|THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019
Floor Schedule and Procedure:
Under a Rule (1 bill):
This bill is a package of five bills reported by the Appropriations Committee for FY2020, and is the second set of FY2020 appropriations bills the House will consider this year. It includes Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations.
Resources from the Appropriations Committee
The Rule allows for no further general debate, makes in order 290 amendments, and allows for amendments to be offered en bloc.
A full list of amendments can be found here. As of last night, the House has completed debate through Cunningham/Moulton Amendment #58. Members should be prepared to offer their amendment at the appropriate time.
Postponed Division A (Commerce, Justice, Science) Amendment Votes (4):
Increases the NOAA Operations, Research, and Facilities account by $3.5 million. Decreases the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Salaries and Expenses account by $3.5 million to restore it to FY19 levels.
Strikes the general provision in the bill that blocks the Census Bureau from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
Prohibits the use of funds to prevent any State, territory, or D.C. from implementing their own laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of marijuana.
Reduces amounts made available in Division A by 14 percent.
Below are amendments to be considered today. Please note that many of these amendments will be considered en bloc, and some will be considered individually.
Division A (Commerce, Justice, Science) amendments:
Prevents the Census Bureau from using information it collects through data sharing agreements in contravention of existing law.
Increases funding from within DOJ’s Byrne-JAG program by $2,000,000 for the John R. Justice law school loan repayment program for public defenders and prosecutors.
Prohibits the use of funds to enforce the “zero-tolerance policy” announced by then-Attorney General Sessions in April 2018 that resulted in the separation of thousands of families.
Prohibits NOAA from using a tool that is used to protect the critically endangered right whales in both the Atlantic and Pacific.
Decreases and increases funding within Byrne-JAG program by $2,500,000 for police training to improve responses to individuals with disability and mental illness.
Increases funding for Veterans Treatment Courts by $1,000,000 and decreases funding for DOJ General Administration.
Increases funding by $1,000,000 for the National Security Division to enhance and strengthen the capacity of the Domestic Terrorism Counsel, with an offsetting reduction of $1,000,000 in the Department of Justice, General Administration, Salaries and Expenses account.
Neguse Amendment #75
Increases, by $1,000,000, funding for the NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program; offset from Department of Justice General Administration.
Neguse Amendment #76
Increases and decreases funding for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) by $5,000,000 to encourage states to continue to improve their submission of records to NICS.
Increases Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program funding by $5,000,000 and reduces DEA Salaries and Expenses by $5,000,000.
Reduces and increases funding for the Bureau of Prisons by $1,000,000 to direct the Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Marshals Service to take steps to reform and reduce the use of solitary confinement.
Porter Amendment #81
Increases funding for the Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program by $500,000, offset from DOJ General Administration.
Porter Amendment #82
Increases funding for the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative by $1,000,000, offset from DOJ General Administration.
Pressley Amendment #83
Increases funding by $3,000,000 for the Children of Incarcerated Parents program within the Second Chance Act programs.
Pressley Amendment #84
Increases and decreases funding by $2,000,000 for community-based violence prevention programs within the Byrne-JAG program.
Reduces/increases spending in the General Legal Activities Account by $2,000,000 to direct the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division to devote more resources to enforce Federal animal cruelty laws.
Underwood Amendment Prohibits the Department of Justice from using funds to argue as part of any litigation that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional, invalid, or unenforceable on any ground.
Division B (Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration) amendments:
Jackson Lee Amendment
Increases funding by $2,000,000 for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Research and Education Activities account that provides grant research funding for “1890s Land Grant Universities,” which are the 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Reduces by $3,000,000 the Office of the Chief Information Officer account.
Decreases and increases funds by $5,000,000 the salaries and expenses account of the Agricultural Research Service to support the research and development of an African Swine Fever vaccine.
Increases and decreases by $100,000 the FDA salaries and expenses account, to express support for a process to make lawful a safe level for conventional foods and dietary supplements containing Cannabidiol (CBD) so long as the products are compliant with all other FDA rules and regulations.
Davis, R. (IL) Amendment
Increases and decreases by $5,000,000 the research and education activities account for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, to express support for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).
Welch Amendment #95
Increases by $10,000,000 the marketing services account for Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives. Reduces by $10 million funding for USDA Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Welch Amendment #96
Increases by $1,000,000 and decreases by $1,000,000 the marketing services account to express support for the Acer Access Program (maple syrup).
Reduces funds made available to division B by 3.7 percent.
Increases and decreases reserve funding in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by $10,000,000 to express support for maintaining the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Nutritional Assistance Program at FY19 eligibility and benefit standards.
Reduces spending for each amount in Division B by 14 percent.
Increases and decreases by $1.00 the Rural Water and Waste Disposal Program Account within USDA’s Rural Utilities Service to express support for addressing ongoing efforts to address inadequate wastewater infrastructure in rural and unincorporated communities, specifically those where families or individuals have straight-pipe septic systems or failing decentralized sewage treatment systems.
Prevents 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.”
Increases and decreases the Child Nutrition Programs account by $2,000,000 to express support for School Breakfast Expansion Grants that help increase participation through programs such as Breakfast after the Bell.
Gonzales-Colon Amendment #103
Provides $1,996,000 for the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program for Geographically Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers, which reimburses producers in the non-contiguous states and territories for a portion of the cost to transport agricultural commodities or inputs used to produce an agricultural commodity. Offset by a corresponding decrease of $2,000,000 in the Office of Communications.
Maloney, Sean Amendment
Decreases and increases funding by $5,000,000 for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to express support for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.
Increases funding for the rural broadband Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program by $25,000,000, offset by a $25,000,000 decrease in the Office of the Chief Information Officer account.
Increases and decreases the funding by $12,000,000 for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service salaries and expenses account to express support for addressing Chronic Wasting Disease.
Increases and decreased the marketing services account by $1,500,000 to express the Congressional intent that the Dairy Business Innovation Initiatives should be funded at that level.
Plaskett Amendment #108
Increases by $5,000,000 funding for Micro-grants for Food Security. Offset by cuts of $3,000,000 in the Departmental Administration account; $1,400,000 in the Office of the Chief Information Officer account; and $600,000 in the Office of Communications within USDA.
Plaskett Amendment #109
Provides for inclusion of the insular territories of the United States within the meaning of the term “persistent poverty counties”.
Joyce, J. (PA) Amendment
Increases and decreases account by $15,000,000 the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service salaries and expenses account to express support for a study on preventing the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease.
Reduces by $200,000 the Office of the Chief Information Officer account. Increases by $200,000 the child nutrition programs account, with the intent that those resources go to Technical Assistance for the Farm-to-School program.
Adds and reduces the Office of the Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics account by $1.00 for the purpose of instructing the Office to finalize a review, as required by the FY19 Farm Bill, of the programs of the Department of Agriculture that may be more effectively used to accelerate the development and use of automation or mechanization in the production or processing of specialty crops.
Strikes “1980, 1990”, and insert “1990” to expand the time range for 10-20-30 funding, a formula to fight persistent poverty.
Increases funding by $55,000,000 in the bill for USDA’s Rural E-Connectivity (ReConnect) program, which makes loans and grants for broadband deployment in rural communities. Decreases are split between the Departmental Administration account ($12,500,000) the Office of the Chief Information Officer ($12.5 million), and the Office of the General Counsel ($30 million).
Underwood #115 Amendment
Prevents funds from being used to remove existing information about climate change from official publications.
Reduces by $1,000,000 the Agriculture Buildings and Facilities account and increases by $1,000,000 the USDA Office of the Inspector General with the intent that the increase be used for enforcement of anti-animal fighting statutes.
Craig Amendment #117
Decreases by $353,000 the Office of the Chief Information Officer and increases by $353,000 the Rural Energy for American Program to spur rural renewable energy investment.
Craig Amendment #118
Decreases and increases by $1,000,000 the Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program to express the importance of broadband access to rural communities, schools, and small businesses.
Trone Amendment #119
Decreases by $5,000,000 the Departmental Administration account. Increases by $5 million the Distance Learning, Telemedicine, and Broadband Program for Community Connect Grants.
Trone Amendment #120
Reduces by $1,000,000 the USDA Office of Communications. Increases by $1,000,000 the funding for the Rural Health and Safety Education Program to combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities.
Strikes the following language in the bill: “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.”
Increases and decreases the Economic Research Service by $1 to express support for a report to Congress on the impacts of tariffs on U.S. soybean farmers in light of Russian efforts to expand agricultural exports to China.
Lee, S. (NV) Amendment
Increases by $500,000 the Child Nutrition account to encourage peer to peer learning among school nutrition staff to create healthy school environments. Decreases by $500,000 the USDA Departmental Administration account.
Decreases by $1,000,000 the Office of the Secretary. Increases funding by $1,000,000 for the Farm-to-School Grant Program.
Increases and decreases by $10,000,000 the extension activities account to express support for the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) program to fund mental health resources for farmers and ranchers.
Division C (Interior, Environment) amendments:
Decreases and increases funding by $2 million from the Environmental Programs and Management fund for purposes of EPA enforcement authority over Clean Air Act regulations related to waste-to-energy incinerators.
Places a funding limitation on the EPA’s ability to utilize the Title 42 special pay authority.
Prohibits any funds from being expended by the Department of the Interior to conduct oil and gas pre-leasing, leasing, and related activities in outer continental shelf planning areas around Florida.
Young Amendment #129
States that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the EPA’s rule on emissions form small remote incinerators in Alaska.
Young Amendment #130
Prohibits funds from being used to designate new wild and scenic rivers in National Parks in Northwestern California.
Young Amendment #131
Bars the use of funds to designate new wilderness areas in National Forests in Northwestern California.
Establishes 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.
Prevents funds from being used by USFWS to issue permits for the importation of elephant or lion trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia or Tanzania.
Increases funding by $500,000 for the 400 Years of African-American History Commission in order for them to carry out their mandate.
States 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”.
Prevents 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.
Increases funding in the Environmental Programs and Management account by $1,000,000 for Air Quality Management and decreases funding in the Department of Interior Office of the Secretary account by $1,000,000
Increases and decreases by $3,000,000 the Environmental Programs and Management fund to instruct EPA to advance environmental justice by implementing environmental enforcement strategies in 100 communities overburdened by serious environmental noncompliance problems and instruct EPA to research the cumulative risks posed by multiple sources of pollution, and to incorporate this information into EPA health assessments.
Gosar Amendment #139
Prohibits funds for carrying out EPA’s Endangerment Finding
Gosar Amendment # 140
Increases and decreases by $1,720,000 for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) research in wild and captive populations of cervids.
Grijalva Amendment # 141
Prohibits the Department of the Interior from transferring jurisdictions of National Parks, Wildlife Refuges, and other public lands along the border pursuant to President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border in contravention of Congress.
Grijalva Amendment #142
States 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.
Strikes section 118 from the bill that prevents energy leases in ANWR.
Increases and decreases the EPA Science and Technology Account by $2 to underscore the importance of EPA’s assessment of Chromium-6.
Increases and decreases the Capital Maintenance and Improvement account by $1 to highlight the need for improvements to roads within the Uwharrie National Forest.
Increases and decreases the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act program by $5,000,000.
Mullin Amendment #147
Prohibits 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.”
Mullin Amendment #148
Prohibits 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.
Moore Amendment #149
Increases and decreases funding by $5,000,000 the State and Tribal Assistance Grants to express support for increased funding for the lead reduction projects grant program which helps low-income homeowners replace lead pipes.
Moore Amendment #150
Increases funding by $1,000,000 for the Indian Health Services Domestic Violence Prevention Program to allow for additional grants and decreases $1,000,000 from the Office of the Secretary Departmental Operations account.
Increases and decreases the Environmental Program and Management account by $500,000 in order to direct EPA to produce reports on how much environmental measures have improved preceding enactment of USMCA.
Lujan Amendment #152
Prevents any of the funds made available by this act to be used for further mineral development around the Chaco Culture National Historical Park on federal lands. This amendment does not affect the mineral rights of an Indian Tribe or member of an Indian Tribe to trust land or allotment land.
Lujan Amendment #153
Increases and decreases $1,500,000 for the Rio Puerco Watershed Management Program, as authorized in S.47, the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act. The Rio Puerco Basin is the one of the largest tributaries in the Rio Grande Basin and this amendment would help restore and manage this critical watershed which currently deposits large amounts of damaging excess sediment to the Rio Grande system which results in alarming levels of erosion and flooding.
Increases and decreases $10,000,000 from the Forest Service Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness account to the Forest Service Forest Products account to increase timber production on federal land.
Increases funding for the EPA Science Advisory Board by $500,000, and decreases funding for the EPA Executive Management and Operations program by $500,000 to support the SAB review of the Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science proposed rule.
Prohibits any funds in the bill from being used to either alter or terminate the Interagency Agreement between the U.S. Departments of Labor and Agriculture that governs the Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center (CCC) program, and prohibits any funds in the bill from being used to close any of the 25 CCCs that are currently operating.
Increases funding for the Wildland fire management account by $1,000,000, with the intent it be spent on the Joint Fire Science program, decreases $1 million from the Office of the Secretary of Interior’s administrative account.
Strikes 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.
Jeffries Amendment #159
States 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.
Jeffries Amendment #160
Prohibits funds made available to the National Park Service to be used for the purchase or display of a confederate flag with the exception of specific circumstances where the flags provide historical context.
Decreases 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.
Kuster Amendment Increases and decreases $1,000,000 in the National Forest System account to highlight the National Avalanche Center which provides training and support to prevent snow avalanche casualties.
Reduces spending for each amount available in Division C by 14 percent.
States that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used to issue a proposed or final rule to replace the Consolidated Federal Oil & Gas and Federal & Indian Coal Valuation Reform final rule.
States that none of the funds made available by this Act can be used for the Integrated Risk Information System of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Increases and decreases funding by $2,000,000 from the State and Private Forestry account for the purposes of highlighting Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants.
States that none of the funds in this Act can be used by BOEM to issue permits for oil and gas exploration, including for seismic airgun blasting, in the Atlantic.
Increases and decreases funding by $5,000,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to prioritize the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Vargas Amendment Increases and decreases by $10,000,000 State and Tribal Assistance Grants in order to direct the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize projects that will drastically reduce pollution flowing across the U.S.-Mexico border.
Beyer Amendment #170
Prohibits funds to eliminate the requirement that newly built coal power plants capture carbon dioxide emissions.
Beyer Amendment #171
Increases and decreases $5,000,000 from the Office of the Secretary account for the purpose of maintaining the Interior Department’s body camera pilot program.
Prohibits the use of funds in this bill to close or relocate any EPA office that houses emergency responders or a criminal investigation unit.
Increases and decreases $200,000 from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Resource Management to support the Wildlife Detector Dog Program in the Office of Law Enforcement at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Plaskett – Amendment
Provides for inclusion of the insular territories of the United States within the meaning of the term “persistent poverty counties”.
Increases and decreases $25,000 in funding for the EPA’s Environmental Programs and Management account to support EPA public forums and outreach on ethylene oxide to communities identified in the National Air Toxic Assessment to face dangerous emissions levels of this known carcinogen.
States that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used on offshore oil and gas leasing off the Washington/Oregon, Northern California, Central California, and Southern California Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Planning Areas for FY2020.
Increases and decreases the National Park Service Construction account by $1,000,000 in order to fund the construction of a Visitor’s Center at Tule Springs National Monument in Nevada.
Withholds funds for the Department of the Interior’s Executive Resources Board unless it is comprised of fifty percent career Senior Executive Service members.
O’Halleran Amendment #179
Increases and decreases by $7,000,000 funding for Indian Health Service Facilities, to highlight the importance of completing the Hopi Arsenic Mitigation Project, to provide safe drinking water to the Hopi.
O’Halleran Amendment #180
Increases and decreases by $1,000,000 funding for CFLRP, to highlight the importance of CFLRP to forest restoration, wildfire risk reduction, and rural economic development.
O’Halleran Amendment #181
Increases and decreases funding by $1,000,000 in the EPA’s Superfund Account to highlight the need to increase EPA staffing to meaningfully address over 500 abandoned uranium mines on and near the Navajo Nation.
Casten Amendment #182
Prohibits the United States Geological Survey from using funds to limit the use of climate modeling tools.
Casten Amendment #183
Increases and decreases funding for Geographic Programs by $1 for the purposes of maintaining the Great Lakes Advisory Board within the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Increases and decreases funding by $1,000,000 for the Clean Water Act Section 319 Non-Point Source Pollution Program that is designed to give local and state governments the flexibility to decrease water pollutants through community-based conservation projects.
Haaland Amendment #185
Increases and decreases funding by $35,000,000 in the Indian Health Service account to support urban Indian health.
Haaland Amendment #186
Increases and decreases funding by $176,000,000 in the Operation of Indian Programs account to support tribal courts and law enforcement.
Increases by $7,000,000 DOI and Forest Service accounts for wildfire preparedness, wildfire suppression operations, emergency rehabilitation, and hazardous fuels management, decreases by $7,000,000 the increase to the Working Capital Fund.
Increases and decreases funding by $10,000,000 to support Sewer Overflow Control Grants and prioritize improvements to the Chapaton Retention Basin, a Macomb County, Michigan combined sewer overflow facility, and other projects that protect the Great Lakes and freshwater sources.
Increases and decreases the Wildland Fire Management account by $1 for the purposes of recognizing the important needs of rural counties to be able to properly rehabilitate and remediate burned areas after severe wildfire burn, to ensure our rural communities are prepared for wildfires.
Prohibits funds to be used for undermining the EPA Mercury and Air Toxics Standard (MATS), which has been implemented by the power sector and has protected children and communities from mercury, lead, arsenic and other air toxics from power plants. The MATS standard prevents up to 11,000 fatalities and 130,000 asthma attacks each year.
Increases and decreases $8,000,000 funding from the Science and Technology Account with the purpose of instructing the EPA to fund the Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers. These centers have made profound contributions to the scientific understanding on how exposures to chemicals and pollutants uniquely impact children and pregnant women.
Increases and decreases $2,000,000 from the Environmental Programs and Management account for the purpose of instructing the Environmental Protection Agency to prioritize funding to develop a national recycling strategy to ensure the long-term economic and environmental viability of local recycling programs.
States that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the closure of EPA offices in regions that have designated Sulfur Dioxide (2010) Nonattainment Areas.
Van Drew Amendment
States that none of the funds made available by this act may be used to implement the Department of Interior Solicitor’s opinion (FWS.CW.0380) issued in 1994, to advance lifesaving coastal storm reduction and community resiliency projects at less cost to local and state taxpayers while also improving ecological productivity.
|QUOTE OF THE DAY:
“It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.”