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Senate Stimulus Amendments

February 3, 2009 - by Donny Shaw

The Senate begins voting on amendments to the stimulus package today. CQ Politics seems to have the most info right now on what’s coming to a vote.

Just wanted to get this link up here for now… I’ll update in a bit.

UPDATE: Okay, this is very rough, but I’ve got a quick rundown of the Senate stimulus amendments that were introduced yesterday in printed in the Congressional Record.

  • Amdt 99 (Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA]) – Establishes a bipartisan Joint Select Committee on Economic Recovery. The committee would be in charge of conducting “continuing oversight over the implementations of this Act with a particular focus on (A) the success of this Act in creating jobs; and (B) any instances of waste, fraud, and abuse in programs funded by this Act.” They would be required to report back to Congress every 3 months.

  • Amdt 100 (Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA], Sen. George Voinovich [R, OH]) – “ASSISTANCE FOR COSTS OF DISTRIBUTING BONUS COMMODITIES.” “The purposes of this section are (1) to encourage States and food assistance agencies to accept commodities acquired by the Secretary of Agriculture for farm support and surplus removal activities; and (2) to offset the costs of the States and food assistance agencies for the intrastate transportation, storage, and distribution of the commodities.”

  • Amdt 101 (Sen. Arlen Specter [R, PA]) – On page 129, line 10, strike “$2,700,000,000” and insert “$9,200,000,000” [funds for the NIH “Office of the Director”]. On page 129, line 11, strike “$1,350,000,000” and insert “$7,850,000,000.” [this is an increase in the amount of funding directed to the “Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health and to the Common Fund established under section 402A©(1) of the Public Health Service Act”].

Provided further, That funding used for section 2301©(3)(E) of the Act shall also be available to redevelop demolished, blighted, or vacant properties, including those damaged or destroyed in areas subject to a disaster declaration by the President under title IV of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.):"

On page 194, beginning on line 22, strike “$637,875,000” and all that follows through “equipment):” on line 13 and insert: “$757,875,000, to remain available until September 30, 2013, of which $84,100,000 shall be for child development centers; $481,000,000 shall be for warrior transition complexes; $42,400,000 shall be for health and dental clinics (including acquisition, construction, installation, and equipment); and $120,000,000 shall be for the Secretary of the Army to carry out at least three pilot projects to use the private sector for the acquisition or construction of military unaccompanied housing for all ranks and locations in the United States:”. [boosts military construction funds for the army; adds the section about pilot programs to acquire “military unaccompanied housing” through the private sector].

  • Amdt 105 (Sen. Robert Casey [D, PA]) – requires “the inspector general of each agency that receives funds appropriated under this Act” to “submit reports on the oversight activities of that inspector general with respect to such funds to the Government Accountability Office” so that the Comptroller General can submit reports to Congress containing “a summary of the oversight activities of the offices of inspectors general” and “an evaluation of the effectiveness of” the stimulus.

Again, I apologize for this being so ugly and inconsistent. Time is of the essence as votes on these are taking place this afternoon. All page numbers in the amendments refer to the Senate stimulus version released as a .pdf yesterday.

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