CCAGW Vote Alert: Amendments to H.R. 5895

June 7, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 5895, the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2019. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support the following amendments to H.R. 5895:

Rep. Ralph Norman’s (R-S.C.) amendment to reduce the total amount of appropriations made available by $1.5 billion to match the fiscal year 2018 enacted level.

Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) amendment to eliminate funding for the ARPA-E program as recommended by the administration.

Rep. Paul Mitchell’s (R-Mich.) to cut 10% from administrative expense accounts at both the Bureau of Reclamation and the Department of Energy.

The amendment offered by Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), and David McKinley (R-W.Va.) to prohibit the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) amendment to provide for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division A of the bill.

Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) amendment to eliminate funding in the bill for the Open World Leadership Center Trust Fund.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (R-Tenn.) amendment to provide 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 Sergeant at Arms shall not be reduced.

I urge you to oppose the following amendments:

Rep. Rick Nolan’s (D-Minn.) amendment to boost the Army Corps’ Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program by $1 million.

The amendment offered by Reps. Niki Tsongas (D-Mass.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), and Bill Keating (D-Mass.) to increase funding to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the purpose of offshore wind energy job training grants.

The amendment offered by Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.), Salud Carbajal (D-Calif), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Kathy Castor (D-Fla.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) to strike 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.

Rep. Jim Langevin’s (D-R.I.) amendment to increase funding by $3 million to be used for divertor test tokamak research and development.

Rep. Elizabeth Esty’s (D-Conn.) amendment to restore $15 million in funding to the Advanced manufacturing Office (AMO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).

The amendment offered by Reps. Ruben Kihuen (D-Nev.), Dina Titus (D-Nev.), and Jacky Rosen (D-Nev.) to strike language that would prohibit the closure of the Yucca Mountain Project.

The amendment offered by Reps. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) to increase funding for the Norther Border Regional Commission to further rural economic development and infrastructure initiatives along the Northern Border.

Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) amendment to increase funding for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $2 million for the SuperTruck II program.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee’s (D-Texas) amendment to allocate an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control.

Rep. Steve Cohen’s (D-Tenn.) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to purchase plastic drinking straws.

The amendment offered by Reps. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), John Delaney (D-Md.), Elizabeth Etsy (D-Conn.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Ted Liu (D-Calif.), and Ben Lujan (D-N.M.) to appropriate $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.

All votes on H.R. 5895 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2018 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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