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House Advances Conference Report to Fight the Zika Virus, Fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

2016/06/23

The House today approved the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act final Conference Report (House Report 114-640). The legislation now needs to be approved by the Senate, before heading to the President’s desk for final approval.

In total, the legislation provides $82.5 billion in discretionary funding – $2.6 billion above the fiscal year 2016 level – for the fiscal year 2017 Military and Veterans Affairs Appropriations section of the bill. This includes funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide housing and services to military families, and help maintain base infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs.

In addition, the Conference Report includes $1.1 billion for domestic and international efforts to fight the Zika virus and prevent it from spreading. Approximately $750 million of these funds are offset to save taxpayer dollars. Unlike the Administration’s request that allowed overly broad authority for federal agencies to use Zika dollars with little accountability, this legislation places tight controls and oversight on spending to ensure that every dollar is being used appropriately.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, the Chair of the Conference Committee, gave the following statement regarding the agreement today:

“I am proud this legislation was approved by the House today. It is the result of hard-fought but productive negotiations, and it is a balanced bill that my colleagues on both sides of the aisle can and should support.

“This conference report is an effective, responsible approach to addressing the Zika crisis. It will get money out the door immediately to help stop the spread of the virus and respond to the ever-growing number of cases within our borders and around the globe. It is does so responsibly, offsetting $750 million of these funds and placing strong oversight controls on the use of every dollar.

“Just as importantly, the Conference Report contains funding for military construction and veterans benefits programs at $82.5 billion – an increase of $2.6 billion above current levels. This underscores our commitment to providing the defense infrastructure our troops and their families need, and to fulfilling our promises to our veterans once they have completed their service.

“This legislation epitomizes the priorities that this entire Congress can and should get behind. I urge the Senate to approve it quickly, so it can be signed into law as soon as possible.”

For a summary of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs portion of the Conference Report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/06.22.16_-_FY_2017_Military_Construction_VA_Conference_Report_-_Summary

For a summary of the Zika Prevention and Response portion of the Conference Report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/06.22.16_Zika_Conference_Report_-_Summary.pdf

For the text of the legislation, please visit:

http://docs.house.gov/billsthisweek/20160620/CRPT-114HRPT-HR2577.pdf

 

 

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Conference Committee Agrees on Bill to Fight the Zika Virus, Fund Military Construction and Veterans Affairs

2016/06/23

A joint House and Senate Conference Committee today submitted the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act (H.R. 2577) final Conference Report. The legislation will now head to the House floor for final approval.

In total, the legislation provides $82.5 billion in discretionary funding – $2.6 billion above the fiscal year 2016 level – for the fiscal year 2017 Military and Veterans Affairs Appropriations section of the bill. This includes funding to house, train, and equip military personnel, provide housing and services to military families, and help maintain base infrastructure. The bill also funds veterans’ benefits and programs.

In addition, the Conference Report includes $1.1 billion for domestic and international efforts to fight the Zika virus and prevent it from spreading. Approximately $750 million of these funds are offset to save taxpayer dollars. Unlike the Administration’s request that allowed overly broad authority for federal agencies to use Zika dollars with little accountability, this legislation places tight controls and oversight on spending to ensure that every dollar is being used appropriately.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, the Chair of the Conference Committee, gave the following statement regarding the agreement today.

“This is a solid agreement that will adequately and effectively fund resources for our troops and their families, our veterans, and to fight and prevent the spread of the Zika virus. It is the product of careful and thorough deliberations between the House and the Senate, and reflects a responsible compromise that can and should be signed into law.

“Mosquito season is upon us; these dollars must get out the door now to help control the spread of the Zika virus, and continue longer-term efforts to stop this disease, such as vaccine and treatment development and deployment.

“And the Military-Construction and Veterans Affairs portion of the agreement is critical legislation to fund the infrastructure and services our active-duty troops and their families need, and to fulfill our commitment to those who have fought and sacrificed for our nation.

“While providing these funds, this agreement contains strong oversight measures and spending controls to ensure every dollar is well and effectively spent, and that federal agencies are accountable to the people.

“This is responsible, necessary, bicameral legislation that I am pleased to have approved today. I urge its quick consideration and support of all my colleagues – both across the aisle and across the Capitol.”

The full text of the legislation will be posted on http://docs.house.gov later this evening.

For a summary of the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs portion of the Conference Report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/06.22.16_-_FY_2017_Military_Construction_VA_Conference_Report_-_Summary.pdf

For a summary of the Zika Prevention and Response portion of the Conference Report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/06.22.16_Zika_Conference_Report_-_Summary.pdf

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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Homeland Security Bill

2016/06/22

The House Appropriations Committee today approved its proposed fiscal year 2017 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill. The bill targets critical programs such as aviation security, border and immigration enforcement, customs activities, the protection against cyberterrorism, natural disaster response, and efforts to stop the smuggling of drugs and people into the U.S.

In total, the legislation directs $41.1 billion in discretionary funding for DHS, an increase of $100 million (0.25 percent) above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $432 million above the President’s budget request. In addition, the bill includes $7.3 billion – the same as the President’s request – for disaster relief and emergency response activities through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Now, more than ever, we need to remain vigilant in the protection of our homeland. New threats to our people and way of life emerge every day, and the difficult challenges along our borders continue,” Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This legislation makes responsible investments in the programs that keep Americans and communities safe, that empower law enforcement officers to enforce our laws, and that enable first responders to react effectively when either man-made or natural disasters strike.”

Homeland Security Subcommittee Chairman John Carter also commented on the bill.

“Protecting the homeland is my priority, and this funding bill provides our frontline personnel the tools they need to do that. This bill secures our border, funds detention operations, and provides critical funding to protect our cyber networks,” said Chairman Carter. “In addition, it directs the Transportation Security Agency to conduct a critical assessment of its operations and requirements to handle increased passenger traffic while enhancing aviation security. It also includes steps to block the President’s attempts at rewriting our laws through executive order, and instructs our agencies to uphold the law of the land.”

The following amendments to the bill were approved by the full committee today:

Rep. Carter – The amendment made technical and other noncontroversial changes and additions to the report. The Manager’s amendment also includes an additional $49 million for the FEMA “Countering Violent Extremism/Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attacks” state and local grant program, and requires the Secretary to submit a report on the assessment used by DHS to determine grant allocations to high-risk urban areas.  The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Aderholt – The amendment restates current law prohibiting federal funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to provide for abortions, except in certain life-threatening cases, rape, and incest. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-15.

Rep. Harris – The amendment allows returning non-agriculture temporary workers (H2B workers) who have previously been a part of the program in the prior three years to not be counted towards the FY17 H2B cap. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Culberson – The amendment requires ICE to detain Priority 1 and Priority 2 illegal aliens. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Amodei – The amendment adds bill language to expand the Public Private Partnership program – allowing up to five ports of entry to pay the salaries of up to five Customs and Border Protection officers. Current law only allows for overtime to be paid. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

The bill was approved on a voice vote.

 

For a summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394583

 

For the bill report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-hsecurity.pdf

 

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-HSecurity-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

 

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Appropriations Committee Releases Fiscal Year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Bill

2016/06/22

The House Appropriations Committee today released the fiscal year 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow.

The legislation targets funding to U.S. foreign policy priorities, including programs that will address instability around the world. The bill focuses funding on the protection of American embassies and consulates, and support for the security of U.S. allies and partners – particularly those in strategic and vulnerable areas, including countries in the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and European countries facing Russian aggression. The bill also provides critical humanitarian aid to war-torn and impoverished areas around the globe and dedicates funds to address health threats overseas before they reach the United States. In addition, the legislation contains strong oversight measures and reductions to nonessential or lower-priority international programs to protect and save taxpayer dollars.

In total, the bill provides $52 billion in both regular discretionary and Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding. This total is $595 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $691 million below the President’s request for these programs. Within this amount, OCO funding totals $14.9 billion, equal to the fiscal year 2016 enacted level, which will support operations and assistance in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and other areas of conflict and instability around the globe. 

“Radical ideologies and threats to the American way of life continue to emerge around the globe, and it is essential that the United States continue a robust, multi-pronged plan to fight our enemies. This must include a strong national defense, increased homeland security, and effective diplomatic strategies,” Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “This bill will responsibly fund our security and diplomatic activities to advance this goal, provide support to our allies, and ultimately make our world safer and more humane.”

State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee Chairwoman Kay Granger said:

“In an increasingly dangerous and rapidly changing world, this national security bill prioritizes programs to ensure the security of the United States and our allies. ISIL and other terrorist organizations are a constant threat to Americans and our way of life. At the same time, we see Iran providing support to terrorists, China attempting to expand its territory, Russia continuing to take an aggressive posture toward its neighbors, and North Korea behaving in a dangerously unpredictable way. That is why we must use all the tools we have available to assert American leadership – through a strong national defense, as well as by supporting effective diplomatic and development programs,” Chairwoman Granger said. “This bill prioritizes funding for embassy security, democracy assistance, our strategic partners such as Israel, Jordan, and Ukraine, and life-saving health and humanitarian programs. Further, the bill spends less than last year by terminating or scaling back lower-priority programs and redirects those funds to higher priorities that promote our national security.”

Bill Summary:

State Department Operations and Related Agencies – The bill contains a total of $16.1 billion in base and OCO funding for the operational costs of the State Department and related agencies, as well as diplomacy efforts to enhance peace and stability around the globe. This is a decrease of $182 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $772 million below the request.

Within this amount, the legislation provides the full amount requested for embassy security at $6.1 billion – $455 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level. These funds will address needs at more than 275 diplomatic facilities overseas, including facility upgrades and security personnel as recommended in the Benghazi Accountability Review Board report.

To meet these and other needs, the bill reduces funding for assessed payments to the United Nations (UN) and international organizations by $611 million compared to the fiscal year 2016 enacted level.

International Security Assistance – The bill provides a total of $9.1 billion in base and OCO funding for international security assistance. This is $200 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $980 million above the President’s request.

Funds are included for international narcotics control and law enforcement activities, antiterrorism programs, nonproliferation programs, peacekeeping operations, and other critical international security efforts.

$420 million is included for antiterrorism programs, with a focus on assisting partners in the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and other terrorist groups. The bill also provides funds to help prevent devastating attacks on Americans and our allies and partners around the world through programs that fight illicit financing networks, bolster border and airport security, and stem the flow of foreign fighters joining terrorist groups.

In addition, the legislation provides security assistance to key allies and partners, including fully funding the $3.1 billion commitment to Israel. The bill rejects the reductions proposed by the President for Foreign Military Financing programs for Ukraine, Jordan, and Tunisia – continuing current levels. The bill also maintains robust funding for counter-narcotics and law enforcement efforts in Colombia, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. 

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Operations – The bill contains $1.6 billion for USAID and the USAID Office of Inspector General – an increase of $33 million above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $122 million below the request. This funding supports the proper management and oversight of development programs that provide stability in volatile regions and enhance U.S. presence in critical and strategic areas.

Bilateral Assistance – The legislation contains a total of $24.2 billion in base and OCO funding for bilateral assistance to foreign countries – an increase of $104 million from the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $149 million above the request. Within this amount, programs that support development assistance, global health, and humanitarian assistance are prioritized.

Refugee funding is maintained at the fiscal year 2016 level of $3.1 billion. Within that amount, the refugee admissions program is returned to the fiscal year 2015 level, and funding is redirected to overseas refugee programs.

In addition, the legislation rejects the President’s proposed reductions to programs that will help eradicate polio, combat tuberculosis, and provide clean water and sanitation. The bill also includes a $200 million dedicated funding stream to promote global health security and address health threats overseas.

Multilateral Assistance – The legislation provides $1.7 billion for assistance to foreign countries through international organizations and banks, a cut of $877 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $876 million below the President’s request.

In addition to prohibiting funding for the Green Climate Fund, the bill does not fund debt relief, the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

Increased Oversight, Savings, and Policy Provisions – The bill continues robust requirements to increase program oversight, improve management, and tighten the reins on taxpayer dollars. Some of these provisions include:   

  • Modernizing security assistance – The bill includes not less than $5 million to reform programs that assist the militaries of our allies and partners, including those engaged in the fight against ISIL, to ensure they receive assistance in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Records management – To address problems with record-keeping, transparency, and responsiveness at the State Department and USAID, the bill:
    • Prohibits funds to use private email accounts or servers;
    • Fully funds the request to ensure that Freedom of Information Act requests receive responses in a timely manner; and
    • Withholds $10 million until the State Department submits updates on records management requirements in Inspector General and other reports.
  • Guantanamo Bay – The bill requires a notification to Congress if the State Department commits to providing assistance to foreign governments that accept Guantanamo detainees. Additionally, the bill requires regular reporting to Congress on any negotiations related to detainee transfers.
  • Assistance to Foreign Governments and Local Organizations – The bill requires certain conditions to be met before the Administration can give funds directly to foreign governments and local organizations.
  • Multi-Year Funding Commitments – The legislation includes congressional oversight requirements before the Administration can make multi-year funding commitments to foreign countries or international organizations.
  • UN Reform – The bill provides no funding for the Human Rights Council unless the Secretary of State determines that it is in the national security interest and the Council stops its anti-Israel agenda. The bill also prohibits funds for UN organizations headed by countries that support terrorism, and withholds a portion of funds for the UN and international organizations until financial audits are fully accessible to the public and whistleblower protections are in place. No funds are provided for major construction projects for the UN. 
  • Afghanistan – The recommendation includes conditions on assistance for transparency, accountability, and other requirements, including prohibiting funds for new major infrastructure projects. 
  • Pakistan – The legislation withholds economic and security assistance unless the Government of Pakistan cooperates with the United States on counterterrorism efforts and other issues. 
  • Egypt – The bill provides economic and security assistance if Egypt sustains its strategic partnership with the United States and adheres to the peace treaty with Israel.
  • Palestinian Authority (PA) –The bill maintains restrictions on the PA, including prohibiting funding if there is a Palestinian government formed through an agreement with Hamas or if the Palestinians are not acting to counter incitement. The bill also includes a provision restricting Palestinians’ representation in the U.S. if they initiate or actively support an International Criminal Court investigation against Israel.
  • Ukraine and other former Soviet Union States/Central and Eastern Europe – The bill maintains the fiscal year 2016 level ($930 million) in economic aid to countries in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, which will help countries such as Ukraine to respond to instability caused by Russian aggression. The bill includes up to $663 million for Ukraine.
  • Syria – The bill allows funds to be used only for non-lethal aid. Oversight and vetting of recipients is required, and Congress must be notified before any funds are made available.

  • Arms Trade Treaty – The legislation prohibits funding to implement the UN Arms Trade Treaty.
  • Coal – The bill overrides the anti-coal regulations of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Export-Import Bank, and World Bank, and allows the financing of coal-fired and other power generation projects by U.S. companies overseas. This provision will bolster U.S. job creation and ensure quality, cost-effective technology for developing and other nations.

Protecting Life – The bill supports important policy provisions to ensure the respect for life around the globe. For example, the bill:

  • Reinstates the Mexico City Policy, a policy prohibiting U.S. assistance to foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote or perform abortions;
  • Prohibits funding for UNFPA, and caps family planning and reproductive health programs at $461 million, the fiscal year 2008 funding level; and
  • Maintains longstanding pro-life riders, including the “Tiahrt Amendment,” which ensures family planning programs are voluntary; the “Helms Amendment,” which bans foreign aid from being spent on abortions; and the “Kemp-Kasten Amendment,” which prohibits funds to organizations the President determines to support coercive abortion or involuntary sterilization.

For the draft subcommittee text of the FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-StateForOp-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

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House Passes FY 2017 Defense Appropriations Bill

2016/06/16

The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the fiscal year 2017 Defense Appropriations bill. The legislation funds critical national security needs, including military operations and readiness programs, as well as health and quality-of-life programs for our troops and military families.

The legislation meets the overall defense spending limits set by law for fiscal year 2017, providing $517.1 billion in discretionary funding – an increase of $3 billion above the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $587 million below the President’s budget request. The bill also provides $58.6 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)/Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) funding – the level allowed under current law. Following the lead of the House-passed National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, the legislation targets approximately $16 billion of this OCO/GWOT funding to meet needs within the base Pentagon budget.

“This bill fulfills the Congress’s most important responsibility – providing for the common defense. And it does so responsibly – funding those military needs that must be addressed now, planning and preparing for the future, and respecting the taxpayer by making commonsense budgeting decisions,” Chairman Hal Rogers said.

For a bill summary, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394520

For the text of the bill, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/bills/hr5293/BILLS-114hr5293rh.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

https://www.congress.gov/114/crpt/hrpt577/CRPT-114hrpt577.pdf

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RESCHEDULED -Subcommittee Markup - FY 2017 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

2016/06/16

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Subcommittee Markup - FY 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Bill

2016/06/16

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Chairman Rogers Statement on Republican Plan to Return the Power of the Purse to the People's House

2016/06/16

Today, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers made the following remarks on the House's unveiling of the report from the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority:

"Key to restoring Congress’s Constitutional Authority is reclaiming the power of the purse.

"Our Founding Fathers spelled it out clearly in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution: 'No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by law.'

"James Madison described this power of the purse as 'the most complete and effectual' way to obtain a 'redress of every grievance' and to carry 'into effect every just and salutary measure.'

"This is why it is critical that Congress retain – and tighten – its power over federal appropriations. It is one of our most basic duties and one of our greatest responsibilities.

"So how do we bring this power back into the hands of the people?

"First, Congress must pass all appropriations bills annually. Anything less cedes authority to the Executive Branch, undermining the principles of our Constitution.

"Both the House and the Senate must undertake internal reforms to remove any obstacles to passing these bills, including the 60-vote hurdle in the Senate.

"Next, we must address our nation’s real spending problem: uncontrollable, automatic, skyrocketing mandatory spending that makes up two-thirds of our budget. This can be done through overhauling the budget process to allow Congress to more effectively control spending on mandatory programs.

"Third, agencies and bureaucrats must be held accountable if they spend any dollar not specifically directed by Congress. Such actions are violations of federal law and must be treated as such. This also means bringing many outside agencies within the congressional appropriations and oversight process.

"And finally, we should aggressively and strategically use tools we already have – including limiting and conditioning funds – to enforce congressional intent.

"The recommendations of this task force will help reclaim the Constitutional power of the purse. It will make sure that elected Representatives – who are accountable to their people and who know the needs of their districts the best – are the ones to determine how federal funds are spent – not unelected bureaucrats.

"These recommendations will help improve the way Congress functions, give the American people more control over their tax dollars, and ultimately, form a more perfect union, as our Founding Fathers intended."

 

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Chairman Rogers Unveils Republican Plan to Return the Power of the Purse to the People’s House

2016/06/16

Today at an event in National Statuary Hall, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, alongside other House Republican leaders, unveiled an initiative to restore self-government and the separation of powers. This plan lays out our vision for a Confident America in which our government listens to the people and upholds the Constitution. 

This is the fourth plank of A Better Way, a bold agenda to tackle some of our country’s biggest challenges. Earlier, Republicans released initiatives on poverty, security, and the economy.

Our plan—available now at better.gop—offers a better way to do the people’s business, including ideas to:

  • Put a stop to executive overreach. Subject agencies to more scrutiny from a Congress that writes clear laws and enforces clear lines of authority, a judiciary that expedites legal action against the executive branch, watchdogs that have more power, and a public that knows what it has a right to know.
  • Rein in the regulators. Rewrite old rules so that regulations better reflect the will—and the input—of the people. Let’s make the bureaucrats jump through more hoops—and spend less money—for a change.
  • Impose new limits on spending. Give Congress and the people the most say—and the final word—over who is spending their money, what it’s being spent on, where it’s being spent, when it’s being spent, and why it’s being spent.
  • Increase transparency for taxpayers. Make the government catch up with the times and publish more data about how it does the people’s business. Sunlight really is the best disinfectant.

These ideas were developed by the Task Force on Restoring Constitutional Authority, which includes: Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY), Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), and Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Chairman Rogers made the following statement on the plan:

“Our Founding Fathers spelled it out clearly in Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution: ‘No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of Appropriations made by law.’ It is critical that Congress retain – and tighten – its power over federal appropriations. It is one of our most basic duties and one of our great responsibilities.

“The task force’s recommendations will help improve the way Congress functions, give the American people more control over their tax dollars, and ultimately, form a more perfect union, as our Founding Fathers intended.”

About A Better Way. A Better Way is a bold policy agenda to address some of the country’s biggest challenges. It takes our timeless principles—liberty, free enterprise, consent of the governed—and applies them to the problems of our time. Developed with input from around the country, it starts the debate now on what we can achieve in 2017 and beyond. It is our vision for a Confident America, at home and abroad. Now we are taking these ideas to the people, so you have a clear choice about the direction of the country. To learn more, visit better.gop.

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House and Senate Hold Joint Conference Committee on Bill to Fund Military Construction-Veterans Affairs and Zika Response

2016/06/15

The U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees met today in a joint Conference Committee on the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response appropriations bill (H.R. 2577).

The meeting is the official start to the conference, and members of the committee will now begin to negotiate the final legislation to be approved by both the House and Senate.

House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers, the Chair of the Conference Committee, gave the following statement at the meeting today:

“Thank you to everyone for being here today, our first formal Conference meeting since 2011. Granted, I would have liked more “regular order” and to have been at this table across from my good friends in the Senate many times over the last several years, but regardless, I’m glad we are here today.

“I look forward to starting the critical final work of funding our military infrastructure, veterans programs, and the vital efforts that will combat the spread of the dangerous Zika virus.

“I’d like to thank Ranking Member Lowey for all of her hard work so far this year. She has been a great partner and I appreciate her efforts to keep this process collegial and productive. As we begin conference negotiations on this bill, I know that we both have the best interests of the country in mind, and I look forward to continuing to work together as we advance this bill forward. 

“I also want to thank our Senate counterparts. Chairman Cochran, thank you for being here today. Your decades of experience and wide knowledge will bring a great benefit to this Conference, and it is a pleasure to be at the table with you once again.

“I’d also like to thank Ranking Member Mikulski. She and I have also been at a conference table together before, many times, and it is great to be with her here again today. As you all know she’s a tough lady, but has always been a solid partner when it comes to getting our work done.

“It is a testament to all of your leadership that we are all coming together in this conference to iron out our issues and send this legislation to the President’s desk. 

“Here, at the onset of this conference, I will state unequivocally that it is imperative that we complete our negotiations quickly. With mosquito season upon us, these Zika dollars must get out the door now to help control the spread of this disease. In addition, funds are needed immediately to continue longer term efforts to stop this disease, such as vaccine and treatment development and deployment.

“Just as significant is the Military-Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations legislation, which is one of the most important bills Congress considers every year. It funds the infrastructure and services our active duty troops and their families need, and fulfills our commitment to those who have fought and sacrificed for our nation – providing our Veterans with the health care and other benefits they deserve.

“As we start this Conference, it is also essential that we remain vigilant in our stewardship of the “power of the purse.” We must hold federal agencies accountable for each and every tax dollar they spend, ensure that they are acting within the bounds of the law and the direction of this body, and to continue to find savings wherever possible.

“It is in this vein – and in the vein of the tradition of this committee of working collegially and productively together – that I hope and expect we will conduct this conference.

“As I mentioned, time is of the essence. This conference can and should be completed in short order, so that we can get approval in both Chambers and send this legislation to the White House. So, I would urge that we get to work right away to resolve our differences as soon as possible.”

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Appropriations Committee Approves Fiscal Year 2017 Interior and Environment Bill

2016/06/15

The House Appropriations Committee today approved the fiscal year 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The legislation includes funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Forest Service, the Indian Health Service, and various independent and related agencies.

In total, the bill provides $32.1 billion, $64 million below the fiscal year 2016 enacted level and $1 billion below the President’s budget request. Included is $480 million to fully fund “Payments in Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) – which provides funds to local communities with federal land to help offset losses in property taxes – and $3.9 billion for the Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service to prevent and combat devastating wildfires. The bill also includes funding to help address the problem of lead in drinking water across the United States.

In addition, the legislation contains policy provisions to stop bureaucratic regulatory overreach that harm U.S. industries and hinder economic and job growth.

“This bill invests in federal programs to help address critical current needs and to guarantee a brighter future for our nation. These programs promote the responsible use of our natural resources, fight devastating wildfires, and improve the quality of life for families across the country,” House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers said. “Further, the bill reins in federal bureaucracy to stop many harmful and unnecessary regulations that destroy economic opportunity and kill jobs.”

 “Job creation and wage growth continue to be stifled because American job creators wake up every day worrying about what new regulation the Obama administration will issue next. The EPA’s overreach continues to cause economic harm, and this bill denies funding for more job-killing regulations while providing necessary resources to effective programs that actually improve the environment and protect our natural resources,” Interior Subcommittee Chairman Ken Calvert said. “In addition, I am pleased that the bill will once again provide increases for our incredible National Parks as they celebrate their Centennial this year, and continue progress on a functional Earthquake Early Warning System.”

The following amendments to the bill were adopted by the full committee today:

Rep. Calvert – The Manager’s amendment makes technical and noncontroversial changes to the bill and report. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Culberson – The amendment requires the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to complete two studies related to air quality standards prior to finalizing any rule to regulate such air emissions from offshore operations. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-16.

Rep. Simpson – The amendment adds bill language requiring the Bureau of Land Management to provide additional time for public comment before finalizing its proposed land management planning regulation. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. 

Rep. Stewart/Rep. Israel – The amendment adds bill language to simplify the process for federal agencies, states, and local governments to utilize wild horses and burros as work animals, as requested by the administration. It includes protections for horses or burros transferred through this process. The amendment was adopted in a voice vote.

Rep. Aderholt –The amendment changes bill language requiring that all iron and steel used in water infrastructure projects be sourced within the United States. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.Rep. Cole – The amendment reaffirms the status of lands taken into trust between 1934 and 2009 on behalf of federally recognized tribes. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Amodei – The amendment modifies bill language to address concerns with the Department of the Interior’s implementation of sage-grouse conservation plans.  The amendment was adopted on a vote of 29-20.

Rep. Yoder – The amendment adds bill language supporting the removal of the lesser prairie chicken from the threatened list, which has recently occurred, and to help prevent the species from being re-listed. The amendment was adopted on voice vote.

Rep. Fortenberry – The amendment adds bill language requiring the Indian Health Service (IHS) to establish governance boards at IHS-run hospitals to improve accountability. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote.

Rep. Valadao – The amendment adds language to the bill directing the use of existing regulatory flexibility to maximize water deliveries to areas of California  most hard-hit by the drought, and to maintain senior water rights, the longest holder of water rights in California, while protecting listed species under the Endangered Species Act. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 31-18.

 

Rep. Stewart – The amendment prohibits funding for the President to designate certain geographical areas as a national monument. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 27-22.

The bill was approved on a vote of 31-18.

For a summary of the bill, please visit: http://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=394564

For the text of the bill, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/UploadedFiles/BILLS-114HR-SC-AP-FY2017-Interior-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

For the bill report, please visit:

http://appropriations.house.gov/uploadedfiles/hrpt-114-hr-fy2017-interior.pdf

 

 

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Advisory: Conference Meeting to Consider House and Senate Amendments to H.R. 2577

2016/06/14

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees today announced that a conference committee meeting to consider the House and Senate Amendments to H.R. 2577 will be convened. The conference committee will address the Fiscal Year 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Appropriations Act. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers will preside as chair.

WHO:             House and Senate Appropriations Committee conferees to the FY 2017 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Zika Response Act Appropriations bill               

WHEN:          3 p.m., Wednesday, June 15

WHERE:       U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Visitor Center Room 212-210

Media should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time. Space is limited to one (1) per news organization. Members of the press should contact their respective media galleries for more information.

Webcast will be available on appropriations.house.gov and appropriations.senate.gov.

 

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Conference - House and Senate Amendments to H.R. 2577

2016/06/14

To consider: House and Senate Amendments to H.R. 2577 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2017 Interior and Environment Bill and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations

2016/06/08

To consider: Full Committee Markup of Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2017 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2017 Homeland Security Bill

2016/06/08

To consider: Full Committee Markup of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, FY 2017 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Bill and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations

2016/06/06

To consider: Full Committee Markup of Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill, FY 2017 and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2017 Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2017 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

2016/06/06

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2017 Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2017 Interior and Environment Appropriations Bill

2016/05/19

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2017 Read More

Subcommittee Markup - FY 2017 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill

2016/05/19

Purpose: Mark Up Appropriations Bill, FY 2017 Read More

Full Committee Markup - FY 2017 Commerce, Justice, and Science Bill, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Bill, and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations

2016/05/18

To consider: Full Committee Markup of Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, FY 2017, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill, FY 2017, and Report on the Revised Interim Suballocation of Budget Allocations for FY 2017 Read More

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Robert Aderholt

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John Carter

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