Summary of Amendments Offered During the Rules Committee Markup on H. Res.676 - Providing for authority to initiate litigation for actions by the President or other executive branch officials inconsistent with their duties under the Constitution

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1. Nugent (FL)

 

Requires quarterly reporting on aggregate outside counsel expenses.

Adopted by a Voice Vote

2. Slaughter (NY)

#1

Every week, require the House’s General Counsel to disclose how much has been spent on the lawsuit.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

3. Slaughter (NY)

#2A

Prohibit the hiring of any law firms or consultants who lobby Congress, because if they lobby Congress for a living, Congress should not also be paying them.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

4. Slaughter (NY)

#2B

Prohibit the hiring of any law firm or consultants who lobby on Affordable Care Act implementation or who have any financial stake in implementation of the Affordable Care Act, because it would be a conflict of interest.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

5. Slaughter (NY)

#9

Require the Speaker to pay for this lawsuit using money from the budget of the Benghazi Select Committee.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

6. Hastings (FL)

#5

Require that the House’s lawyers explain to Members of the House the likelihood of success in this lawsuit, and how they think they will overcome the legal obstacles presented by Supreme Court precedent that says these sorts of cases can’t even be considered.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

7. Hastings (FL)

#6

Ensure that this lawsuit does not seek to prevent implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s provisions relating to: (1) young adult coverage; (2) benefits for women; (3) protections for pre-existing conditions; (4) prescription discounts for seniors that close the “donut hole” in Medicare; or, (5) small business tax credits.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

8. McGovern (MA)

#3

Require disclosure of all contracts with lawyers and consultants 10 days before they are approved.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

9. McGovern (MA)

#7

Ensure that this lawsuit does not target people in the military, veterans, or civil servants, any one of whom would experience significant burdens and likely rack up large legal bills defending themselves in court. 

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

10. Polis (CO)

#4

Require disclosure of where the taxpayer money paying for the lawsuit is coming from, and which programs and offices’ budgets are being reduced to pay for it.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

11. Polis (CO)

#11

Require the House to bring up, debate, and vote on bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7

12. Slaughter (NY)

#12

On page 2, beginning on line 6, strike “or any other related provision of law,”

Failed by a Record Vote of 4 to 7