Congress makes a law

capitolCongress debated H.R. 4660, “Making appropriations for the Departments of Commerce and Justice, Science, and Related Agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2015, and for other purposes” on May 28 and 29, 2014. Congress considered the following amendments:

  1. An amendment, offered by Mr. Lynch, to reduce the funding for operations and administration in the International Trade Administration by $3 million and to increase funding for State and local law enforcement assistance (drug courts) by a similar amount.     On agreeing to the Lynch amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  2. An amendment, offered by Mrs. Davis (CA), to increase the funding for operations and administration in the International Trade Administration by $3 million and to reduce funding for salaries and expenses of the Federal Prison System by a similar amount.     On agreeing to the Davis (CA) amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  3. An amendment, offered by Mr. Reichert, to reduce funding for periodic census and programs by $110 million and to increase funding for community oriented policing services programs (hiring and rehiring of additional career law enforcement officers) by a similar amount.     On agreeing to the Reichert amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  4. An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, to increase funding for operations and administration in the International Trade Administration by $8 million and to reduce funding for NASA exploration by $10 million. On agreeing to the Kildee amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  5. An amendment, offered by Mr. Langevin, to designate $5 million for a survey on the NIST cybersecurity framework for reducing cyber risks to critical infrastructure.     On agreeing to the Langevin amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
  6. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, to allow funds to be used for grants for economic development assistance authorized under section 27 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980.By unanimous consent, the Cicilline amendment was withdrawn.
  7. An amendment, offered by Mr. Pompeo, to strike funding for Economic Development Assistance Programs and transfer the amount of $247,500,000 to the Spending Reduction Account. At the conclusion of debate on the Pompeo amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rogers (KY) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Pompeo amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 129-280 (Roll no. 243) Rep. Reed’s vote hasn’t been recorded at present.
  8. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gibson, to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $4 million and to increase funding for Interagency Crime and Drug Enforcement by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gibson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  9. An amendment, offered by Mr. McNerney, to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $3 million and to increase funding for Community Oriented Policing Services Programs by a similar amount. At the conclusion of debate on the McNerney amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the McNerney amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote:306-106 (Roll no. 244). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  10. An amendment, offered by Mr. Bridenstine, to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $12 million and to increase funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the purpose of weather research by a similar amount.  At the conclusion of debate on the Bridenstine amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Bridenstine amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote:340-71(Roll no. 245). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  11. An amendment, offered by Mr. Nugent, to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $4 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (mental health courts program) by $2 million and State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (veterans treatment courts program) by $2 million. On agreeing to the Nugent amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  12. An amendment, offered by Mr. McDermott, to reduce funding for Periodic Censuses and Programs by $3 million and to increase funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the purpose of salmon propagation by a similar amount. On agreeing to the McDermott amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  13. An amendment, offered by Mr. Holt, to transfer $37,450,000 within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the purpose of climate change research. On agreeing to the Holt amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  14. An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, to transfer $9 million in funding within the NOAA Operations, Research, and Facilities account to the Ocean Acidification Research Program. By unanimous consent, the Bonamici amendment was withdrawn.
  15. An amendment, offered by Mr. Thompson (CA), to increase funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check system by $19.5 million offset by reducing funding for Departmental Management ($1 million); Justice Information Sharing Technology ($3 million); Buildings and Facilities ($5.5 million); and Agency Operations and Awards Management ($10 million). At the conclusion of debate on the Thompson (CA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Wolf demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Thompson (CA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote:260-145 (Roll no. 249). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  16. An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA), to reduce the funding for the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Commerce by $596,000 and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account. On agreeing to the Broun (GA) amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  17. An amendment, offered by Ms. Moore, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $1 million and to increase funding for Administrative Review and Appeals by a similar amount On agreeing to the Moore amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  18. An amendment, offered by Ms. Sinema, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration in the Department of Justice by $1 million and to increase funding for Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs (College Campuses) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Sinema amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  19. An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), to reduce and then increase funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $5 million. At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA)amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. King (IA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote:218-193 (Roll no. 246). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  20. An amendment, offered by Ms. Brownley (CA), to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $1 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance(veterans treatment courts) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Brownley (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  21. An amendment, offered by Mr. McKinley, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $1.5 million and to increase funding for Salaries and Expenses of the International Trade Commission by a similar amount. On agreeing to the McKinley amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  22. An amendment, offered by Ms. Lujan Grisham (NM), to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $2 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (mental health courts) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Lujan Grisham (NM) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  23. An amendment, offered by Mr. Coffman, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, General Administration of the Department of Justice by $1,044,445 and to increase funding for Salaries and Expenses, United States Attorneys by $1 million. On agreeing to the Coffman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  24. An amendment, offered by Ms. Lee (CA), to reduce funding for Justice Information Sharing Technology by $2.5 million; reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses of the Federal Prison System by $500,000 and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (Second Chance) by $3 million. On agreeing to the Lee (CA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  25. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to increase funding for Administrative Review and Appeals by $2 million and to decrease funding for Salaries and Expenses of the Federal Prison System by a similar amount. At the conclusion of debate on the Cohen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cohen demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. Failed
  26. An amendment, offered by Mr. Fleming, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, Legal Activities by $866,000 and to apply the savings to the spending reduction account. On agreeing to the Fleming amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  27. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, legal activities of the Department of Justice by $8 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (prescription drug monitoring) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  28. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, Drug Enforcement Administration, by $5 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (grants for backlogs of sexual assault kits) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; Agreed to by voice
  29. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, Drug Enforcement Administration, by $18 million and to increase funding for payment to the Legal Services Corporation by $15 million. At the conclusion of debate on the Second Cohen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cohen demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.  On agreeing to the First Cohen amendment; Failed by recorded vote:127-282 (Roll no. 247). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  30. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, legal activities of the Department of Justice by $8 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (prescription drug monitoring) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  31. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, Drug Enforcement Administration, by $5 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (grants for backlogs of sexual assault kits) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  32. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cohen, to reduce funding for salaries and expenses, Drug Enforcement Administration, by $18 million and to increase funding for payment to the Legal Services Corporation by $15 million.  At the conclusion of debate on the Second Cohen amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cohen demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Cohen amendment; Failed by recorded vote:173-208 (Roll no. 248). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  33. An amendment, offered by Mr. Polis, to reduce funding for the Salaries and Expenses, Drug Enforcement Administration by $35,000,000. At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Polis amendment; Failed by recorded vote:66-339  (Roll no. 250). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  34. An amendment, offered by Mr. Kildee, to increase funding for Salaries and Expenses, ATF and Explosives, by $15 million and to reduce funding for NASA Exploration by $23 million. On agreeing to the Kildee amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  35. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses (ATF and Explosives) by $6 million and to increase funding for the State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (Veterans Treatment Courts) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  36. An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 8 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, Federal Prison System by $500,000 and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Activities (Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  37. An amendment, offered by Mr. Delaney, to reduce funding for Salaries and Expenses, Federal Prison System by $1 million and increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Activities (criminal justice programs) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Delaney amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  38. An amendment, offered by Mr. Connolly, to reduce funding for Federal Prison System (Buildings and Facilities) by $2.2 million and to increase Office of Justice Programs (State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance) by $1 million. On agreeing to the Connolly amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  39. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gallego, to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Activities ( Office on Violence Against Women) by $2.5 million and to reduce funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gallego amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  40. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to reduce funding for Research, Evaluation and Statistics (Criminal Justice Statistics and Research) by $4.25 million and to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance (Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Gosar amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  41. An amendment, offered by Mr. Cicilline, to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance by $8.5 million and to reduce funding for Science (Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration) by a similar amount. At the conclusion of debate on the Cicilline amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Cicilline demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Cicilline amendment; Failed by recorded vote:196-212 (Roll no. 251). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  42. An amendment, offered by Mr. Kilmer, to increase funding for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance by $2 million and to reduce funding for Science (Aeronautics) by a similar amount. On agreeing to the Kilmer amendment; Failed by voice vote
  43. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, numbered 18 printed in the Congressional Record to increase funds for grants to distribute firearm safety materials and gun locks by $3,000,000. On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  44. An amendment, offered by Mr. Jeffries, to allocate no less than $5,000,000 to establish and implement innovative programs to increase and enhance proactive crime control and prevention programs involving law enforcement officers and young persons in the community. Mr. Wolf raised a point of order against the Jeffries amendment. Mr. Wolf stated that the provisions of the amendment violate clause 2 of rule XXI by proposing to appropriate funds for a program not authorized. The Chair sustained the point of order
  45. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, numbered 19 printed in the congressional record to add incest to the provisions of Sec. 202. Mr. Culberson raised a point of order against the Grayson amendment. Mr. Culberson stated that the provisions of the amendment violate clause 2 of rule XXI by proposing to change existing law and constitute legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
  46. An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA), to reduce funding for the OSTP account by $1,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account. On agreeing to the Broun (GA) amendment; Failed by voice vote
  47. An amendment, offered by Ms. Kaptur, to transfer $7,000,000 from the Space Technology account to the Space Operations account. On agreeing to the Kaptur amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  48. An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), to reduce and then increase the funding for research and related activities, National Science Foundation, by $15,350,000. At the conclusion of debate on the Smith (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Lipinski demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Smith (TX) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote:208-201 (Roll no. 252). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  49. An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA), to reduce funding for the National Science Foundation (non-research) account and apply the savings to the spending reduction account. On agreeing to the Broun (GA) amendment; Failed by voice vote.
  50. An amendment, offered by Mr. Scott, Austin, to reduce funding for payments to the Legal Services Corporation by $350,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account. At the conclusion of debate on the Austin Scott (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Austin Scott (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Scott, Austin amendment; Failed by recorded vote:116-290 (Roll no. 253). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  51. An amendment, offered by Mr. Costa, to increase funding to pay the salaries and expenses of personnel of the Department of Justice by $230,000,000. By unanimous consent, the Costa amendment was withdrawn.
  52. An amendment, offered by Mr. Moran, numbered 13 printed in the Congressional Record to strike sections 528 and 529 which prohibit the use of funds to be used to transfer or release any detainee who is or was held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or construct any facility in the U.S. to house any detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. At the conclusion of debate on the Moran amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Moran demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Moran amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 169 – 230(Roll no. 254). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  53. An amendment, offered by Ms. Esty, to strike section 539 of the bill. Section 539 prohibits the use of funds to be used to require a person licensed under section 923 of title 18, United States Code, to report information to the Department of Justice regarding the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person. By unanimous consent, the Esty amendment was withdrawn.
  54. An amendment, offered by Mr. Hastings (WA), to prohibit the use of funds for grant guidelines or requirements to establish minimum riparian buffers. On agreeing to the Hastings (WA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  55. An amendment, offered by Mr. Doyle, to require the Secretary of Commerce, the United States Trade Representative, and United States International Trade Commission to jointly submit a report to Congress detailing their respective authorities to impose sanctions against corporations or other legal entities that benefit from utilizing trade secrets or other information. By unanimous consent, the Doyle amendment was withdrawn.
  56. An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, to reduce the funds made available by this act by 1%, with the exception of funds made available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. At the conclusion of debate on the Blackburn amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Blackburn demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.On agreeing to the Blackburn amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 148 – 253 (Roll no. 255). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  57. An amendment, offered by Mr. Engel, to prohibit the use of funds to lease or purchase new light duty vehicle for any executive fleet, or for an agency’s fleet inventory, except in accordance with Presidential Memorandum – Federal Fleet Performance, dated May 24, 2011 On agreeing to the Engel amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  58. An amendment, offered by Mrs. Blackburn, numbered 15 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for operation, renovation, or construction at Thomson Correctional Facility in Illinois. At the conclusion of debate on the Blackburn amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Bustos demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Blackburn amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 198 – 208 (Roll no. 256). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  59. An amendment, offered by Ms. Bonamici, to prohibit the use of funds to prevent a State from implementing its own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of industrial hemp, as defined in section 7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-79. At the conclusion of debate on the Bonamici amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Bonamici demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Bonamici amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 237 – 170 (Roll no. 257). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  60. An amendment, offered by Mr. Walberg, to prohibit the use of funds for the Investigative and Public Affairs Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation except for the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives, the Most Wanted Terrorists, and missing children programs. At the conclusion of debate on the Walberg amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Walberg demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.  No vote was taken; the Walberg amendment stands approved.
  61. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, numbered 21 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to enter into a contract with any offeror that has been convicted of misconduct such as theft, forgery, bribery, or violating Federal criminal tax laws. On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  62. An amendment, offered by Mr. Rohrabacher, numbered 25 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to prevent certain States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana. At the conclusion of debate on the Rohrabacher amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Rohrabacher demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Rohrabacher amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 219 – 189 (Roll no. 258). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  63. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, numbered 20 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to solicit, offer, or award a contract in which the federal government is required to provide a minimum number of inmates to a private correctional institution or a private detention center. By unanimous consent, the Grayson amendment was withdrawn.
  64. An amendment, offered by Mr. Holding, to prohibit the use of funds to transfer or temporarily assign employees to the Office of the Pardon Attorney for the purpose of screening clemency applications. At the conclusion of debate on the Holding amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Holding amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 219 – 189 (Roll no. 259). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  65. An amendment, offered by Mr. Flores, to prohibit the use of funds to implement Executive Order 13547 (75 Fed. Reg. 43023, relating to the stewardship of oceans, coasts, and the Great Lakes), including the National Ocean Policy developed under such Executive Order. On agreeing to the Flores amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  66. An amendment, offered by Mr. Poe (TX), to prohibit the use of funds to enforce section 221 of title 13, United States Code, with respect to the American Community Survey. On agreeing to the Poe (TX) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  67. An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 10 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the “Department of Justice – Administrative Review and Appeals” to use in contravention of sections 509 and 510 of title 28, United States Code. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  68. An amendment, offered by Mr. Massie, to prohibit the use of funds in contravention of section 7606 (“Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research”) of the Agricultural Act of 2014 (Public Law No. 113-79) by the Department of Justice or the Drug Enforcement Administration. At the conclusion of debate on the Massie amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Massie amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 246 – 162 (Roll no. 260). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  69. An amendment, offered by Mr. Huffman, to prohibit the use of funds to assess or collect the fee established by section 660.115 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations. On agreeing to the Huffman amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  70. An amendment, offered by Mr. Southerland, numbered 24 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to develop, approve, or implement a new limited access privilege program that are not already developed, approved, or implemented for any fishery under the jurisdiction of the South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, New England, or Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. At the conclusion of debate on the Southerland amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Goodlatte demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Southerland amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 185 – 223 (Roll no. 261). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  71. An amendment, offered by Mr. Ellison, to prohibit use of funds in contravention of the 5th and 14th amendments to the Constitution; title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 809(c)(1) of the Omnibus Crime Control And Safe Streets Act of 1968 (relating to the prohibition of discrimination); Section 210401(a) of the Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. On agreeing to the Ellison amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  72. An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, to prohibit use of funds for the United States Global Change Research Program. On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  73. An amendment, offered by Mr. Ellison, to prohibit use of funds to enter into a contract with any person whose disclosures of a proceeding with a disposition outlined in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System include the term “Fair Labor Standards Act”. At the conclusion of debate on the Ellison amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Ellison demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Ellison amendment; Failed by recorded vote: 196 – 211(Roll no. 262). Rep. Reed voted NO.
  74. An amendment, offered by Mr. Broun (GA), to prohibit use of funds to be used for a loan guarantee for Innovative Technologies in Manufacturing under the heading “Economic Development Administration, Economic Development Assistance Programs.” Agreed to by voice vote.
  75. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, to prohibit use of funds to negotiate an agreement that includes a waiver of the “Buy American Act. On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  76. An amendment, offered by Mr. Salmon, to prohibit the use of funds for examination of climate effects on tea quality and socioeconomic responses under award number 1313775-CNH. On agreeing to the Salmon amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  77. An amendment, offered by Mr. Grayson, to prohibit the use of funds to compel a journalist or a reporter to testify about information or sources that the journalist or reporter states in a motion to quash the subpoena that he has obtained as a journalist or reporter and that he regards as confidential. At the conclusion of debate on the Grayson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grayson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Grayson amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 225 – 183 (Roll no. 263). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  78. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit use of funds for sundry studies. Mr. Wolf raised a point of order against the Gosar amendment. Mr. Wolf stated that the provisions of the amendment violate clause 2 of rule 21 and constitute legislation in an appropriations bill. The Chair sustained the point of order.
  79. An amendment, offered by Mr. Gosar, to prohibit use of funds to obtain the contents of wire or electronic communications in a remote computing service as described in section 2703(b)(1)(B) of title 18, U.S.C. By unanimous consent, the Gosar amendment was withdrawn.
  80. An amendment, offered by Mr. Perry, to prohibit use of funds to design, implement, administer, or carry out the U.S. Global Climate Research Program National Climate Assessment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report, the U.N.’s Agenda 21 sustainable development plan, or the May 2013 Technical Update of the Social Cost of Carbon for Regulatory Impact Analysis. On agreeing to the Perry amendment; Agreed to by voice vote
  81. An amendment, offered by Mr. Duffy, to prohibit the use of funds to relinquish the responsibility of the NTIA with respect to Internet domain name system functions, including responsibility with respect to the authoritative root zone file and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority functions. At the conclusion of debate on the Duffy amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Duffy amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 229 – 178 (Roll no. 264). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  82. An amendment, offered by Mr. Garrett, to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Justice to enforce the Fair Housing Act in a manner that relies upon an allegation of liability under C.F.R. 100.500. At the conclusion of debate on the Garrett amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Garrett amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 216 – 190 (Roll no. 265). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  83. An amendment, offered by Mr. Luetkemeyer, to prohibit use of funds to carry out Operation Choke Point. On agreeing to the Luetkemeyer amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.
  84. An amendment, offered by Mr. King (IA), to prohibit use of funds in contravention of section 642(a) of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1373(a)) At the conclusion of debate on the King (IA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the King (IA) amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 214 – 194 (Roll no. 266). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  85. An amendment, offered by Mr. Meadows, to prohibit the use of funds to negotiate or enter into a trade agreement that establishes a limit on greenhouse gas emissions. The limitation described in the section shall not apply in the case of the administration of a tax or tariff. At the conclusion of debate on the Meadows amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Fattah demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced. On agreeing to the Meadows amendment; Agreed to by recorded vote: 226 – 179 (Roll no. 267). Rep. Reed voted AYE.
  86. An amendment, offered by Mr. Hudson, to prohibit the use of funds to be used for any program not authorized by law as of the date of the enactment of the Act. By unanimous consent, the Hudson amendment was withdrawn.
  87. An amendment, offered by Mr. Collins (GA), to prohibit the use of funds to provide assistance to a State, or political subdivision of a State, that has in effect any law, policy, or procedure in contravention of immigration laws. On agreeing to the Collins (GA) amendment; Agreed to by voice vote.

On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 321 – 87 (Roll no. 269). Rep. Reed voted AYE.

It isn’t enough that these Amendments should be worthwhile–the sponsor has to find something to cut to offset the cost. The idea that the total cost of the bill is fixed and a worthwhile provision can only be added if something else is cut is ridiculous–the result is that administration and other unpopular but necessary budgets are cut as well as those amounts budgeted for things that a Representative may dislike–The Census Bureau, for example.

Some of the amendments are extremely political. Here are a few examples:

    •  prohibit the use of funds to be used to transfer or release any detainee who is or was held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba or construct any facility in the U.S. to house any detainee held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    • prohibit the use of funds to be used to require a person licensed under section 923 of title 18, United States Code, to report information to the Department of Justice regarding the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person.
    • prohibit the use of funds to prevent certain States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.

Some of the amendments are silly. Here are a few examples:

    • prohibit the use of funds for examination of climate effects on tea quality and socioeconomic responses
    • prohibit the use of funds to transfer or temporarily assign employees to the Office of the Pardon Attorney for the purpose of screening clemency applications.

Much of the above seems out of place in an approriations bill, but Congress does love “red tape.”

© William Hungerford – May 2014

https://newny23rd.com/2013/05/25/do-republicans-value-ignorance/

 

 

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7 Responses to Congress makes a law

  1. Deb Meeker says:

    Is this what making law is compared to “making sausage”?
    It would be interesting to know Tom Reed’s voice vote on “Operation Choke Point”, which appears to be a backdoor means for government, through banks, to give secret denial of funding. Started out sounding good ( as so may bills do), but could in fact become quite a political tool for government to pick and choose which enterprise could be funded.

  2. whungerford says:

    Rep. Reed usually voted with the majority, but here is one time he didn’t:
    An amendment, offered by Mr. Smith (TX), to reduce and then increase the funding for research and related activities, National Science Foundation, by $15,350,000. Agreed to by recorded vote:208-201 (Roll no. 252). Rep. Reed voted NO.
    What is the purpose of this? Does it allow Representatives to be both for an increase and against it? Most Republicans voted yes; Tom joined Democrats in voting NO. One wonders why.

  3. whungerford says:

    Why should banks facilitate theft by on-line scammers, for example? The government’s actions are a lightning-rod for right-wing indignation, but efforts to close the door to illegal activities seem reasonable. Rather than choke off funds for a specific program, Congress would do better to regulate the practice through law.

  4. whungerford says:

    Rep. Capuano (D-MA) explains his NO vote:
    This week the House continued consideration of Fiscal Year 2015 appropriations bills with H.R. 4660, FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations. The bill provides $398 million less than last year. Although I am encouraged by some of the bill’s provisions, such as increases in National Science Foundation (NSF) funding, I could not support it because of some of the other cuts. For example, juvenile justice grants were cut by 12%. H.R. 4660 also provides no funding for the fishery habitat restoration program, which is an important initiative for Massachusetts. The legislation greatly reduces the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) funding for climate research and would go as far as prohibiting funds for the National Climate Assessment and numerous other scientific studies on these issues. More funding should be dedicated to understanding climate change, not less. In addition, an amendment was added on the floor that prohibits any trade agreements establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. I am also concerned about some of the gun provisions in this bill. For example, H.R. 4660 specifically prohibits the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to enforce requirements that federal firearm licensees (FFLs) conduct periodic inventories of their stock to determine if anything is unaccounted for. This requirement means that law enforcement will have faster access to information about missing firearms. I voted NO.

  5. Barbara Griffin says:

    So this is what we pay our Congressmen for…finding ways to steal from Peter to pay Paul? That was exhausting.

  6. whungerford says:

    The cost of Congress is said to be $800 million annually. If they work 200 days, that’s about $4 million daily. The House considered these amendments for two days: $8 million. But the amount appropriated is $51 billion, so careful consideration is desirable.

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