CCAGW Vote Alert: Amendments to H.R. 3055 | Council For Citizens Against Government Waste

CCAGW Vote Alert: Amendments to H.R. 3055

June 20, 2019

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

Dear Representative,

You will soon consider H.R. 3055, the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020. 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. 3055:

Division A – Commerce, Justice, and Science

Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) amendment to prohibit grants for Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change.

Rep. Glenn Grothman’s (R-Wis.) amendment to reduce funds made available to Division A by 13.3 percent.

Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-Ind.) amendment to reduce amounts made available in Division A, other than amounts made available to the Department of Defense, by 14 percent.

Division B – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration

Rep. Glenn Grothman’s (R-Wis.) amendment to reduce funds made available to Division B by 3.7 percent.

Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-Ind.) amendment to reduce spending for each amount in Division B by 14 percent.

Rep. Andy Biggs’ (R-Ariz.) amendment to prevent funds from being used to finalize, implement, or enforce the draft guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration in December of 2017 titled “Drug Products Labeled as Homeopathic: Guidance for FDA Staff and Industry.”

Division C – Interior, Environment

Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), John Joyce (R-Pa.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Michael Cloud (R-Texas), and Debbie Lesko’s (R-Ariz.) amendment to state that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to enforce the final Clean Power Plan rules entitled, “Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units”; and “Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions From New Modified, and Reconstructed Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.”

Reps. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) and Ruben Gallego’s (D-Nev.) amendment to prevent any funds in this bill from being used to plan, design, study, or construct, for the purpose of harvesting timber by private entities or individuals, a forest development road in the Tongass National Forest.

Rep. Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) amendment to prohibit funds for carrying out EPA’s Endangerment Finding.

Reps. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Don Young (R-Alaska), and Paul Gosar’s (R-Ariz.) amendment to strike section 118 from the bill that prevents energy leases in ANWR.

Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) and Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) amendment to prohibit funds from being used to enforce the Obama Administration’s Methane Rule, entitled “Oil and Natural Gas Sector: Emission Standards for New, Reconstructed, and Modified Sources.”

Reps. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), and Jeff Duncan’s (R-S.C.) amendment to prohibit the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance that references or relies on analysis of the cost of social carbon under certain Technical Support Documents published by the Interagency Working Group on Social Cost of Carbon.

Rep. Garret Graves’ (R-La.) amendment to strike section 117 of Division C which prohibits funds for a new Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program and Notice of Intent to Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement Plan.

Rep. Jody Hice’s (R-Ga.) amendment to decrease each amount made available by this Act (other than an amount required to be made available by a provision of law) by 23.6 percent to match the President’s budget request.

Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-Ind.) amendment to reduce spending for each amount available in Division C by 14 percent.

Division E – Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

Rep. Michael Burgess’s (R-Texas) amendment to reduce funding for the Essential Air Service by $50 million to match the President’s request.

Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-Pa.) amendment to strike the bill’s prohibition on the FTA requirement that applicants for the Capital Investment Grant provide a reasonable cost estimate that exceeds a 50 percent probability of on-budget completion.

Rep. Glenn Grothman’s (R-Wis.) amendment to reduce funds made available to Division E by 4.6 percent.

Rep. Jim Banks’ (R-Ind.) amendment to reduce amounts made available in Division E, other than amounts made available to the Department of Defense, by 14 percent.

Rep. Paul Mitchell’s (R-Mich.) amendment to create a 3 percent across the board spending reduction to Division E.

Furthermore, I urge you to oppose the following amendments:

Division A – Commerce, Justice, and Science

Reps. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) and Peter King’s (R-N.Y.) amendment to increase funding for Regional Information Sharing Systems, part of the Community Oriented Policing (COPS) Program, by $2.7 million.

Rep. Alma Adams’ (D-N.C.) amendment to increase funding for Byrne-JAG by $1 million. Increases prosecutorial decision-making line-item by $1 million.

Rep. Joe Neguse’s (D-Colo.) amendment to increase funding for Juvenile Justice Programs by $1 million.

Division B – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration

Reps. Angie Craig (D-Minn.) and Abigail Spangberger’s (D-Va.) amendment to increase by $353,000 the Rural Energy for American Program to spur rural renewable energy investment.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (D-N.Y.) amendment to strike [“Provided, that up to $2,000,000,000 shall be used for the construction, acquisition, design and engineering or improvement of fossil fueled electric generating plants (whether new or existing) that utilize carbon subsurface utilization and storage systems.”]

Division C – Interior, Environment

Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.), Jared Golden (D-Maine), Jeff Van Drew (D-N.J.), Andy Kim (D-N.J.), Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.), Peter King (R-N.Y.), John Rutherford (R-Fla.), Christopher Smith (D-N.J.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Chris Pappas (D-N.H.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), and David Price’s (D-N.C.) amendment to establish a Department of Interior moratorium on oil and gas drilling and related activities in the Atlantic, including the North Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, and the South Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas.

Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.), and Alan Lowenthal’s (D-Calif.) amendment to state that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement Executive Order 13817, which treats uranium as a critical mineral for the purposes of expedited permitting under the administration’s critical mineral strategy.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries’ (D-N.Y.) amendment to state that none of the funds made available by this Act to the National Park Service may be used to increase the sales of plastic bottles.

Division D – Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

Reps. Joe Cunningham (D-S.C.) and John Ratcliffe’s (R-Texas) amendment to prevent any military construction funding from being used towards a new Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round.

Division E – Transportation and Housing and Urban Development

Reps. Denny Heck (D-Wash.), Don Young (R-Alaska), Gwen Moore (D-Wis.), Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), and Deb Haaland’s (D-N.M.) amendment to provide additional funding for the Indian Community Development Block Grant Program.

All votes on H.R. 3055 will be among those considered in CCAGW’s 2019 Congressional Ratings.

Sincerely,

Tom Schatz
President, CCAGW

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