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Local Partnership Act dies in committee on tie vote.

The Local Partnership Act (HR 5259) was defeated on a tie vote in the House Government Operations Committee on June 3. It would have provided a one-year payment of $5.4 billion to cities, towns and counties across the United States to help them deal with the impacts of the current recession as well as to provide some relief from unequal fiscal capacity between local governments.

The Act was introduced by Reps. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) as a substitute for Chairman Conyers' earlier bill on this subject, HR 3601.

The funds, which would have been distributed on a formula similar to that of the former General Revenue Sharing program, with the addition of unemployment data, attempted to target greater assistance to communities with the greatest needs while providing funds to all general purpose local governments.

The bill, which had been expected to pass out of the committee was defeated by the combination of six Democratic votes and all 14 Republican members who voted. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) was absent and did not submit a proxy vote. Rep. Doug Barnard (D-Ga.) who had been expected to cast a favorable vote instead voted "no" setting up a 20 yea 19 no vote at the end of the first pass through the roll call. The final blow occurred when Rep. Glenn English (D-Okla.), whose vote had not been recorded, then asked that he be recorded as voting no, producing the tie which killed the legislation.

Final Vote

On the final vote the No votes were: English (D-Okl), Barnard (D-Ga.), Kleczka (D-Wisc.), Condit (D-Calif.), Luken (D-Ohio), Neal (D-N.C.), Horton (R-N.Y.), Clinger (R-Pa.), McCandless (R-Calif.), Hastert (R-Il.), Kyl (R-Ariz.), Shays (R-Conn.), Schiff (R-N.M.), Cox (R-Calif.), Thomas (R-Wyo.), Machtley (R-R.I.), Zimmer (R-N.J.), Zeliff (R-N.H.), Klug (R-Wisc.), and Sanders (I-Vt.).

The Yes votes were: Conyers (D-Mich.), Collins (D-Ill.), Waxman (D-Calif.), Weiss (D-N.Y.), Synar (D-Okla.), Lantos (D-Calif.), Wise (D-W.V.), Boxer (D-Calif.), Owens (D-N.Y.), Towns (D-N.Y.), Erdreich (D-Ala.), Bustamante (D-Calif.), Martinez (D-Calif.), Payne (D-N.J.), Mink (D-Hawaii), Thornton (D-Ark.), Peterson (D-Minn.), DeLauro (D-Conn.), Luken (D-Ohio), and Cox (D-Ill.).
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Author:Peterson, Doug
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Jun 8, 1992
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