H. Res. 473: H.R. 3219 – Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018 (Legislative Branch, MilCon-VA, and Energy and Water Appropriations Amendments)

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 9-3 on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 232-192 AFTER ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 230-193 on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

MANAGERS: McGovern/Cole

115th Congress

1st Session

Rule

H. RES. 473

Report No. 115-259

 

H.R. 3219 - Make America Secure Appropriations Act, 2018

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides two hours of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
  4. Provides that an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-30 shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI.
  6. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report, amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution, and pro forma amendments described in section 4 of the resolution. Each amendment printed in the report may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.
  7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report or against amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution.
  8. Provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the report not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.
  9. Provides that the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their respective designees may offer up to 20 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate.
  10. Provides that no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the House.
  11. Section 6 of the rule provides that during consideration of H.R. 3219, it shall not be in order to use a decrease in Overseas Contingency Operations funds to offset an amendment that increases an appropriation not designated as Overseas Contingency Operations funds or vice versa, but does not apply to amendments between the Houses.

 

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3219) making appropriations for the Department of Defense for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed two hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. An amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 115-30 shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. Points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived.

Sec. 2.(a) No further amendment to the bill shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution, and pro forma amendments described in section 4 of this resolution. (b) Each further amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 4 of this resolution, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. (c) All points of order against further amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules or against amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution are waived.

Sec. 3. It shall be in order at any time for the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of. Amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 4 of this resolution, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

Sec. 4. During consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their respective designees may offer up to 20 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate.

Sec. 5. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this resolution, the Committee of the Whole shall rise without motion. No further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the House.

Sec. 6. (a) During consideration of H.R. 3219, it shall not be in order to consider an amendment proposing both a decrease in an appropriation designated pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and an increase in an appropriation not so designated, or vice versa.

(b) This paragraph shall not apply to an amendment between the Houses. 

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Amendments to Division B (Legislative Branch)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Connolly (VA)

#18

(REVISED) Increases funding for the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

(10 minutes)

2. Love (UT)

#4

Expands the permissible uses of MRA funds that have been designated for Member security to include residential security systems that do not constitute structural improvements to Members’ homes.

(10 minutes)

3. Kildee (MI)

#33

(LATE) (REVISED) Increases the House Wounded Warrior Program by $250,000. This program provides wounded veterans with employment opportunities with the House of Representatives.

(10 minutes)

4. Perry (PA)

#26

Reduces the appropriation to the Congressional Budget Office.

(10 minutes)

5. Griffith (VA), Jordan (OH), Meadows (NC), Perry (PA)

#19

Eliminates the Budget Analysis Division of the Congressional Budget Office and transfers the duties of that division to the Office of the Director of CBO.

(10 minutes)

6. Cicilline (RI)

#22

(REVISED) Increases funds in order to provide designated baby changing stations for members of the public who visit publicly accessible buildings controlled by the Architect of the Capitol, including in both male and female publicly accessible bathrooms

(10 minutes)

7. Takano (CA), Esty (CT), Foster (IL), Langevin (RI), Lieu (CA), Lujan (NM)

#15

(REVISED) Appropriates $2.5 million to re-institute the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), offset from funds from the Architect of the Capitol’s Capital Construction and Operations Account.

(10 minutes)

8. SheaPorter (NH)

#7

Prohibits the use of funds from Members Representational Allowances to mail any unsolicited mass mailing larger than the size of a standard US postcard.

(10 minutes)

9. Russell (OK), Jayapal (WA)

#10

Prohibits the printed distribution of the Federal Register to House offices, unless an office requests a printed copy.

(10 minutes)

10. Blackburn (TN)

#20

Provides 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 the Sergeant At Arms shall not be reduced. Amendments to Division C (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

(10 minutes)

 

Amendments to Division C (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs)

11. Bergman (MI)

#27

(REVISED) Amendment reduces the Veterans Benefits Administration’s General Operating Expenses account by $30,000,000 and increases the Information Technology Systems Development, Modernization, and Enhancement account by the Same amount.

(10 minutes)

12. Barr (KY)

#46

(LATE) Transfers $5 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs General Administration account to the VA’s Equine Assisted Therapy Grant Program.

(10 minutes)

13. Green, Al (TX)

#47

(LATE) (REVISED) Increases Homeless Veteran Treatment by $70 million, and decreases General expenses account by $70 million.

(10 minutes)

14. Kihuen (NV)

#12

Cuts and restores funding for medical services in the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to emphasize the responsibility of the Department Veterans Affairs to provide services to veterans and maintain health care clinics in rural communities.

(10 minutes)

15. Beyer (VA)

#25

Requires Vet Centers develop a program to partner with organizations that provide outdoor experiences for veterans as part of a continuum of care that helps support veterans in developing a community of support to treat combat-related injuries.

(10 minutes)

16. Lujan Grisham (NM), Lujan (NM)

#28

Prioritizes funding for hiring more doctors, nurses, and medical staff at VA medical centers.

(10 minutes)

17. Norcross (NJ)

#33

Specifies $5 million of funds for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) research for the purpose of studying the issues affecting veterans with PTSD and an opioid dependency.

(10 minutes)

18. Keating (MA)

#39

Directs the VA to create an opioid abuse healthcare kit for community healthcare providers.

(10 minutes)

19. Nadler (NY), Cicilline (RI)

#3

Strikes Section 512 which prohibits DOD from constructing or expanding facilities in the US to house detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

(10 minutes)

20. Ratcliffe (TX), Shuster (PA)

#2

Prohibits funds from being used to propose, plan, or execute a new round of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC).

(10 minutes)

21. Brat (VA), Titus (NV), Poe (TX), Khanna (CA), Mast (FL), Lieu (CA)

#6

Prohibits the Department of Veterans Affairs from spending money on a study that causes significant pain or distress to dogs. Clarifies that training programs or studies of service dogs are not included in the ban on funding.

(10 minutes)

22. Jackson Lee (TX)

#4

(REVISED) Increases the amount of funding for Supportive Services for Veterans Families by $2 million offset by a reduction of a $2.5 million in the funding for the VA's Information Technology Systems.

(10 minutes)

23. King, Steve (IA)

#40

Ensures that no funds are used to implement, administer, or enforce the Davis-Bacon Act.

(10 minutes)

24. Dunn (FL)

#14

(REVISED) Prohibits funding to award bonuses to senior executive service employees within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

(10 minutes)

25. Jackson Lee (TX)

#5

(REVISED) Prohibits the use of funds in contravention of the U.S. Code regarding benefits for homeless veterans in training and outreach programs.

(10 minutes)

26. Connolly (VA)

#24

(REVISED) Prohibits the use of funds for charging homeless veterans a fee to obtain a veterans identification card. Amendments to Division D (Energy and Water)

(10 minutes)

 

Amendments to Division D (Energy and Water)

27. Bergman (MI)

#47

(REVISED) Increases the Investigations account under the Army Corps of Engineers by $1,000,000 and reduces Army Corps Expenses by the same amount.

(10 minutes)

28. Velázquez (NY)

#61

Changes the number of studies from 5 to 4 where the majority of the benefits are derived from navigation transportation savings or from flood and storm damage reduction and change the number of studies from 1 to 2 where the majority of benefits are derived from environmental restoration.

(10 minutes)

29. Lujan (NM), Lujan Grisham (NM)

#43

Provides $10 million for environmental infrastructure for authorized reimbursements for projects with executed project cooperation agreements that have completed construction or where non-federal sponsors intend to use the funds for additional water resources development activities.

(10 minutes)

30. Welch (VT)

#79

Funds the following projects at the authorized level of $10M: section 1177 of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (PL 114-322) authorized efforts to construct control gates, spillways, and dam safety improvements for aging flood control reservoirs built by the Army Corps of Engineers.

(10 minutes)

31. Rooney, Francis (FL)

#44

Reduces the Energy Information Administration by $118,000,000 and increase the Corps of Engineers Construction account by the same amount.

(10 minutes)

32. Mast (FL)

#50

Increases Aquatic Plant Control Research Program by $500,000.00 and aims to (1) provide science-based guidance on developing or using new technologies for managing, preventing, and monitoring aquatic invasive species; (2) improve the efficacy and diversity of available management options; (3) reduce the impacts of aquatic invasive species on federally listed (threatened and endangered) species; (4) reduce operations and maintenance costs associated with aquatic invasive species management; and (5) develop solutions regarding these species based on field needs.

(10 minutes)

33. Curbelo (FL)

#83

(LATE) Increases funding within the Construction account for Army Corps Environmental Infrastructure by $45,000,000 and decreases the Construction account by $45,000,000

(10 minutes)

34. Nolan (MN)

#90

(LATE) (REVISED) Increases the Army Corps’ Operation and Maintenance budget by $325,000 with the intention to provide more funding for the Aquatic Nuisance Control Research program currently funded at $675,000.

(10 minutes)

35. Heck, Denny (WA)

#77

Provides funding for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study on the extent to which the agency has used low impact development to comply with Sec. 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-140).

(10 minutes)

36. Mitchell (MI)

#35

Reduces by 10% the general administrative expense accounts of the USACE, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of the Interior, and Department of Energy. Transfers the savings to the Spending Reduction Account.

(10 minutes)

37. Beyer (VA), Esty (CT)

#4

Strikes section 108 on page 277, line 12, which authorizes the Administrator of the EPA and the Secretary of the Army to withdraw the WOTUS rule without regard to any provision of statue or regulation that establishes a requirement for such withdrawal.

(10 minutes)

38. Castor (FL)

#23

(REVISED) Increases funding for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $177,000,000 and reduce funding for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $355,000,000.

(10 minutes)

39. Norcross (NJ)

#53

(REVISED) Adds $161.725 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for research and development to advance energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

(10 minutes)

40. Quigley (IL), Polis (CO), Lee, Barbara (CA), Blumenauer (OR), Garamendi (CA)

#21

Cuts $921 million from the Department of Energy nuclear weapons activities account and add $921 million to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE).

(10 minutes)

41. Polis (CO)

#68

Increases funds for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $986,292,000 (to FY17 level) and decrease funds for Fossil Energy Research and Development by $634,600,000 and reduce the National Nuclear Security Administration Weapons Activities account by $352,000,000.

(10 minutes)

42. McKinley (WV)

#34

(REVISED) Increases fossil energy funding to 2017 funding levels.

(10 minutes)

43. Perry (PA)

#80

Increases funding for EERE by $15,000,000 and decreases funding for Department of Energy departmental administration by $15,000,000.

(10 minutes)

44. Esty (CT), Rosen (NV)

#20

Increases funding to the Advanced Manufacturing Office within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy by $20 million by cutting $40 million from the Fossil Energy Research and Development. Additional funding will enable the research, development, and deployment of industrial efficiency and clean energy manufacturing technologies.

(10 minutes)

45. Larson, John (CT), Esty (CT)

#56

Increases funding for EERE Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies program.

(10 minutes)

46. Bonamici (OR)

#8

Increases funding for the water power program by $9 million.

(10 minutes)

47. Takano (CA)

#41

Restores the Energy Innovation Hubs in the Office of Science, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, and Nuclear Energy.

(10 minutes)

48. DeSaulnier (CA)

#65

(REVISED) Restores $1.2 million in funding for the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program.

(10 minutes)

49. Jackson Lee (TX)

#10

Redirects $1 million in funding within the Departmental Administration account in order to address environmental concerns in both urban and rural settings.

(10 minutes)

50. Lujan Grisham (NM), Lujan (NM)

#49

(REVISED) Prioritizes funding for the construction of facilities that NNSA needs to meet its mission.

(10 minutes)

51. Foster (IL)

#31

Reduces the NNSA Weapons Account by $10,000,000 and increases the account by the same amount, to be used to fight bioterror.

(10 minutes)

52. Garamendi (CA)

#59

Reduces the Weapons Activities—Recapitalization— Infrastructure to the President’s Budget level and increases the Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation account by the same amount.

(10 minutes)

53. Rosen (NV)

#93

(LATE) Transfers to the Spending Reduction Account funding for Department of Energy disposal of defense nuclear waste, including acquisition of real property or facility construction/expansion.

(10 minutes)

54. Pingree (ME), Carbajal (CA), Bonamici (OR), Langevin (RI), Lowenthal (CA), Cicilline (RI), Schneider (IL)

#63

Strikes section 505 on page 325 that pertains to National Ocean Policy and Ocean Planning.

(10 minutes)

55. Kihuen (NV), Rosen (NV), Titus (NV)

#16

Strikes language that would prohibit closure of the Yucca Mountain project.

(10 minutes)

56. Jackson Lee (TX)

#30

Allocates an additional $3 million for post-disaster watershed assessment studies.

(10 minutes)

57. Jackson Lee (TX)

#29

Allocates an additional $100 million for Army Corps of Engineers construction projects related to flood control.

(10 minutes)

58. Jackson Lee (TX)

#9

Prohibits use of funds in contravention of the Department of Energy Organization Act and addresses the need to increase programs that educate minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.

(10 minutes)

59. Gosar (AZ)

#25

Prohibits the use of funds to prepare, propose, or promulgate any regulation or guidance related to the social cost of carbon.

(10 minutes)

60. DelBene (WA), Hunter (CA)

#6

Ensures the Army Corps of Engineers is using taxpayer dollars on American-made anchor chain.

(10 minutes)

61. Burgess (TX)

#5

States that limitation amendment pertaining to lightbulb energy efficiency regulations

(10 minutes)

62. Blackburn (TN)

#39

Provides for a one percent across the board cut to the discretionary spending levels in Division D of the bill.

(10 minutes)

63. Perry (PA)

#76

(REVISED) Prohibits the use of funds to implement or enforce the final rule published by the Secretary of Energy entitled "Energy Conservation Program: Test Procedures for Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps."

(10 minutes)

64. Rooney, Francis (FL), Budd (NC)

#45

Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement, administer, or enforce the prevailing wage requirements in subchapter IV of chapter 31 of title 40, United States Code (commonly referred to as the Davis-Bacon Act).

(10 minutes)

65. Rooney, Francis (FL)

#46

Prohibits the use of funds to be used to implement or enforce Executive Order 13502 (Use of Project Labor Agreements for Federal Construction Projects).

(10 minutes)

66. Stivers (OH)

#3

States that none of the funds made available by this division may be used for the Cape Wind Energy Project on the Outer Continental Shelf off Massachusetts, Nantucket Sound.

(10 minutes)

67. Gallagher (WI), Curbelo (FL)

#75

(REVISED) Provides $10,000,000 for ‘‘Department of Energy—Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability’’ for energy storage systems demonstrations as authorized by section 641 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and decreases The Department of Energy Departmental Administration by the same amount.

(10 minutes)

68. Brownley (CA), Napolitano (CA)

#12

States none of the funds made available by this Act may be used in contravention of section 2102 of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 or section 210 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986.

(10 minutes)

69. Davis, Rodney (IL), Bustos (IL)

#74

Makes no funds available to the Army Corps of Engineers (Civil Works) to require an economic reevaluation of any project authorized under title VIII of the Water Resources Development Act of 2007.

(10 minutes)

70. Mitchell (MI), Huizenga (MI)

#36

Ensures none of the funds in this act are used to delay the release of the USACE Great Lakes and Mississippi River Interbasin Study (GLMRIS) Brand Road Study.

(10 minutes)

71. Watson Coleman (NJ)

#97

(LATE) States that no funds in this bill may be used to implement the President's Executive Order on expedited environmental review for infrastructure projects from January 24, 2017.

(10 minutes)

72. DeSantis (FL)

#92

(REVISED) Prohibits funds from being used to pay the salary of the Director of Civil Works of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is a duplicative office.

(10 minutes)