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August 20, 2007

The Calm Before the Storm

Congress has adjourned and is about half way through its August recess.
110th Congress Pre-August Recap
Everyone from the Washington Post to the Weekly Standard is giving the Democratic majorities in Congress low marks. While they have not lived up to most of their promises in all cases, this isn't entirely a bad thing. Sometimes Congress doing nothing is preferred.

New Public Laws
Despite many legislative proposals hitting the skids, Congress did manage to enact at least one top priority for the Democractic Congress and one top priority for the Republican President.

When Congress returns, it has no option but to hit the ground running and carry that pace through adjournment which will likely come late this year.
Pending for White House Action - S. 1: Ethics Bill
One heavily contested and problematic piece of legislation is currently on hold as a maneuver to avoid a constitutional back door for shutting down the legislation.

Looking Ahead to September
Top priorities for prayer include Iraq, the spending bills, and several major reauthorization bills such as No Child Left Behind, the farm bill, and others.

It could hardly be more appropriate that Congress, Lord willing, will be returning in the middle of what is more and more looking to be an active hurricane season.

  • Pray that those members of Congress seeking righteousness and justice for our nation (Isaiah 28:17) would "will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither" (Psalm 1:3)
He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed (Psalm 107:29).

Full Legislative Update

Looking Ahead to September

Iraq

Gen. Petraeus To Testify Sept. 11-12 on Iraq Status
The White House announced Monday that Gen. David H. Petraeus, top military commander in Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker will testify before Congress in open hearings ahead of the formal Sept. 15 deadline for a new progress report on the war.

Appropriations

Appropriations Showdown Looms in September
For the second year in a row, Congress will be facing a full plate of appropriations bills after Labor Day, just as the current fiscal year heads rapidly to its Sept. 30 close.

Bush Renews Veto Threats, Urges Action on Defense Spending
Although Congress has left Washington until Sept. 4, President Bush on Wednesday continued to challenge Democrats over their fiscal 2008 appropriations bills.

Education

Read It and Weep
Why does Congress hate the one part of No Child Left Behind that works?

National Security

Congress to Revisit Chemical Security in the Fall
House Democrats are looking to reopen the chemical security debate this fall, adding facilities that were exempted from regulations that became law last year.

Domestic Needs

Transportation Chairman Unveils National Bridge Funding Proposal
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will take up legislation in September to create a dedicated funding source for the repair and replacement of structurally impaired bridges nationwide.

Bridge Collapse Spurs New Focus on Infrastructure Needs
President Bush has signed into law a bill authorizing funding to repair a collapsed bridge in Minneapolis, with Congress poised to consider broader plans to address the nation's transportation infrastructure.

Pending White House Action - S. 1: Ethics Bill

S. 1: Commission to Strengthen Confidence in Congress Act of 2007
A bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process.

Votes

House
Passed 411-8

House Votes 411-8 to Pass Ethics Overhaul
The House gave final and overwhelming approval yesterday to a landmark bill that would tighten ethics and lobbying rules for Congress, forcing lawmakers to more fully detail how their campaigns are funded and how they direct government spending.

House Passes Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul
By an overwhelming 411-8 vote, the House passed a lobbying and ethics bill Tuesday that would increase disclosure requirements for earmarks and lobbying activities. The bill now goes back to the Senate for final action.

New Rule on 'Airdropped’ Provisions Could Give Senate the Upper Hand
As they rushed to finish the lobbying bill, House Democrats signed off on a provision that could give the Senate the upper hand in future conference tussles.

Senate
On the Cloture Motion
Passed 80-17

Senate Clears Major Lobbying and Ethics Overhaul
Despite some GOP grumbling, the Senate on Thursday cleared for President Bush’s signature a major lobbying and ethics overhaul that Democrats made a centerpiece of their agenda after capturing control of Congress in November.

Congressional Democrats Hail Ethics Bill Approval
Congressional Democrats pledged today to "take America in a new direction" following Senate passage of a landmark bill that would tighten ethics and lobbying rules, forcing lawmakers to more fully detail how their campaigns are funded and how they direct government spending.

Democrats Hold Lobbying Bill to Avert Possible Pocket Veto
Democrats have not yet sent an ethics and lobbying overhaul measure to the president because they fear he might use the August congressional recess to pocket veto it.

House Vote - H.R. 1495: Water Resources (Conference Report)

H.R. 1495: Water Resources Development Act of 2007

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 381-40


Objection Slows Progress of Water Projects Bill
The Senate could send a $21 billion water resources bill to the president’s desk in September, in spite of a veto threat and opposition from Wisconsin Democrat Russ Feingold, who held up a final vote on the bill just before adjournment last week.

110th Congress Pre-August Recap

Washington Post: The Congress So Far
An ugly finish to a rocky start
Forget about November's bipartisan promises of civility and cooperation in Congress. At the time they seemed overly optimistic. Nonetheless, it is hard to believe that relations could have deteriorated so far so fast -- both between the new Democratic majority and congressional Republicans and between Democratic lawmakers and President Bush.

Democrats Have Controlled Congress for Seven Months...
...and all I got was some lousy Post Office naming bills.
The four major pieces of legislation signed into law are:
  • The FY07 Appropriations Bill
  • Supplemental funding bill for the War on Terror
  • Implementing 9/11 Commission recommendations
  • Modernizing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

New Congress, same culture
Candidates often promise hopeful political climate, but promises amount to misty-eyed optimism in trenches.

Draining the 'Swamp' Is Not So Easy
After eight months of behind-the-scenes kicking and screaming, the House and Senate passed ethics rules that promise to change how lawmakers raise money, travel and party. That is, if Congress devises a way to enforce them.

Democrats' Victories Mixed With Hard Lessons on the Limits of Their Power
When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and the Democrats took control on Jan. 4, they pledged to point Congress in a "new direction" of open and honest government, helping the middle class and ending the war in Iraq. Seven months later, in a frantic, final 100-hour push before the August recess...

DeMint Hold Blocked Consideration of Mental Health Parity Compromise
Mental health parity legislation that was on deck to pass the Senate before the August recess has been stalled by a hold from Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

August 18, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3222: Defense Appropriations

H.Res. 596: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3222


H.R. 3222: Making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 769 (Sessions, R-TX): An amendment numbered 10 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the uses of funds to be used to perform any cost study pursuant to the provisions of OMB Circular A-76 if the study being performed exceeds a period of 24 months after initiation of such study with respect to a single function activity or 30 months after initiation of such study for a multi-function activity.
Failed 148-259

H.Amdt. 770 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to limit the use of funds for the Presidio Trust.
Failed 94-311

H.Amdt. 772 (Franks, R-AZ): An amendment to revise by reducing the amounts made available under the heading "RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, TEST AND EVALUATION- Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Defense-wide", and increasing the amounts made available under that heading by $97,200,000.
Failed 161-249

H.Amdt. 775 (Walberg, R-MI): An amendment numbered 6 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used to award a grant or contract based on the race, ethnicity, or sex of the grant applicant or prospective contractor.
Failed 126-284

H.Amdt. 776 (Campbell, R-CA): An amendment numbered 18 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds under the heading "Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation, Army" may be used for the Paint Shield for Protecting People From Microbial Threats.
Failed 91-317

H.Amdt. 780 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to prohibit funds to be used for the Doyle Center for Manufacturing Technology.
Failed 98-312

H.Amdt. 781 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to prohibit funds to be used for the Lewis Center for Education Research.
Failed 57-353

H.Amdt. 782 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to prohibit funds to be used for the National Drug Intelligence Center, Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
Failed 109-301

On Passage
Passed 395-13


House Delays War Showdown, Passes Pentagon Bill
The House passed a Pentagon spending bill early Sunday but postponed debates about the Iraq War and the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until September.

House Quietly Moves to Reverse Disclosure of Intelligence Budget
Late Aug. 4, just one day after President Bush signed into law a requirement that the total intelligence budget be made public, the House passed a measure to block the disclosure.

House Votes - H.R. 3221, H.R. 2776 - Energy Bills

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 136-246


H.Res. 615: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3221, H.R. 2776

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 220-186

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 215-191


H.R. 3221: New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 748 (Udall, D-NM): An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 110-300 to require electric suppliers, other than governmental entities and rural electric cooperatives, to provide 15 percent of their electricity using renewable energy resources by the year 2020. Allows 4 percent of the requirement to be satisfied with electricity efficiency measures.
Agreed to 220-190

H.Amdt. 751 (Arcuri, D-NY): An amendment numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 110-300 to repeal the availability of Federal eminent domain authority for use by companies permitted by FERC to construct or modify transmission lines within National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. In place of this, the amendment would amend section 216(e) of the Federal Power Act to require permitted companies to proceed in accordance with state law.
Failed 169-245

H.Amdt. 755 (Sali, R-ID): An amendment numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 110-300 to provide a sense of the Congress to recognize and support large and small scale conventional hydropower.
Agreed to 402-9

H.Amdt. 764 (Cleaver, D-MO): An amendment numbered 22 printed in Part B of House Report 110-300 to prohibit any Federal agency, including any office of the legislative branch, from acquiring a light duty motor vehicle or medium duty motor vehicle that is not a low greenhouse gas emitting vehicle.
Agreed to 218-196

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H9875-9913; text: CR H9875-9913)
Failed 169-244

On Passage
Passed 241-172


H.R. 2776: Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007

Debate, Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H9944-9451; text: CR H9944-9949)
Failed 65-346

On Passage
Passed 221-189


Conservative concerns with the Energy Bills

House Votes - H.R. 3161: Agriculture, FDA Appropriations (and contested MTR vote)

H.Res. 581: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3161

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 228-197

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


On Approving the Journal
Passed 214-210

Quorum Call in Committee
389 present, 48 not voting

On Motion that the Committee Rise
Failed 172-231

Sustain the ruling of the Chair
Passed 220-178

On Motion That The Committee Rise
Passed 235-153


On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 165-254

H.Res. 599: Providing for further consideration of H.R. 3161

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 225-197

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-194


H.R. 3161: Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 731 (Sessions, R-TX): An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to strike language from the bill prohibiting use of funds by the USDA Chief Financial Officer for "competitive sourcing" activities until the Secretary of Agriculture submits a report on the Department's contracting out policies and budget.
Failed 168-254

H.Amdt. 732 (Hensarling, R-TX): An amendment numbered 3 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to reduce funds provided in the bill for rural community facilities programs by $6,287,000.
Failed 90-337

H.Amdt. 733 (Hensarling, R-TX): An amendment numbered 4 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to reduce funds in the bill for grants to finance broadband transmission in rural areas by $8,910,000.
Failed 66-360

H.Amdt. 734 (Kingston, R-GA): An amendment numbered 5 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to strike section 726 from the bill relating to importation of prescription drugs.
Failed 146-283

H.Amdt. 735 (Kingston, R-GA): An amendment numbered 6 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit use of funds in the bill to apply labor standards under the Davis-Bacon Act to contracts for construction of renewable energy systems.
Failed 152-278

H.Amdt. 736 (Jordan, R-OH): An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to reduce discretionary funding in the bill by 5.5% across-the-board.
Failed 146-284

H.Amdt. 737 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment numbered 8 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit use of funds for the Catfish Pathogen Genomic Project in Auburn, Alabama.
Failed 74-357

H.Amdt. 738 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment numbered 9 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit use of funds for grape genetics research in Geneva, NY.
Failed 76-353

H.Amdt. 739 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment numbered 10 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit use of funds for the Alternative Uses of Tobacco (MD) grant.
Failed 94-337

H.Amdt. 740 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment numbered 11 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit use of funds for the Ruminant Nutrition Consortium (MT, ND, SD, and WY).
Failed 74-355

H.Amdt. 741 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 110-290 to prohibit the use of funds for the Wood Utilization (OR,MS,NC,MN,ME,MI,ID,TN,AK,WV) grant.
Failed 68-363

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR 8/3/2007 H9649; text: CR H9649)
Failed 212-216
The Motion to Recommit would have recommitted the bill, H.R. 3161, to the Committee on Appropriations with instructions to report the same back to the House promptly with an amendment that:
  1. Prohibits any funds in the Act (including grant funds) from being used to employ an alien who is not authorized to be employed in the United States; and
  2. Prohibits any funds in the Act for rental housing assistance programs to provide assistance to an alien not authorized to receive such assistance pursuant to 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act;

On Motion to Reconsider
Passed 238-12

On Passage
Passed 237-18

Video: Enough is Enough


Video: Republican Whip Blunt Addresses the House Floor



H.Res. 611: Raising a question of the privileges of the House related to the voting irregularities of August 2, 2007.

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


House Approves Probe of Contested Vote in Bid to Restore Civility
The House took a step toward easing its latest partisan confrontation by agreeing Friday to create a panel that will investigate a controversial floor vote and make recommendations for changes in voting rules.

House Forms Special Panel Over Alleged Stolen Vote
The House last night unanimously agreed to create a special select committee, with subpoena powers, to investigate Republican allegations that Democratic leaders had stolen a victory from the House GOP on a parliamentary vote late Thursday night.

House Votes - H.R. 3159: Military Deployment Policy

H.Res. 601: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3159

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 225-201

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-200


H.R. 3159: Ensuring Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act of 2007

Debate, Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H9576; text: CR H9576)
Failed 207-217

On Passage
Passed 229-194


House Passes Measure to Limit Military Deployments to Iraq
In its latest challenge to the president’s war policy, the House passed legislation Thursday to require minimum rest periods at home for U.S. military units between deployments to Iraq.

House Votes - H.R. 3162: Childrens Health And Medicare Protection Act

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 177-231

On Approving the Journal
Passed 214-189

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 154-236


H.Res. 594: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3162

This rule excluded the Pitts Amendment which would have:
  • Codified the unborn child regulation by allowing states the option to include coverage for unborn children.
  • Clarified that coverage for the unborn child shall also include coverage for the mother that is consistent with the health of both.
  • Clarified that mothers may receive post-partum services for 60 days after giving birth.
On Consideration of the Resolution
Passed 222-197

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 172-246

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 228-190

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 224-197


H.R. 3162: Childrens Health And Medicare Protection Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR 8/2/2007 H9499-9502; text: CR H9499-9500)
Failed 202-226

On Passage
Passed 225-204


Senate Votes on SCHIP


Problems with this legislation:
  1. Fails to Codify the Unborn Child Regulation
  2. Guts Abstinence Education
  3. Expands Contraceptive and Family Planning Services

Children's Health Bill Approved By House
The House yesterday approved legislation vastly expanding a federal health insurance program for the children of the working poor, shrugging off a fresh veto threat from President Bush and the fierce opposition of House Republicans.

SCHIP Bill Likely to Shrink, Former Official Predicts
Congress probably will have to settle for a shorter, less costly reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) than the five-year expansion Democrats are seeking, according to a former top official.

Bill Benefits Hospitals in Democrats' Districts
More than two dozen hospitals across the country, most of them in Democratic congressional districts, would see their revenue boosted under a health insurance bill the House passed Wednesday.

House Votes - H.R. 2831: Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

H.Res. 579: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2831

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 215-190

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 215-187


H.R. 2831: Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Passage
Passed 225-199


This legislation is in response to the Supreme Court opinion:
Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

House Votes - H.R. 986: Eightmile Wild and Scenic River Act

H.Res. 580: Providing for consideration of H.R. 986

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 216-188

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 222-184


H.R. 986: Eightmile Wild and Scenic River Act

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H9223-9225)
Failed 200-225

On Passage
Passed 253-172

August 17, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 2419: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed 174-248


H.Res. 574: Providing for consideration of H.R. 2419

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 222-202


H.R. 2419: Farm, Nutrition, and Bioenergy Act of 2007

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 700 (Kind, D-WI): An amendment numbered 1 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to reform the farmer safety net to work better for small farmers at lower cost, reallocate funding to nutrition, conservation, specialty crops and healthy foods, rural development, and programs that benefit socially disadvantaged farmers.
Failed 117-309

H.Amdt. 706 (Jackson-Lee, D-TX): An amendment numbered 7 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to express the sense of Congress that the food available to schoolchildren under the school breakfast and lunch program should be selected so as to reduce the incidence of juvenile obesity and to maximize nutritional value.
Agreed to 422-3

H.Amdt. 707 (Rangel, D-NY): An amendment numbered 12 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to remove certain banking restrictions related to Cuba's payment for agricultural purchases from U.S. producers. It also authorizes direct transfers between Cuban banks and U.S. banks and allows visas to be issued to conduct activities related to purchasing U.S. agricultural goods.
Failed 182-245

H.Amdt. 708 (Boehner, R-OH): An amendment numbered 13 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to replace the current daily posted county prices (PCPs) used for determing loan deficiency payment rates and repayment rates for marketing assistance loans with a monthly PCP for each crop. It would revise requirements for establishing a producer's loan deficiency payment (LDP) and loan repayment rate to be based on the month that beneficial interest is lost. The amendment aims to address farmers taking advantage of short-term market events to lock in artificially high loan deficiency payments, while actually selling the commodity later at prices well above loan rate.
Failed 153-271

H.Amdt. 713 (Davis, D-IL): An amendment numbered 19 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to strike the sugar sections in the commodity title as well as the feedstock flexibility program for bioenergy producers, extending current programs until 2012.
Failed 144-282
11/3/2007 Update:
Sugar Industry Expands Influence
When U.S. sugar farmers needed help this summer defending a $1 billion, 10-year subsidy plan in a new House farm bill, they found it in some surprising places. Among the 282 lawmakers siding with Midwest and Gulf Coast growers on a key vote was Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-N.Y.), who represents Queens and Manhattan's East Side. The only sugar refinery in the New York area is well outside her district.

H.Amdt. 715 (Udall, D-CO): An amendment numbered 21 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to reduce the direct payment rate for cotton by 2/3 of a cent in order to fund enrollment of 224,000 additional acres in the Grasslands Reserve Program.
Failed 175-251

H.Amdt. 716 (Putnam, R-FL): An amendment numbered 25 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to prohibit individuals from receiving farm conservation payments if their income exceeds $1 million, unless 75% of the income comes from farm income.
Failed 175-252

H.Amdt. 717 (Cooper, D-TN): An amendment numbered 27 printed in Part B of House Report 110-261 to comprehensively reform the federal crop insurance program, including the Administration's farm bill crop insurance proposals. The amendment saves approximately $4 billion while adding resources to the Grassland Reserve Program.
Failed 175-250

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H8787-8788)
Failed 198-223

On Passage
Passed 231-191




House Passes Farm Policy Overhaul
The House on Friday passed a five-year overhaul of agriculture policy that would impose modest new limits on farm subsidies, increase support for fruit and vegetable growers, bolster land conservation efforts and increase funding for nutrition programs.

House Passes Massive Farm Bill
The House yesterday passed a far-reaching new farm bill that preserves the existing system of subsidies for commercial farmers and adds billions of dollars for conservation, nutrition and new agricultural sectors.

House Votes - H.R. 3093: Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations

H.Res. 562: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3093

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 221-195

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 3093: Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

H.Amdt. 643 (Rogers, R-MI): An amendment numbered 4 printed in the Congressional Record to increase appropriations for the International Trade Administration (by transfer) by $6 million, and reduce appropriations for the Bureau of the Census.
Failed 200-228

H.Amdt. 644 (Sessions, R-TX): An amendment to reduce appropriations for the Economic Development Assistance Programs by $100,000,000, and increase appropriations for the Federal Bureau of Investigation by $6,000,000.
Failed 125-294

H.Amdt. 645 (Capito, R-WV): An amendment to reduce appropriations (by transfer) for the Periodic Censuses and Programs by $10 million, and increase appropriations for the Office of Justice Programs.
Agreed to 229-196

H.Amdt. 646 (Shimkus, R-IL): An amendment to increase appropriations (by transfer) for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration by $5 million, and reduce appropriations for General Administration.
Agreed to 340-87

H.Amdt. 647 (English, R-PA): An amendment numbered 22 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce appropriations for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by $2 million, and increase appropriations for the International Trade Commission by $1 million.
Failed 83-342

H.Amdt. 652 (Lofgren, D-CA): An amendment to reduce appropriations for Departmental Management of the Department of Commerce and General Administration of the Department of Justice, and increase appropriations for State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance programs, and the State Criminal Alien Asstistance Program (SCAAP).
Agreed to 388-39

H.Amdt. 656 (King, R-IA): An amendment to redirect appropriations for the FBI by $1 million.
Failed 19-389

H.Amdt. 659 (Capito, R-WV): An amendment to increase appropriations (by transfer) for the Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs, and reduce appropriations for the National Science Foundation operations and award management program by $10 million.
Agreed to 243-186

H.Amdt. 661 (Etheridge, D-NC): An amendment to increase appropriations for the Office of Justice Programs by $1,747,111.
Agreed to 421-2

H.Amdt. 663 (Sessions, R-TX): An amendment numbered 9 printed in the Congressional Record to strike section 213.
Failed 162-267

H.Amdt. 664 (Inslee, D-WA): An amendment to revise amounts appropriated for the "General Administration--Salaries and Expenses" account, and increasing the amount made available for the "Office on Violence Against Women--Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs".
Agreed to 412-18

H.Amdt. 668 (Poe, R-TX): An amendment to strike "$625 million" and insert, "$635 million" on page 75, line 24.
Agreed to 395-34

H.Amdt. 669 (Reichert, R-WA): An amendment to add a new section pertaining to reducing the amount available for Departmental Management-Salaries and Expenses and increasing the amount made available for Office on Violence Against Women-Violence Against Women Prevention and Prosecution Programs.
Agreed to 405-25

H.Amdt. 674 (Hinchey, D-NY): An amendment to prohibit the use of funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used, with respect to certain states, to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana.
Failed 165-262

H.Amdt. 678 (Stearns, R-FL): An amendment numbered 1 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds for the EEOC may be used for litigation expenses incurred in connection with cases commenced after the date of the enactment of this Act against employers on the grounds that such employers require employees to speak English.
Failed 202-212
This relates to the requirement by the Salvation Army that its employees must speak English on the job.

H.Amdt. 679 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to strike the $200,000 appropriation in the bill for the Lobster Institute at the University of Maine in Orono, Maine.
Failed 87-328

H.Amdt. 685 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to limit the use of funds to be used for the East Coast Shellfish Research Institute at the East Coast Shellfish Growers Association, Toms River, New Jersey.
Failed 77-337

H.Amdt. 682 (Pence, R-IN): An amendment numbered 25 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds in the bill to enforce the amendments made by subtitle A of title II of Public Law 107-155.
Agreed to 215-205
This amendment is to reinforce the Supreme Court's ruling in:
Federal Election Commission v. Wisconsin Right to Life, Inc.

RSC: Victory for Free Political Speech

H.Amdt. 692 (Upton, R-MI): An amendment to prohibit funds to be used to purchase light bulbs unless the light bulb have the "ENERGY STAR" or "Federal Energy Management Program" designation.
Agreed to 404-16

H.Amdt. 693 (Jordan, R-OH): An amendment to provide that each amount appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act that is not required to be appropriated or otherwise made available by a provision of law is reduced by 3.0 percent.
Failed 138-282

H.Amdt. 694 (Price, R-GA): An amendment to make the total appropriations made in this Act (other than appropriations required to be made by a provision of law) are hereby reduced by $750,000,000.
Failed 159-261

H.Amdt. 696 (Musgrave, R-CO): An amendment to reduce funds in the bill by 0.5 percent.
Failed 186-235

H.Amdt. 697 (Campbell, R-CA): An amendment numbered 37 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the total amount appropriated in this Act by 0.05 percent.
Failed 192-228

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H8673-8675)
Failed 209-215

On Passage
Passed 281-142

House - Passed by Voice Vote

The following passed the House by voice vote:
  • H.J.Res. 44: Joint resolution approving the renewal of import restrictions contained in the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, and for other purposes.
  • H.R. 1239: National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Reauthorization Act of 2007
  • H.R. 2630: Campaign Expenditure Transparency Act (CQ Today Report)
  • H.R. 2798: Overseas Private Investment Corporation Reauthorization Act of 2007 (CQ Today Report)
  • H.R. 1315: Veterans' Benefits Improvement Act of 2007
  • H.R. 23: Belated Thank You to the Merchant Mariners of World War II Act of 2007
  • H.R. 2707: To reauthorize the Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.
  • H.R. 2874: Veterans' Health Care Improvement Act of 2007
  • H.R. 3067: Small Public Housing Authority Act

Senate - Passed by Unanimous Consent

The following bills passed the Senate by Unanimous Consent:
  • S. 1856: A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to make technical corrections to the new border tunnels and passages offense
  • S. 1868: Second Higher Education Extension Act of 2007
  • S. 1877: A bill to amend title 4, United States Code, to prescibe that members of the Armed Forces and veterans out of uniform may render the miltary salute during hoisting, lowering, or passing of flag.
  • S. 845: Safety of Seniors Act of 2007
  • S. 1983: A bill to amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act to renew and amend the provisions for the enhanced review of covered pesticide products, to authorize fees for certain pesticide products, and to expend and improve the collection of maintenance fees, and for other purposes.
  • S. 775: National Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2007
  • S. 163: Small Business Disaster Response and Loan Improvements Act of 2007
  • S. 496: Appalachian Regional Development Act Amendments of 2007
  • S. 849: OPEN Government Act of 2007

H.R. 1538: Wounded Warrior Assistance Act of 2007

Senate Passes Military Health Care Overhaul, Pay Raise
The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul military health care and increase troop pay, rescuing those popular provisions from the stalled fiscal 2008 defense authorization bill.

August 14, 2007

Senate Votes - H.R. 976: Small Business Tax Relief Act (SCHIP bill)

H.R. 976: Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2007

Debate

Previous Votes

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

Votes

S.Amdt. 2538 (Ensign, R-NV): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to create a Disease Prevention and Treatment Research Trust Fund.
Failed 26-58

S.Amdt. 2587 (Gregg, R-NH): To limit the matching rate for coverage other than for low-income children or pregnant women covered through a waiver and to prohibit any new waivers for coverage of adults other than pregnant women.
Failed 42-53

S.Amdt. 2554 (Dole, R-NC): To amend the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 to provide for a 60-vote point of order against legislation that includes a Federal excise tax rate increase which disproportionately affects taxpayers with earned income of less than 200 percent of the Federal poverty level.
Failed 32-64

S.Amdt. 2547 (Bunning, R-KY): To eliminate the exception for certain States to cover children under SCHIP whose income exceeds 300 percent of the Federal poverty level.
Motion to table agreed to 53-43

S.Amdt. 2593 (Lott, R-MS): To provide a perfecting amendment.
Failed 35-61

S.Amdt. 2602 (Kerry, D-MA): To provide sufficient funding and incentives to increase the enrollment of uninsured children.
Failed 36-60

S.Amdt. 2557 (Specter, R-PA): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to reset the rate of tax under the alternative minimum tax at 24 percent.
Motion to Waive CBA Rejected 47-52

S.Amdt. 2558 (Graham, R-SC): To sunset the increase in the tax on tobacco products on September 30, 2012.
Motion to Waive CBA Rejected 39-60

S.Amdt. 2540 (Ensign, R-NV): To prohibit a State from using SCHIP funds to provide coverage for nonpregnant adults until the State first demonstrates that it has adequately covered targeted low-income children who reside in the State.
Failed 43-55

S.Amdt. 2579 (Thune, R-SD): To exclude individuals with alternative minimum tax liability from eligibility for SCHIP coverage.
Failed 42-57

S.Amdt. 2537 (Kyl, R-AZ): To minimize the erosion of private health coverage.
Failed 37-62

S.Amdt. 2627 (Coburn, R-OK): To ensure that children and pregnant women whose family income exceeds 200 percent of the poverty line and who have access to employer-sponsored coverage receive premium assistance.
Failed 37-62

S.Amdt. 2596 (Vitter, R-LA): To require individuals who are eligible for SCHIP and employer-sponsored coverage to use the employer-sponsored coverage instead of SCHIP.
Failed 35-64

S.Amdt. 2535 (Allard, R-CO): To codify the unborn child rule.
Failed 49-50

S.Amdt. 2620 (Hutchison, R-TX): To increase access to health insurance for low-income children based on actual need, as adjusted for cost-of-living.
Failed 21-78

S.Amdt. 2562 (Kyl, R-AZ): To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend and modify the 15-year straight-line cost recovery for qualified leasehold improvements and qualified restaurant improvements and to provide a 15-year straight-line cost recovery for certain improvements to retail space.
Failed 49-50

S.Amdt. 2577 (DeMint, R-SC): To amend the Public Health Service Act to provide for cooperative governing of individual health insurance coverage offered in interstate commerce.
Failed 37-62

S.Amdt. 2530 (Baucus, D-MT): In the nature of a substitute.
Motion to Waive CBA Rejected 67-32

On Passage of the Bill
Passed 68-31


House Votes on SCHIP


SCHIP Bill Likely to Shrink, Former Official Predicts
Congress probably will have to settle for a shorter, less costly reauthorization of the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) than the five-year expansion Democrats are seeking, according to a former top official.

GOP Amendments May Smooth SCHIP's Way, Grassley Says
The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee said Tuesday that the ability to offer GOP amendments, both related and unrelated to children’s health insurance, may ease the way for Senate consideration of legislation to expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).

August 13, 2007

New Public Laws

P.L. 110-53: Improving America's Security Act of 2007
To provide for the implementation of the recommendations of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.
Votes:
Senate Agreed to Conference Report 85-8
Senate Rejected Motion to Recommit 26-67
House Passed 371-40

House Passes Homeland Security Legislation
The House gave final approval today to a Democratic bill that implements recommendations of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, mandating tighter screening of air and sea cargo and shifting more federal security money to high-risk areas

House Quietly Moves to Reverse Disclosure of Intelligence Budget
Late Aug. 4, just one day after President Bush signed into law a requirement that the total intelligence budget be made public, the House passed a measure to block the disclosure.

P.L. 110-54: To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide an exception to the 60-day limit on Medicare reciprocal billing arrangements between two physicians during the period in which one of the physicians is ordered to active duty as a member of a reserve component of the Armed Forces.
Votes:
House Passed 422-0
Senate by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-55: A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to provide additional procedures for authorizing certain acquisitions of foreign intelligence information and for other purposes.
Votes:
Senate Passed 60-28
House Passed 227-183

Related Bills, Votes:
H.R. 3356: To amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance
House suspension vote failed 218-207

S. 2011: A bill entitled "The Protect America Act of 2007".
Senate vote on passage failed 43-45

News Reports:

House Approves Wiretap Measure
The Democratic-controlled House last night approved legislation President Bush's intelligence advisers wrote to enhance their ability to intercept the electronic communications of foreigners without a court order.

Senate Votes To Expand Warrantless Surveillance
The Senate bowed to White House pressure last night and passed a Republican plan for overhauling the federal government's terrorist surveillance laws, approving changes that would temporarily give U.S. spy agencies expanded power to eavesdrop on foreign suspects without a court order.

White House Wins Standoff on FISA Fix
The House was prepared Saturday to take up a short-term Republican bill designed to fix an intelligence gap, delivering the White House and congressional Republicans a major victory on the top legislative priority before the August recess.

How the Fight for Vast New Spying Powers Was Won
For three days, Mike McConnell, the director of national intelligence, had haggled with congressional leaders over amendments to a federal surveillance law, but now he was putting his foot down. "This is the issue," said the plain-spoken retired vice admiral and Vietnam veteran, "that makes my blood pressure rise."

P.L. 110-56: To authorize additional funds for emergency repairs and reconstruction of the Interstate I-35 bridge located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, that collapsed on August 1, 2007, to waive the $100,000,000 limitation on emergency relief funds for those emergency repairs and reconstruction, and for other purposes.
House Passed 421-0
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-57: To provide for an additional temporary extension of programs under the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 through December 15, 2007, and for other purposes.
House Passed by Voice Vote
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-69: 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007
To invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the United States.
House:
Motion to Instruct Conferees
Passed 258-167

Rule: Ordered 225-198; Passed 229-194

Recommit Conference Report with Instructions
Failed 199-227

On Agreeing to the Conference Report
Passed 367-57

Senate:
Passed by Unanimous Consent

P.L. 110-74: A bill to amend chapter 89 of title 5, United States Code, to make individuals employed by the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission eligible to obtain Federal health insurance.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-78: A bill to waive application of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act to a specific parcel of real property transferred by the United States to 2 Indian tribes in the State of Oregon, and for other purposes.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-79: A bill granting the consent and approval of Congress to an interstate forest fire protection compact
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

P.L. 110-80: U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007
A bill to amend the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans' Care, Katrina Recovery and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, to strike a requirement relating to forage producers.
Senate Passed by Unanimous Consent
House Passed without objection

August 2, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3074: Transportation, HUD Appropriations

H.Res. 558: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3074

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed 210-179

On agreeing to the resolution
Agreed to by voice vote.


H.R. 3074: Making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

H.Amdt. 598 (Mica, R-FL): An amendment to strike the proviso pertaining to the Highway Trust Fund account.
Failed 201-217

H.Amdt. 599 (Bachmann, R-MN): An amendment to reduce funding (by transfer) for Operating Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation account by $106,000,000.
Failed 110-308

H.Amdt. 600 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to strike the $475 million appropriation for the Operating Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation account.
Failed 94-328

H.Amdt. 601 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to reduce the Capital and Debt Service Grants to the National Railroad Passenger Corporation account by $425 million.
Failed 104-312

H.Amdt. 603 (Chabot, R-OH): An amendment to reduce by $330 million the appropriation for Public and Indian Housing account.
Failed 121-300

H.Amdt. 605 (Westmoreland, R-GA): An amendment numbered 14 printed in the Congressional Record to strike the Native Hawaiin Housing Block Grant program.
Failed 116-307

H.Amdt. 612 (Sessions, R-TX): An amendment numbered 15 printed in the Congressional Record to limit the use of funds to used to support Amtrak's route with the highest loss, measured by passenger per mile cost as based on the National Railroad Passenger Corporation's September 2006 Financial Performance of Routes Report.
Failed 139-283

H.Amdt. 613 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to strike the $300,000 appropriation in the bill for the Belmont Complex in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania.
Failed 87-335

H.Amdt. 615 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to strike the $400,000 appropriation in the bill for the North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Failed 68-356

H.Amdt. 616 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to strike the $50,000 appropriation in the bill for the National Forest Recreation Association in Woodlake, California.
Failed 69-352

H.Amdt. 618 (Frank, D-MA): An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce the requirement under section 12(c) of the United States Housing Act of 1937.
Failed 207-220

H.Amdt. 620 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to limit the use of funds for the Friends of the Cheat Rails to Trails Program.
Failed 81-342

H.Amdt. 621 (Flake, R-AZ): An amendment to limit the use of funds for the Houston Zoo, in Houston, Texas.
Failed 77-347

H.Amdt. 622 (Hastings, D-FL): An amendment numbered 25 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds by the Federal Aviation Administration to eliminate, consolidate, de-consolidate, co-locate, execute inter-facility reorganization, or plan for the consolidation/deconsolidation, inter-facility reorganization, or co-location of any FAA air traffic control facility or service, with exception of the reversal of the transfer of the radar functions from the Palm Springs Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) to the Southern California TRACON.
Agreed to 268-158

H.Amdt. 623 (Frelinghuysen, R-NJ): An amendment to prohibit the use of funds by the Federal Aviation Administration to implement its preferred alternative of the New York/New Jersey/ Philadelphia Airspace Redesign project.
Failed 65-360

H.Amdt. 626 (Hensarling, R-TX): An amendment numbered 22 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds in the bill for the Edmunds Center for the Arts, City of Edmunds, WA.
Failed 97-327

H.Amdt. 627 (Hensarling, R-TX): An amendment numbered 21 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds in the bill for parking facilities.
Failed 86-338

H.Amdt. 630 (Hunter, R-CA): An amendment prohibiting the use of funds to participate in a working group pursuant to the Security and Prosperity Partnership.
Agreed to 362-63

H.Amdt. 631 (Jordan, R-OH): An amendment to reduce the total amount appropriated in this Act by $3.2 billion.
Failed 133-292

H.Amdt. 632 (Price, R-GA): An amendment numbered 20 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce appropriations in this Act by $507,767,000.
Failed 177-250

H.Amdt. 633 (Musgrave, R-CO): An amendment to reduce the total amount appropriated in this Act by $253,690,000.
Failed 198-229

H.Amdt. 634 (Price, R-GA): An amendment to prohibit the use of funds for the mortgage insurance programs under title II of the National Housing Act may be used for any housing trust fund established under title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act.
Failed 142-283

H.Amdt. 638 (King, R-IA): An amendment to prohibit the use of funds be used to implement the provisions of subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (relating to wage rate requirements; commonly known as the Davis-Bacon Act).
Failed 148-278

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H8388-8390; text: CR H8388)
Failed 201-220

On Passage
Passed 268-153

August 1, 2007

House Votes - H.R. 3043: Labor, HHS, Education Appropriations

H.Res. 547: Providing for consideration of H.R. 3043

On Agreeing to the Resolution
Passed 232-178


H.R. 3043: Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2008

Debate

Amendments (GovTrack, Thomas)

H.Amdt. 511: An amendment to increase appropriations for the Employment Standards Administration and reduce appropriations for the Departmental Management account.
Failed 186-237

H.Amdt. 512: An amendment to reduce appropriations for the Bureau of Labor Statistics and increase appropriations for education for the disadvantaged.
Failed 174-250

H.Amdt. 514: An amendment to reduce the amount appropriated for the Salaries and Expenses account by $58,419,000.
Failed 149-277

H.Amdt. 517: An amendment to reduce the appropriation (by transfer) for the Salaries and Expenses by $50 million.
Failed 183-243

H.Amdt. 519: An amendment numbered 5 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of appropriated funds to be used to carry out a public-private competition or direct conversion under OMB Circular A-76 or any successor.
Failed 173-251

H.Amdt. 520: An amendment to increase the appropriation (by transfer) for Health Resources and Services by $12.5 million.
Failed 182-242

H.Amdt. 522: An amendment to redirect $37,200,000 in funding with respect to the Health Resources and Services account.
Failed 207-217

H.Amdt. 523: An amendment to increase appropriations for the National Cord Blood Stem Cell Program by $11,037,000.
Agreed to by voice vote.

H.Amdt. 524: An amendment to strike the proviso on page 36, beginning at line 5 which states that within the amounts provided for part A of title XXVI of the Public Health Service Act, funds are included to ensure that the amount of any funding provided under such part to a metropolitan area for the program year beginning in 2007 is not reduced by an amount that is more than 8.4 percent, and the amount of any funding provided under subpart II of such part to a transitional area is not reduced by an amount that is more than 13.4 percent, relative to the amount of the total funding provided under such part to the metropolitan area or transitional area, respectively, for the program year beginning in fiscal year 2006.
Failed 196-230

H.Amdt. 527: An amendment to reduce appropriations for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (by transfer), and redirect $125 million to Special Education.
Failed 203-224

H.Amdt. 530: An amendment numbered 41 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce appropriations for Children and Families Services Programs by $8 million.
Failed 58-370

H.Amdt. 531: An amendment numbered 42 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce appropriations for Children and Families Services Programs by $5 million.
Failed 80-347

H.Amdt. 536: An amendment to reduce appropriations for School Improvement Programs (by transfer), and redirect $21 million to ESEA.
Failed 149-274

H.Amdt. 537: An amendment to reduce appropriations on Page 80, line 2, by $33,907,000.
Failed: 74-352

H.Amdt. 538: An amendment to reduce (by transfer) the Innovation and Improvement account by $10 million.
Failed 186-241

H.Amdt. 539: An amendment numbered 49 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Innovation and Improvement account by $10,695,000.
Failed 116-309

H.Amdt. 540: An amendment numbered 50 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce the Innovation and Improvement account by $23,533,000.
Failed 97-331

H.Amdt. 542: An amendment to increase (by transfer) for Special Education account by $50 million.
Agreed to 419-11

H.Amdt. 543: An amendment to reduce Rehabilitation Services and Disability Research account by $2,279,000.
Failed 95-335

H.Amdt. 544: An amendment numbered 65 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce funding for the Student Financial Assistance account by $64,987,000.
Failed 79-349

H.Amdt. 548: An amendment numbered 17 printed in the Congressional Record reduce appropriations for the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Failed 96-334

H.Amdt. 549: An amendment numbered 56 printed in the Congressional Record to strike line 7 and all that follows through the comma on page 104, line 12.
Failed 72-357

H.Amdt. 550 (Obey, D-WI): An amendment to strike a sundry list of projects contained in the bill.
Failed: 53-369
Mr. Obey lives up to his word about earmarks.

H.Amdt. 551: An amendment to strike a sundry list of projects contained in the bill.

H.Amdt. 552: An amendment numbered 19 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds to be used for the Exploratorium, San Francisco, California, for its Bay Area Science Teacher Recruitment, Retention, and Improvement Initiative.
Failed 89-341

H.Amdt. 553: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds be used to pay the basic pay of any individual serving as Deputy Commissioner of Social Security, Social Security Administration, whose appointment to such position has not been confirmed by a vote of the Senate pursuant to section 702(b)(1) of the Social Security Act.
Agreed to 231-199

H.Amdt. 554: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds to any provider of services under title X of the Public Health Service Act if it is made known to the Secretary of Health and Human Services that such provider has been found within the preceding 36-month period to have violated State law requirement notification or the reporting of child abuse, child molestation, sexual abuse, rape, or incest.
By unanimous consent, the Schmidt amendment was withdrawn.

H.Amdt. 555: An amendment to prohibit the use of funds for activities under section 241(a) of the Public Health Service Act.
Failed 181-249

H.Amdt. 559: An amendment numbered 59 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the On Location Entertainment Industry Craft and Technician Training project, West Los Angeles College, Culver City, CA.
Failed 114-316
House Rebuffs Reg Presuming Hospitals Will Cheat
Only a dozen House members voted Thursday against an amendment that would block part of a Medicare rule that hospitals say unfairly presumes they would overbill the program by $24 billion next year because of an upcoming switch to a new hospital inpatient payment system. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said in a proposed rule earlier this year that hospitals will exaggerate how sick patients are when the agency begins adjusting payments next year that are more closely tied to severity of illness, and that a “behavioral offset” is needed to reduce inpatient payments across-the-board by 2.4 percent to compensate for the overcharges.

H.Amdt. 560: An amendment numbered 15 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the American Ballet Theatre, New York, New York, for educational activities.
Failed 118-312

H.Amdt. 561: An amendment numbered 10 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston, South Carolina, for exhibits and curriculum.
Failed 70-360

H.Amdt. 562: An amendment numbered 12 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Kansas Regional Prisons Museum, Lansing, Kansas, for educational and outreach programs.
Failed 112-317

H.Amdt. 564: An amendment numbered 11 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Corporation for Jefferson's Poplar Forest, Forest, Virginia, for expansion of exhibits and outreach.
Failed 68-360

H.Amdt. 565: An amendment to prohibit funds to be used to pay a bonus or other performance-based cash award to any employee of the Social Security Administration or the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services who holds a position to which such employee was appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, or a Senior Executive Service position.
Failed 185-238

H.Amdt. 569: An amendment to prohibit use of funds to require HPV vaccinations for school admittance.
Agreed to by voice vote.

H.Amdt. 571: An amendment numbered 3 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds by the SSA to administer Socia Security benefit payments, under any agreement between the United States and Mexico establishing totalization arrangements between the two countries.
Agreed to 254-168

H.Amdt. 572: An amendment to prohibit use of funds in the bill by the NLRB to recognize as the exclusive bargaining representative of employees any labor organization that has not been certified as such by the NLRB.
Failed 167-255

H.Amdt. 575: An amendment to add a new section prohibiting use of funds to implement any policy prohibiting a Medicare beneficiary from electing during a coverage election period, to receive health care benefits under title XVIII of such Act through enrollment in a Medicare Advantage plan.
Failed 192-228

H.Amdt. 580: An amendment to limit the use of funds for the publication of certain student loan applications.
Failed 191-233

H.Amdt. 581: An amendment to limit the use of funds regarding certain Medicare regulations.
Agreed to 412-12

H.Amdt. 587: An amendment numbered 62 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the Charles B. Rangel Center for Public Service, City College of New York, NY.
Failed 108-316

H.Amdt. 589: An amendment numbered 16 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit the use of funds for the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Missouri, for exhibits, education programs, and an archival project.
Failed 96-327

H.Amdt. 590: An amendment numbered 6 printed in the Congressional Record to provide that each amount appropriated or otherwise made available by this Act that is not required to be appropriated or otherwise made available by a provision of law is hereby reduced by 4.6 percent.
Failed 136-288

H.Amdt. 591: An amendment numbered 4 printed in the Congressional Record to decrease spending in the bill by 1% across-the board.
Failed 165-256

H.Amdt. 592: An amendment numbered 23 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce spending amounts in the bill by .5% across-the-board.
Failed 177-245

H.Amdt. 593: An amendment numbered 7 printed in the Congressional Record to reduce amounts appropriated in the bill by 0.25% across-the-board.
Failed 177-245

H.Amdt. 594: An amendment numbered 67 printed in the Congressional Record to prohibit use of funds in the bill for Planned Parenthood.
Failed 189-231

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
(consideration: CR H8170-8172; text: CR H8170-8171)
Failed 206-213

On Passage
Passed 276-140

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