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Stimulus Floor Amendments in the House

January 27, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The House Committee on Rules has just concluded their epic hearing to lay out the ground rules for Wednesday’s debate of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Here is a complete list of the amendments that will receive votes on Wednesday by the full House of Representatives, as determined tonight by the Rules Committee (sponsors listed in brackets):

  • #178 – Would amend the aviation, highway, rail, and transit priority consideration and “use-it-or-lose-it” provisions to require that 50 percent of the funds be obligated within 90 days. [Rep. James Oberstar [D, MN-8]]

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  • #199 – Would require that the Secretary require, as a condition of receiving funding under Title XIII of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that the demonstration projects utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate, and would require that grants recipients utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards. [Rep. Edward Markey [D, MA-7]]

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  • #95 – Would clarify that federal funds received by States under the bill for highway maintenance shall not be used to replace existing funds in place for transportation projects. [Rep. William Shuster [R, PA-9]]

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  • #70 – Would increase transit capital funding by $3 billion. [Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D, NY-8], Rep. Peter DeFazio [D, OR-4], Rep. Daniel Lipinski [D, IL-3], Rep. Michael McMahon [D, NY-13], Rep. Keith Ellison [D, MN-5]]

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  • #109 – Would strike the appropriations provisions from the bill. [Rep. Randy Neugebauer [R, TX-19]]

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  • #172 – Would provide that job training funds may be used for broadband deployment and related activities provided in the bill. [Rep. Maxine Waters [D, CA-35]]

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  • #132 – Would strike funding for Amtrak. [Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]]

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  • #198 – Would expand the Berry Amendment Extension Act to include DHS to require the government to purchase uniforms for more than one hundred thousand uniformed employees from textile and apparel manufacturers. [Rep. Larry Kissell [D, NC-8]]

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  • #22 – Would insert the text of the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act (H.R. 985 in the 110th Congress) regarding protections for federal employees who report waste, fraud, and abuse. [Rep. Todd Platts [R, PA-19], Rep. Christopher Van Hollen [D, MD-8]]

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  • #89 – Would require that the Recovery.gov website contain links and other information on how to access job information created at or by entities receiving funding under the bill; including links to local employment agencies, state, local, and other public agencies receiving recovery funds, and private firms contracted to perform work funded by the bill. [Rep. Harry Teague [D, NM-2]]

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  • #195 – Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. (REVISED) Would strike everything after enacting clause and adds income tax rate deductions for bottom two income tax brackets, alternative minimum tax relief, small business deduction, bonus depreciation, small business expensing, expanded carryback of net operating losses, improved home buyer credit, unemployment benefit tax exemption, health insurance premium deduction, repeal of 3 percent withholding requirement for government contractors, extension of unemployment benefits, and a Sense of Congress against tax increases to offset outlays. [Rep. David Camp [R, MI-4], Rep. Eric Cantor [R, VA-7]]

These amendments will each get 10 minutes of debate (except the last one, which will get 60) and will be adopted to the bill if they receive a majority vote.

Also included in the rules package is a five-part amendment that will be considered adopted to the stimulus bill by the House when the package is approved. It removes a couple of items from the bill – family planning money, National Mall revitalization – that President Obama had personally asked congressional Democrats to remove because of GOP criticisms:

>The amendment (1) requires that not later than 45 days after the date of enactment, funds provided to any State or agency thereof, the Governor of the State, or the State legislature by means of a statement submitted by its leadership, shall certify that the State will request and use funds provided by this Act. Funding to the State will be for public and private entities within the State either by formula or at the State’s discretion; (2) waives the local matching requirements and the salary caps for the COPS hiring program in fiscal years 2009 and 2010; (3) designates $15 million for the Historic Preservation Fund within the National Park Service for the renovation and preservation of buildings on Historically Black Colleges and Universities campuses and waives the institutional match for projects under this provision; (4) strikes funding for the National Mall Revitalization Fund; and (5) strikes section 5004 regarding family planning.

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