H.R. 3288 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 3288 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

H.R. 3288

Amendments to H.R. 3288 - Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

Date
July 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 3288, the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of FY 2010 on Thursday, July 23, 2009, under a structured rule making 23 amendments in order.  Under the rule (H.Res. 669), each amendment is debatable for ten minutes.  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 23 amendments.  14 amendments are made in regular order under the rule.  Up to 9 additional amendments (from a pool of 16) may be offered by Rep. Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Hensarling (R-TX) or their designees.  In short, the Democrats are allowing only up to 23 of 85 amendments-many of which were designed to limit spending-that were offered.

 

Bill Summary

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. Olver (D-MA):  The Manager's Amendment prohibits funds from being made available for first class airline tickets or 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.

•  Reduces funding for the DOT's Office of the Secretary by $250,000.

•  Reduces funding for the DOT's financial capital fund for upgrading the Department's financial systems by $3 million.

•  Increases spending for FAA commercial space transportation activities by $1 million.

•  Reduces funding for FAA staff offices by $1 million.

•  Increases funding for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by $250,000 for alternative fuel vehicle safety.

•  Increases funding for the Federal Railroad Administration by $3 million for railroad research and development.

•  Reduces funding for Community Development Block Grant initiatives for distressed and blighted areas by $2 million.

2) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Would strike funding for HUD's HOPE VI program, which receives $250 million in the underlying bill.  The program provides competitive grants to local housing authorities to construct, rehabilitate and transform distressed public housing units into mixed-income communities.  However, the goals set for the program have been met and exceeded according to HUD.

3) Rep. Latham (R-IA) Reduces funding for federal assistance for high-speed rail funding from $4 billion to $1 billion, the same amount as the President's request.  High-speed rail assistance already received $8 billion in this calendar year from the "stimulus" bill.

4) Rep. McHenry (R-NC)Transfers $1 million from National Railroad Passenger Corporation's (Amtrak) general operating fund to its Office of the Inspector General in order to increase oversight activities on federal spending.  According to the sponsor's office, the amendment draws attention to the recent resignation of Amtrak's Inspector General in light of a report that found Amtrak lawyers and bureaucrats were repeatedly and improperly interfering with the IG's oversight investigations.  

5) Rep. Schock (R-IL):  Transfers $5 million from the $2 billion appropriated for the HOME investment partnerships program to Housing Counseling Assistance Programs for pre-home purchase counseling.

6) Rep. Cao:  Requires the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NRC) to make quarterly reports to Congress on their efforts to mitigate mortgage default.  Currently, the NRC is required to make such reports bi-annually.

7) Rep. Frelinghuysen (R-NJ)/Engel (D-NY)/ Holt (D-NJ)/Lance (R-NJ):  Prohibits funds from being used by the FAA to implement the New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia Airspace Redesign project.   According to the FAA, the project is intended to increase air traffic efficiency by "combining high and low altitude airspace to create more efficient arrival and departure routes."  However, some Members from affected districts have expressed concerns regarding the increased air traffic.

8) Rep. Blackburn (R-TN):  Reduces the overall spending in the bill by 5 percent across all accounts.

9) Rep. Burton (R-IN):  Prohibits funding in the bill from being used by Amtrak to provide free alcohol.

10) Rep. Jordan (R-OH):  Reduces spending in the underlying bill by $20 billion to reflect the FY 2008 appropriated level.

11) Rep. Neugebauer (R-TX):   Reduces spending in the bill by $13.533 billion to reflect the FY 2009 appropriated level.

12) Rep. Stearns (R-FL):  Reduces by 25 percent the amount appropriated or otherwise made available by the bill that is not required to be appropriated or otherwise made available by a provision of law.  

13) Rep. Turner (R-OH):  Prevents funds from being used to prohibit the establishment of any occupancy preference for veterans in supportive housing for the elderly that is provided assistance by HUD and is located on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) property or is subject to an enhanced use lease with the VA.

14) Reps. Rangel (D-NY), Frank (D-MA), Waters (D-CA), and Watt (D-NC):  Prohibits the use of funds for the implementation of a community service requirement for public housing residents under the United States Housing Act of 1937.  This requirement states that adult residents of public housing project must contribute 8 hours per month of community service or participate in an economic self-sufficiency program for 8 hours per month.

Part B:  Up to seven 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 Terminal Replacement project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

2) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Hornell Family YMCA and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $400,000.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the downtown revitalization and Main street improvement project of Round Rock, Texas and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $400,000.

4) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Murphy Theatre Community Center, Inc and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

5) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Harper's Ferry Interpretative Welcome Center and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

6) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for Phoenixville downtown streetscape project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

7) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for construction of the Triangle Building and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

8) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the renovation of a vacant building for economic development by the City of Jal, New Mexico and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $400,000.

9) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Monroe County Farmer's Market facility construction project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

10) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Millennium Technology Park and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

11) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the reconstruction of Rib Mountain and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $500,000.

12) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Community Cultural and Educational Center of the Brooklyn Children's Museum and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

Part C:  Up to two of the following four 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 Elm Street/Gas Light District Improvements project in New Hampshire and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $1 million.

2) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Wolf Trap Performing Arts Multi-Use Trail project in Virginia and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $250,000.

3) Rep. Hensarling (R-TX)Prohibits funds from being used for an earmark for the Doyle Drive Replacement project in San Francisco 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 Philadelphia Museum of Art Transportation Improvement Program in Pennsylvania and reduces the overall amount of the appropriation by $750,000.