Rep. Bill Owens offered an amendment to a military appropriations bill in the House of Representatives that would increase spending on veterans' mental health services by $20 million.
Though Mr. Owens said the spending was "fully offset," which meant it was paid for by cuts in other places, it failed along party lines this afternoon.
Two Republicans voted yes, and 234 voted no. Democrats voted in unison, with 184 voting yes, zero voting no, and 11 not voting.
Here's a video of Mr. Owens' speech, in which he says that the measure — to help aid vets who have post traumatic stress disorder — is essential: