Open Process Gets Results

by Andrew Stiles

The continuing resolution that passed the House just before dawn on Saturday was the final product of more than 60 hours worth of freewheeling, at times chaotic, debate on the House floor. Members of both parties offered more than 580 amendments individual amendments, which due to overlap and time constraints, were eventually pared down to around 100 amendments, of which 67 were voted through. The additional measures reduce spending by an additional $620 million, deny funding for numerous federal agencies and programs and do away with onerous regulations.

Here’s a list of some of these amendments (and the people who sponsored them):

  • To prohibit the use of federal funds to pay the salaries and expenses of the following “czars,” or special presidential advisers who are not required to go through the Senate confirmation process: Obama Care Czar, Climate Change Czar, Global Warming Czar, Green Jobs Czar, Car Czar, Guantanamo Bay Closure Czar, Pay Czar and Fairness Doctrine Czar. — Rep. Steve Scalise (R., La.)
  • To prevent federal funds from being made available to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., or any of its affiliates. — Rep. Mike Pence (R., Ind.)
  • To eliminate $450 million in funding for the Alternate Engine, produced by GE-Rolls Royce, for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. — Rep. Tom Rooney (R., Fla.)
  • To prohibit the use of funds for the Overseas Comparability Pay Adjustment, an increase in pay for overseas Foreign Service Officers approved by President Obama under the supplemental appropriations bill in 2009. — Rep. Tom Reed (R., N.Y.)
  • To ban U.S. foreign aid to Saudi Arabia. — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.)
  • To prohibit funds for UN construction within the United States. — Rep. Cliff Stearns (R., Fla.)
  • To prevent funds from being used to construct ethanol blender pumps or ethanol storage facilities. — Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.)
  • To block funds for implementing a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Service, part of the President’s fiscal year 2012 budget request. — Rep. Ralph Hall (R., Texas)
  • To prohibits the use of funds for the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. — Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R., Mo.)
  • To prohibits funds for a government sponsored “consumer products complaints database.” — Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.)
  • To restrict public funds from being used for the Presidential Election Campaign Fund or political party conventions. — Rep. Tom Cole (R., Okla.)
  • To block funding for the Federal Communications Commission to institute “Net Neutrality” rules.  — Rep. Greg Walden (R., Ore.)
  • To eliminate $1.5 million for the “Greening of the Capitol” initiative from the Legislative Branch section of the CR. — Rep. Ed Whitfield (R., Ky.)
  • To eliminate $42.6 million in funding from the United States Institute of Peace. — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.)
  • To eliminate $10.7 million in funding for the East-West Center, an independent, public nonprofit that has historically not received funding in the Subcommittee bill. — Rep. Quico Canseco (R., Texas)
  • To eliminate $20 million for tropical forest debt reduction, affecting the Department of the Treasury, Debt Restructuring portion of the CR. — Rep. Tom McClintock (R., Calif.)
  • To eliminate $34 million in funding for the National Drug Intelligence Center, a component of the Department of Justice that provides drug-related intelligence, training and support. — Rep. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.)
  • To eliminate $1.9 million in funding from the Bureau of Reclamation. — Rep. Tom McClintock (R., Calif.)
  • To eliminate $2 million in funding from the Bureau of Land Management for holding pens created for wild horses and burros. — Rep. Dan Burton (R., Ind.)
  • To eliminate $8.4 million from the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Registry, a program that collects data on industrial greenhouse gas emissions, returning its funding to 2008 levels. — Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.)
  • To reduce EPA State and Tribal Assistance Grants by $10 million to defund sewer improvements in Tijuana, Mexico. — Rep. Tom Reed (R., N.Y.)
  • To decrease funding for the Grants and Administration portion of the National Endowment for the Arts by $20.5 million. — Rep. Tim Walberg (R., Mich.)
  • To eliminate $4.5 million from the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program, which has the primary purpose of providing grants to not-for-profit institutions for performing arts and exhibitions in Washington, D.C. — Rep. Quico Canseco (R., Texas)

The House passed nine amendments that would deny funding for various aspects of Obamacare and prevent money being spent to implement the new law:

  • To prohibit federal funding from being used to pay any employee, officer or contractor to implement provisions of Obamacare, preventing the Department of Health and Human Services from implementing the law. — Rep. Dennis Rehberg (R., Mont.)
  • To strip funding for any provision of Obamacare. — Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa)
  • To prohibit payment of salaries for any officer or employee of any federal department or agency with respect to carrying out the health care law. — Rep. Steve King (R., Iowa)
  • To bars the use of funds in the bill from being used to implement the individual mandate and penalties and reporting requirements of the health care law. — Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R., Mo.)
  • To prevent the use of federal funds from being used to carry out the medical loss ratio restrictions under Obamacare. — Rep. Tom Price (R., Ga.)
  • To block funds for Health Insurance Exchanges, the state-regulated health care plans offered under the new law. — Rep. Cory Gardner (R., Colo.)
  • To prohibit the use of funds for employee and officer salaries at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at the Department of Health and Human Services, created by the President’s health care reform bill. — Rep. Michael Burgess (R., Texas)
  • To prohibit the funding of salaries for any officer or employee of the government to issue regulations on essential benefits under section 1302 of the law. — Rep. Joe Pitts (R., Pa.)
  • To block funds for the independent payment advisory board — Rep. Nan Hayworth. (R., N.Y.)

You can find the rest here.