H.R. 3183 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 3182Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

H.R. 3183

Amendments to H.R. 3182Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Sponsor
Rep. Ed Pastor

Date
July 15, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 3183 is being considered under a structured rule (H.Res. 645).  Each amendment is debatable for ten minutes.  The Rule also allows the chair to reduce vote lengths to two minutes and prohibits demands for a division of the question.  Under the Rule, only the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee may make a motion to rise and motions to strike the last word are prohibited.

Following the Democrat's decision to shut down the amendment process, the Rules Committee made in order a maximum of 21 amendments.  11 amendments are made in regular order under the Rule.   Up to 10 additional amendments (from a pool of 20) may be offered by Rep. Flake (R-AZ), Rep. Hensarling (R-TX) and Rep. Campbell (R-CA) or their designees.  In short, the Democrats are allowing only up to 21 amendments, many of which were designed to limit spending.

 

Amendments

Amendments Made in Order

 

Part A:  Amendments made in order under the Rule, which must be offered at the appropriate point in the reading of the bill.

1) Rep. Pastor (D-AZ):  The Manager's Amendment prohibits funds in the bill from being used for the purchase of any passenger car that is not manufactured by Ford, General Motors, or Chrysler.  The amendment would also prohibit funds from being made available for the purchase of light bulbs that are not "Energy Star" qualified or do not have the "Federal Energy Management Program" designation.

In addition, the amendment adjusts funding levels in the bill as follows.

•  Increases funds for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) regulatory program by $1.8 million.

•  Reduces funds for USACE expenses by $10.8 million.

•  Increases funds for Department of Energy (DoE) energy efficiency and renewable energy account by $45 million for the Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and Infrastructure Technologies program.

•  Reduces funds for the DoE electricity delivery and energy reliability account by $15 million.

•  Reduces funds for the DoE Departmental Administration account by $30 million.

•  Increases funding for the Northern Border Regional Commission by $2.5 million.  The commission provides grants for regional community development in the Northeastern U.S.

•  Reduces funds for the "Other Defense Activities" account by $2.5 million.  The account funds the purchase, construction, and acquisition of plant and capital equipment and other expenses for atomic energy defense.

2) Rep. Connolly (D-VA)Increases funding for USACE construction by $7 million and reduces funds for USACE expenses by the same amount.  According to the sponsor's office, the funds would be used for the USACE's Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration program.

3) Rep. Wamp (R-TN)/Davis (D-TN) Increases funds for USACE construction by $14 million and reduces funds for USACE expenses by the same amount.

4) Rep. Hastings (R-WA)Makes $5 million in funds appropriated for the Bureau of Reclamation available to implement the installation of hydroelectric facilities identified in a report authorized under the Energy and Policy Act of 2005.

5) Rep. Costa (D-CA)/ Rep. Cardoza (D-CA)Increases funding for the California Bay-Delta Restoration Program by $10 million and reduces funds for the Office of the Commission of the Bureau of Reclamation by the same amount.

6) Rep. Cardoza (D-CA)/ Rep. Costa (D-CA)Authorizes water transfers within the south-of-Delta Central Valley Project in California.  The amendment also requires the Department of Interior to revise, finalize, and implement a draft recovery plan for the Giant Garter Snake. 

7) Rep. Boren (D-OK)Increases funds for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account for the vehicles technology program by $5 million and reduces funds for the DoE's Departmental Administration by the same amount.

8) Rep. Miller (R-MI)Increases funds for the Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy account by $10 million for the Water Power Program and reduces funding for the DoE's Departmental Administration by the same amount.

9) Rep. Heinrich (D-NM)Authorizes national security laboratories to dedicate 7 percent of each lab's budget to Laboratory Directed Research and Development.  According to the sponsor's office, the Laboratory Directed Research and Development allows laboratories to pursue high-risk, high-reward research to support energy and homeland security priorities.  Under the legislation, national security laboratories may dedicate 6 percent of their budgets to Laboratory Directed Research and Development.

10) Rep. Cao (R-LA)Reduces the amount of time for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to provide a report to Congress regarding streamlined issuance of construction for new nuclear reactors from 90 days to 60 days.

11) Rep. Blackburn (R-TN)Cuts all funding in the bill by 5 percent.

Part B:  One of the following three amendments may be offered by Rep. Campbell or his designee.

1) Rep. Campbell (R-CA)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Institute for Environmental Stewardship and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1 million.

2) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Housatonic River Net-Zero Energy Building and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1 million.

3) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the South Jersey Wind Turbines project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

Part C:  Up to six of the following 12 amendments may be offered by Rep. Flake or his designee.

1) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Maret Center project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1.5 million.

2) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Running Springs Retreat Center Solar Upgrade and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1 million.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1 million.

4) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Ethanol from Agriculture project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

5) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Fort Mason Center Pier 2 Project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $2 million.

6) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Prototyping and Development of Commercial Nano-crystalline Thin Film Silicon for Photovoltaic Manufacturing project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

7) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Institute for the Energy and the Environment at Vermont Law School project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $450,000.

8) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Henderson Solar Energy Project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

9) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Green Roof Demonstration Project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $600,000.

10) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Whitworth University Stem Equipment project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $300,000.

11) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Boston Architectural College's Urban Sustainable Initiative project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1.6 million.

12) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Today's Leaders for a Sustainable Tomorrow: A Sustainable Energy Program and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1.5 million.

Part D:  Up to three of the following five amendments may be offered by Rep. Hensarling or his designee.

1) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Energy Conservation and Efficiency Upgrade of HVAC project in New York and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

2) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Pier 36 removal project in California and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $6.2 million.

3) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Ohio River Greenway Public Access in Indiana and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $2 million.

4) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Automated Remote Electric and Water Meters in South River project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

5) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Hospital Lighting Retrofit project in Illinois and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.