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U.S. House of Representatives

June 7, 2018

Proceedings of

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Met at 10:00 AM

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Morning Hour

 

  1. Gutierrez (D), IL (Immigrant Children Seized)

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Chair admonished members to avoid engaging in personalities with the President.

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  1. Ros-Lehtinen (R), FL (Nicaragua)
  2. Kennedy (D), MA (Sue Smith)
  3. Thompson, Glenn (R), PA (Google Presentation)
  4. Costa (D), CA (Trade Policy)
  5. Abraham (R), LA (Glen Post)
  6. Gallego (D), AZ (STE Corp.)

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Chair admonished members to avoid engaging in personalities with the President.

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  1. Fitzpatrick (R), PA (Mary Pellegrino and Sgt. Thelma Williams)
  2. Crowley (D), NY (Immigrant Children Seized)
  3. Kelly, Mike (R), PA (Trump 500 Days)
  4. Green, Al (D), TX (Peaceful Protest)
  5. Norman (R), SC (SC Free Clinic Association)
  6. Cleaver (D), MO (Attack on McCain)
  7. Ratcliffe (R), TX (Scott Ragsdale)

 

Chair declared the House in recess at 11:02 AM until 12:00 PM. 

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Chair reconvened the House at 12:00 PM

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Pingree (D), ME led the House in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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On approval of the Journal:

Wilson, Joe (R), SC asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 12:01 PM

 

One Minutes

 

  1. Deutch (D), FL (Guest Chaplain)
  2. Davis, Rodney (R), IL (Iris Londeen)
  3. Higgins (D), NY (Trump Tariffs)
  4. Donovan (R), NY (Hurricane Season)
  5. Green, Gene (D), TX (Medicare Trust Fund)
  6. Wilson, Joe (R), SC (GOP Tax Cuts and Unemployment)
  7. Sewell (D), AL (Water Infrastructure)
  8. Biggs (R), AZ (National Debt)
  9. Pingree (D), ME (Ports and Coastline)
  10. Gianforte (R), MT (Wildfires)
  11. Welch (D), VT (Immigrant Children Seized)
  12. Walorski (R), IN (Jayco RV)
  13. Panetta (D), CA (California Spelling Bee Champ)
  14. Ross (R), FL (Southeastern University)
  15. Kildee (D), MI (Dennis Williams)
  16. Yoho (R), FL (Intel Science and Engineering Fair winners)
  17. DeSaulnier (D), CA (Raphael Allen)
  18. Thompson, Glenn (R), PA (VA and Telemedicine)
  19. Veasey (D), TX (Pauline Valenciano)
  20. Cheney (R), WI (Maggie Scarlett)
  21. Suozzi (D), NY (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy)
  22. Plaskett (D), VI (

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Message from the Senate received (passed S. 1692 - National Emergency Medical Services Commemorative Work Act and S. 2857 - National Nordic Museum Act, passed with an amendment H.R. 88 - Shiloh National Military Park Boundary Adjustment and Parker's Crossroads Battlefield Designation Act, and passed H.R. 1397 - To authorize, direct, facilitate, and expedite the transfer of administrative jurisdiction of certain Federal land, and for other purposes, H.R. 1719 -  John Muir National Historic Site Expansion Act

and H.R. 1900 -  National Veterans Memorial and Museum Act).

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H. Res. 923 - The combined rule providing for further consideration of the bill H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for FY 2019

 

Debate– 1 Hour         12:40 PM

 

  1. Burgess (R), TX
  2. Torres (D), CA 
  3. Gibbs (R), OH                                                    [kjm]
  4. McGovern (D), MA

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The Chair reminded members to refrain from referring to guests in the gallery.

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  1. Knight (R), CA
  2. Lamb (D), PA
  3. Pingree (D), ME
  4. Jackson Lee (D), TX

 

On ordering the previous question:

Torres (D), CA asked recorded vote - 1:34 PM

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YEAS 227      NAYS 185

 

ORDERED                 1:59 PM

 

On adoption:

Torres (D), CA asked recorded vote - 1:59 PM

[241]

YEAS 225      NAYS 187

 

ADOPTED                 2:06 PM

 

On approval of the Journal:

Wilson, Joe (R), SC asked recorded vote - 2:06 PM

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YEAS 213      NAYS 197      PRESENT  1

 

ADOPTED                 2:13 PM

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S. 1869 – Whistleblower Protection Coordination Act

 

PASSED - VOICE                 2:14 PM

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H.R. 2772 – SEA Act of 2018

 

PASSED - VOICE                 2:14 PM

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H.R. 3 - Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act 

 

Debate– 1 Hour        2:17 PM

 

  1. Frelinghuysen (R), NJ
  2. DeLauro (D), CT
  3. Scalise (R), LA
  4. Lowey (D), NY
  5. Granger (R), TX
  6. Bishop, Sanford (D), GA
  7. Cole (R), OK
  8. Ryan, Tim (D), OH
  9. Graves (R), GA
  10. Hoyer (D), MD
  11. Womack (R), AK
  12. Wasserman Schultz (D), FL
  13. Walden (D), OR
  14. Pocan (D), WI
  15. McCarthy (R), CA                                                [kjm]
  16. Scott (D), VA
  17. Aderholt (R), AL
  18. Neal (D), MA
  19. Estes (R), KS
  20. Crowley (D), NY

On passage:

DeLauro (D), CT asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 3:19 PM

 

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H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for FY 2019

 

Debate– 1 hour          3:23 PM

 

  1. Frelinghuysen (R), NJ
  2. Lowey (D), NY
  3. Simpson (R), ID
  4. Kaptur (D), OH
  5. Carter (R), TX
  6. Ryan (D), OH
  7. Calvert (R), CA
  8. Wasserman Schultz (D), FL                                      [jjs]
  9. Fleischman (R), TN
  10. Hoyer (D), MD
  11. Rutherford (R), FL
  12. Newhouse (R), WA
  13. Aderholt (R), AL
  14. Valadao (R), CA
  15. Curtis (R), UT

 

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Harper (R), MS p.o.o. against Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission – legislation on appropriations

 

SUSTAINED             4:28 PM

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Amendments              4:29 PM

 

Collins (R), NY amendment (#1)

 

Increases funding for Army Corps Investigations account by $1.2 million, for a total of $129.2 million, offset by a reduction of $1.2 million in the Army Corps Expenses account.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              4:33 PM

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Abraham (R), LA amendment (#2):

 

Increases Corps of Engineers Construction by $17,410,000 and reduces DOE Departmental Administration by the same amount.
 

WITHDRAWN                      4:37 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#3):

 

Ensures funds for additionally considering the historic and national significance of dredging projects in allocating Army Corps additional funding. 
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              4:41 PM

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Beyer (D), VA amendment (#4):

 

Strikes Section 107, which prohibits funds from being used to require a permit for the discharge of dredged or fill material under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. 
 

REJECTED - VOICE             4:52 PM

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Ruiz (D), CA amendment (#5):

 

Redirects $2 million within the Water and Related Resources Account toward projects with a public health benefit.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              4:58 PM

Under Susp. of Rules

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Lujan Grisham (D), NM amendment (#6):

 

Prioritizes funding for Bureau of Reclamation research and development projects.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:03 PM

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DeSaulnier (D), CA amendment (#7):

 

Increase the Anadromous Fish Screen Program by $5 million for the purposes of making repairs to existing equipment.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:05 PM

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Cohen (D), TN amendment (#9):

 

Increases funding for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $2 million for the SuperTruck II program. 
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:07 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#10):

 

Allocates funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to support marine and hydrokinetic energy research and technologies.
 

WITHDRAWN          5:12 PM

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Bonamici (D-OR), Pingree (D-ME), Perry (R-PA) amendment (#11):

 

Increases funding for the EERE Water Power Technologies Office by $10 million.
 

WITHDRAWN          5:15 PM

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Esty (D), CT amendment (#12):

 

Restores $15 million in funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE). 
 

WITHDRAWN          5:20 PM

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Tsongas (D), MA amendment (#13):

 

Increases funding to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the purposes of offshore wind job training grants. 
 

Tsongas (D), MA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 5:29 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#14):

 

Increases funding to the Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response program by $1,000,000 to further facilitate the Department of Energy’s effort to secure the nation’s energy infrastructure against all hazards, reduce the risks of and impacts from cyber events, and assist with restoration activities. 
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:32 PM

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Soto (D), FL amendment (#15):

 

Increases funding to the Electricity Delivery program by $1,000,000 to further facilitate the programs aim to develop a modern power grid by advancing resilient power distribution systems, intelligent and high-efficiency grid components, and energy storage systems. 
 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:35 PM

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Esty (D-CT), Larson, John (D-CT) amendment (#17):

 

Increases and decrease funding to Solid Oxide Fuel Cells by $20 million.

 

ADOPTED - VOICE              5:42 PM

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Beyer (D-VA), Esty (D-CT), Eshoo (D-CA) amendment (#18):

 

Increases ARPA-E to its FY18 enacted level and reduces Fossil Energy R&D by the same amount. 

 

Beyer (D), VA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 5:56 PM

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Keating (D), MA amendment (#20):

 

Allocates funding to support research and grants to further innovation in the safe and secure storage, treatment, transportation, and disposal of spent nuclear fuel from civilian nuclear reactors.


ADOPTED - VOICE  6:07 PM

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Langevin (D), RI amendment (#22):

 

Increases funding by $3 million to be used for divertor test tokamak research and development.

ADOPTED - VOICE  6:11 PM

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Kihuen (D-NV), Titus (D-NV), Rosen (D-NV) amendment (#23):

 

Strikes $190 million for the licensing of the nuclear waste depository at Yucca Mountain.


ADOPTED - VOICE  6:22 PM

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Message received from the Senate:  Passed S. 2377

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Gosar (R), AZ amendment (#24):

 

Eliminates funding for the ARPA-E program as recommended by the administration. 
 

Gosar (R), AZ asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 6:30 PM
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Jackson Lee (D), TX amendment (#25):

 

Increases Administration account by $1 million to address environmental concerns in both urban and rural settings.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  6:39 PM

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Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Garamendi (D-CA), Kildee (D-MI), Lieu (D-CA), Cicilline (D-RI) amendment (#26):

 

Strikes $65 million for the W76-2 warhead and transfers it to Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account
 

Lee (D), CA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 7:00 PM

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Connolly (D), VA amendment (#27):

 

Restores the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account to the FY2018 funding level by giving the Weapons Activities account a $404 million increase instead of the current $550 million increase.
 

Connolly (D), VA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 7:14 PM 

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O'Halleran (D), AZ amendment (#28):

 

Provides funding to expedite the work of the Department of Energy's Defense-Related Uranium Mines Program's work on Native American Reservations in the west.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  7:19 PM

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Gosar (R-AZ), Gohmert (R-TX) – Amendment No. 29 - Uses the Holman Rule to reduce the salary of Mark Gabriel, the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration, to $1.
 

Gosar (R), AZ asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 7:29 PM

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Keating (D-MA) – Amendment No. 30 - Provides resources for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure safe and effective decommissioning of nuclear power plants.

 

Keating (D), MA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 7:46 PM
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Beyer (D-VA), Pingree (D-ME), Lowenthal (D-CA), Carbajal (D-CA), Huffman (D-CA), Langevin (D-RI), Castor (D-FL), Cicilline (D-RI), Bonamici (D-OR) – Amendment No. 31 – 

 

Strikes Sec.505, which prohibits funds from being used for further implementation of the coastal and marine spatial planning and ecosystem-based management components of the National Ocean Policy
 

Lowenthal (D), CA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote – 7:50 PM

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Kihuen (D-NV), Titus (D-NV), Rosen (D-NV) – Amendment No. 32 - 

 

Strikes language that would prohibit closure of the Yucca Mountain project.
 

REJECTED                 7:56 PM

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Newhouse (R-WA), Gosar (R-AZ), Schrader (D-OR), Crawford (R-AR), Tipton (R-CO), Gohmert (R-TX), DeFazio (D-OR), Lamborn (R-CO), Kilmer (D-WA), Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Carbajal (D-CA), McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Heck, Denny (D-WA), McNerney (D-CA), Herrera-Beutler (R-WA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Black (R-TN), Bonamici (D-OR), Sinema (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 33 – 

 

Prohibits the use of funds to sell the transmission assets of three Power Marketing Administrations and the Tennessee Valley Authority.


ADOPTED - VOICE  8:04 PM

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Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 34 - Provides for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division A of the bill.
 

Blackburn (R), TN asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote -8:10 PM

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Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 35 - Allocates an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  8:20 PM

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Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 36 - Prohibits use of funds in contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act and addresses the need to increase programs that educate minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  8:25 PM

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DeSantis (R-FL) – Amendment No. 38 - Prohibits funds from being used to purchase heavy water from Iran.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  8:30 PM

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Norman (R-SC) – Amendment No. 39 - Reduces the total amount of appropriations made available by $1.5 billion to match the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.
 

Norman (R), SC asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 8:37 PM

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Amendments to H.R. 5895 Made in Order under H. Res. 923:


Division A – Energy & Water 

Nolan (D-MN) – Amendment No. 1 - Boosts the Army Corps' Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program by $1 million.

ADOPTED - VOICE  8:47 PM

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Unfinished Business

 

H.R. 3 - Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act 

 

On passage:

DeLauro (D), CT asked recorded vote - 3:19 PM

 

YEAS 210      NAYS 206

PASSED                     9:18 PM

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H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for FY 2019

 

Amendments (cont’d)– 9:21 PM

 

On Tsongas (D), MA amendment (#13) (increases funds for offshore wind job training grants)
 

On adoption:

Tsongas (D), MA asked recorded vote –

 

YEAS 201      NAYS 217

 

REJECTED                 9:24 PM

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Beyer (D-VA), Esty (D-CT), Eshoo (D-CA) amendment (#18): (Increases ARPA-E to its FY18 enacted level and reduces Fossil Energy R&D by the same amount.) 

 

On adoption:

Beyer (D), VA asked recorded vote -5:56 PM

 

YEAS 204      NAYS 214

 

REJECTED                 9:28 PM

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Gosar (R), AZ amendment (#24): (Eliminates funding for the ARPA-E program as recommended by the administration.) 

 

On adoption:

Gosar (R), AZ asked recorded vote – 6:30 PM

 

YEAS 123      NAYS 295

REJECTED                 9:31 PM

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Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Garamendi (D-CA), Kildee (D-MI), Lieu (D-CA), Cicilline (D-RI) amendment (#26) (Strikes $65 million for the W76-2 warhead and transfers it to Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account)

 

On adoption:

Lee (D), CA asked recorded vote – 7:00 PM

 

YEAS 177      NAYS 241

REJECTED                 9:35 PM

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Connolly (D), VA amendment (#27): (Restores the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account to the FY2018 funding level by giving the Weapons Activities account a $404 million increase instead of the current $550 million increase.)

 

On adoption:

Connolly (D), VA asked recorded vote - 7:14 PM 

 

YEAS 179      NAYS 239

REJECTED                 9:37 PM

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Gosar (R-AZ), Gohmert (R-TX) – Amendment No. 29 - Uses the Holman Rule to reduce the salary of Mark Gabriel, the Administrator of the Western Area Power Administration, to $1.

 

On adoption:

Gosar (R), AZ asked recorded vote – 7:29 PM

 

YEAS 139      NAYS 276      PRESENT 2

REJECTED                 9:40 PM

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On adoption:

Lowenthal (D), CA asked recorded vote – 7:50 PM

 

YEAS 195      NAYS 223

REJECTED                 9:43 PM

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Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 34 – (Provides for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division A of the bill.)

 

On adoption:

Blackburn (R), TN asked recorded vote - 8:10 PM

 

YEAS 155      NAYS 262

REJECTED                 9:46 PM

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Norman (R-SC) – Amendment No. 39 – (Reduces the total amount of appropriations made available by $1.5 billion to match the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.)
 

On adoption:

Norman (R), SC asked recorded vote - 8:37 PM

 

YEAS 128      NAYS 289

REJECTED                 9:51 PM

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S. 2246 — "To designate the health care center of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Tallahassee, Florida, as the Sergeant Ernest I. "Boots" Thomas VA Clinic, and for other purposes."

PASSED - VOICE                 9:53 PM

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H.R. 5895 - Energy and Water, Legislative Branch, and Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Act for FY 2019

 

Amendments

 

Eshoo (D-CA), Stivers (R-OH) – Amendment No. 3

 

Increases funding for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $1,000,000, with the increase intended to support the development and deployment of high-efficiency linear generator power plant technology which, for purposes of stationary electric power production, is equivalent to fuel cell power plant technology. Decreases funding for Departmental Administration by $1,000,000.
 

ADOPTED                 10:00 PM

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Perlmutter (D-CO) – Amendment No. 4

 

Increases funding for EERE's Facilities and Infrastructure account by $5 million offset by a $5 million reduction to DOE's Departmental Administration account.
 

REJECTED - VOICE             10:05 PM

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Hastings, Alcee (D-FL) – Amendment No. 5 

 

Increases funding for cybersecurity of the electric power grid, offset by funding for fossil energy research and development.
 

REJECTED - VOICE             10:10 PM

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Rogers (R-AL) – Amendment No. 7

 

Provides $24 million for construction of critical infrastructure in NNSA, with an offset from NNSA Federal Salaries and Expenses.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  10:13 PM

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Jackson Lee (D-TX) – Amendment No. 8

 

Allocates an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control. 
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  10:17 PM

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LaMalfa (R-CA) – Amendment No. 9

 

Prohibits the use of funds for enforcing the EPA's abandonment criteria for prior converted cropland.
 

ADOPTED - VOICE  10:27 PM

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Gohmert (R-TX), Gosar (R-AZ), Duncan (R-SC), McKinley (R-WV)– Amendment No. 10 - Prohibits the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.
 

Kaptur (D), OH asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote - 10:39 PM

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Kildee (D-MI), Murphy, Stephanie (D-FL), Gabbard (D-HI), Mast (R-FL) – Amendment No. 12 

 

Increases funding by $250,000 for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Wounded Warrior Program, which provides employment opportunities within the U.S. House for veterans with service-connected disabilities. Decreases funding for the Architect of the Capitol, Capital Construction and Operations account by an equivalent amount. 

 

ADOPTED                 10:42 PM

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Esty (D-CT) – Amendment No. 13 - Increases funding by $500,000 for the Office of Employee Assistance under the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to be pulled from the Architect of the Capitol, Capitol Grounds.

 

ADOPTED                 10:48 PM

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Gosar (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 14 - Eliminates funding in the bill for the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund. 
 

NOT OFFERED

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Meadows (R-NC) – Amendment No. 15 - Reestablishes a semiannual Government Accountability Office financial review of obligated expenditures from the Independent Counsel permanent indefinite appropriation, and requires the report’s findings to be submitted to the Committees on Appropriations of the House and Senate, the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary of the House, and the Committees on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Judiciary of the Senate. 

 

Ryan (D), OH asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote 10:53 PM

 

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Takano (D-CA), Delaney (D-MD), Esty (D-CT), Foster (D-IL), Langevin (D-RI), Lieu (D-CA), Lujan (D-NM) – Amendment No. 16 - Appropriates $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) to help Congress understand emerging technologies and their policy implications. Offset by funds from an administrative account within the Architect of the Capitol. 


Takano (D), CA asked recorded vote.

Chair postponed vote 11:01 PM

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Cohen (D-TN) – Amendment No. 17 - Prohibits the use of funds to purchase plastic drinking straws.

AGREED TO             11:03 PM

 

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Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 18 - Provides for a one percent across the board cut to the bill’s spending levels. Accounts for the Capitol Police; Architect of the Capitol-Capitol Police Buildings, Grounds and Security; and Office of the Sergeant At Arms shall not be reduced.

 

NOT OFFERED

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Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 19 - Increases funding in the BRAC account to ensure there is sufficient funding to prevent further contamination of PFAS at former-Wurtsmith AFB.

 

WITHDRAWN                      11:09 PM

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Torres (D-CA) – Amendment No. 20 - Directs the Secretary to use the DOD Base Closure Account to make funding available for the purposes of demolishing facilities closed by prior BRAC rounds.

 

AGREED TO             11:15 PM

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Kildee (D-MI) – Amendment No. 21 - Creates a funding carve-out for the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment account.

 

WITHDRAWN                      11:18 PM

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Ruiz (D-CA), Welch (D-VT) – Amendment No. 22 - Increases funding to VA Medical Services account from VA Medical Services account to conduct educational outreach to veterans to enroll in the burn pits registry, additional research using the registry, and other activities concerning the maintenance of registry. 

 

AGREED TO             11:25 PM

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Johnson (R-OH) – Amendment No. 23 - Calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to develop a standard of hospice care tailored to the unique needs of combat veterans, including Vietnam-era veterans.
 

AGREED TO             11:29 PM

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Ruiz (D-CA) and Carbajal (D-CA) – Amendment No. 24 - Directs the Secretary to change the phone system to have local Community Based Outpatient Center answer calls rather than having all calls routed to the major VA Medical Centers in an effort to reduce wait times for veterans on the phone and to provide more timely health services.

 

AGREED TO             11:34 PM

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McSally (R-AZ) – Amendment No. 25 - Mandates that no less than $225,000,000 may be appropriated for VA mental health and suicide prevention programs. 

                                                            

                                                AGREED TO             11:39 PM

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Welch (D-VT), Ruiz (D-CA) – Amendment No. 26 - Provides $5 million to better assist veterans exposed to burn pits by improving the existing registry and increasing clinical research on burn pit exposure. Decreases the Community Care account by the same amount.
 

                                                            AGREED TO             11:44 PM

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Barr (R-KY) – Amendment No. 27 - Transfer $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration’s (VHA) Medical Community Care Account to the Medical Services Account for the explicit use for the VA’s Adaptive Sports Grant (ASG) program, equine assisted therapy.
 

AGREED TO             11:47 PM

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Committee rises at 11:48 PM

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Motion to adjourn at 11:49 PM