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March 18, 2007

House Votes: H.R. 985 - Whistleblower Protections

H.Res. 239: Providing for the consideration of H.R. 985

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 224-197, 12 not voting. 99% of Democrats supporting, 100% of Republicans opposing.

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 223-193, 17 not voting. 100% of Democrats supporting, 100% of Republicans opposing.


H.R. 985: Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Amendment to Amendment 1
H.AMDT.41 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Stupak. (consideration: CR H2530-2532, H2537-2538, H2539-2540; text: CR H2530)

An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 110-48 to clarifies that instances of political interference with science are to be considered `abuses of authority' and their disclosure therefore protected. The Stupak amendment adds an example of such interference, namely preventing a federal scientist or grantee from publishing or presenting their research.

On Agreeing to the Amendment (in the Committee of the Whole)
Passed 250-178, 10 not voting. 100% of Democrats supporting, 90% of Republicans opposing.

On Agreeing to the Amendment (Revote in the full House)
Passed 252-173, 8 not voting. 100% of Democrats supporting, 89% of Republicans opposing.


Amendment to Amendment 4
H.AMDT.44 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Sali. (consideration: CR H2534-2536, H2538-2539; text: CR H2534)
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 110-48 to change the section on national security whistleblowers to limit which members of Congress can receive information about especially sensitive subjects, such as sources and methods (to members of the intelligence committees or other relevant committees) and special access programs (to defense committees), and for other programs (to committees with oversight over the program in question).
On Agreeing to the Amendment
Failed 159-271, 8 not voting. 80% of Republicans supporting, 100% of Democrats opposing.


On Motion to Recommit with Instructions (This motion sends a bill back to committee with instructions on how to proceed.)
(consideration: CR H2540-2541; text: CR H2540)
Passed 426-0, 7 not voting. Bipartisan support.

On Passage
Passed 331-94, 8 not voting. Bipartisan support.

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