal (D): No vote

Rep. Torres (D): Yea

Rep. Waters (D): Nay

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