H.R. 3326 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 3326 - Departments of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010

H.R. 3326

Amendments to H.R. 3326 - Departments of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010

Date
July 29, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to begin consideration of H.R. 3293, the Departments of Defense Appropriations Act of FY 2010, on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, under a structured rule making up to 15 amendments in order.   Under the rule (H.Res. 685), each amendment is debatable for ten minutes, except for the Manager's Amendment, which is debatable for 20 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.

 

Amendments

1) Rep. Murtha:  The Manager's Amendment prohibits funds from being used for the advance procurement of the F-22 aircraft.  The bill provides for the $368 million previously appropriated for F-22 procurement to be used for production line shut down, spare engine parts for the F-22 and the C-17, Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures kits, advanced targeting pods, and advanced radar development.

In addition, the amendment provides for $60 million from the Navy's Operation and Maintenance Account to be used for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command.  The amendment increases the amount of funding that may be transferred from the Air Force and Navy's accounts to the Fisher House-which provides room and board for injured soldiers and their families-from $10 million to $12 million.  The amendment also allows up to $241 million from the Navy's Operation and Maintenance Account to be transferred to the Coast Guard.

The amendment also reduces funds for the Defense Health Program maintenance and operation account by $26 million and increases funding for the Defense Health Program's research and development by the same amount.  Funds for Defense-wide Operation and Maintenance would also be reduced by $50 million and funding for the Chemical Agents and Munitions Destruction account would be increased by the same amount.

Finally, the amendment prohibits funds in the bill from being made available to pay for an outside contractor to provide utility service at the Military Academy at West Point or convert government-owned ammunition to the private sector.

2) Rep. Conaway (R-TX):  Increases and then decreases the Navy Operation & Maintenance account by $1 million.  According to the sponsor's office, the intent of the amendment is to express the need for DoD to transform financial management processes with the goal of achieving a clean slate financial audit.  GAO has issued several reports in the past year which highlight the lack of transparency, poor internal controls, and undisciplined spending which cost the Department a minimum of $870 million over the last two fiscal years.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ):  Reduces funding for DoD Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities by $160 million.

4) Rep. Sessions (R-TX):  Requires the Secretary of Defense to submit a report to Congress on the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) within the Department of Defense, including information on the following: the number of members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and civilians being treated with HBOT; the types of conditions being treated with HBOT and the respective success rates for each condition; the current inventory of hyperbaric chambers being used by the Department of Defense; and any plans to expand the use of HBOT for treatment.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves the breathing of pure oxygen while in a sealed chamber that has been pressurized at 1 1/2 to 3 times normal atmospheric pressure.  Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used in conventional treatment for decompression sickness, severe carbon monoxide poisoning, certain wounds, injuries, and skin infections, and certain bone or brain infections.

5) Reps. Tierney (D-MA) and Holt (D-NJ):  Strikes $80 million for the Kinetic Energy Interceptor program.

Part BUnder the rule, eight amendments submitted by Rep. Flake (R-AZ) may be offered in addition to an en bloc amendment that would include each of the 553 amendments submitted by Rep. Flake.  For a description of the 553 amendments that will be offered en bloc, please see the Rules Committee website.   According to the sponsor's office, the following eight amendments will be offered on the floor:  

1) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for the Enhanced Navy Shore Readiness Integration.

2) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for Reduced Manning Situation Awareness.

3) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds Body Armor Improved Ballistic Protection, Research and Development.

4) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for Gulf Range Mobile Instrumentation Capability.

5) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for an Ultra Low Profile EARS Gunshot Localization System.

6) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for AARGM Counter Air Defense Future Capabilities.

7) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for AN/SLQ-25D Integration.

8) Rep. Flake (R-AZ)Prohibits funds for 75 various earmarks which would provide funding to former clients of the Paul Magliocchetti and Associates (PMA Group).  The PMA Group was a defense lobbying group that is now the focus of multiple federal investigations concerning allegations of influence peddling and other corrupt activities.

Part CTwo of the following nine amendments may be offered by Rep. Campbell or his designee.

1) Rep. Campbell (R-CA)Prohibits funds from the operations and maintenance fund for the Marine Corps from being used for an earmark for the MGPTS Type III or Rapid Deployable Shelter project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $3 million.

2) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds for Defense Production Act Purchases from being used for an earmark for the Production of Miniature Compressors for the Production of the Electronics and Personal Cooling project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $4.5 million.

3) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the research, development, test and evaluation funding for Army activities from being used for an earmark for the Hybrid Electric Heavy Truck Vehicle project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $2 million.

4) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the research, development, test and evaluation funding for Army activities from being used for an earmark for the Sensor Tape Physiological Monitoring project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $2.5 million.

5) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the operations and maintenance for the Navy from being used for an earmark for the Puget Sound Navy Museum project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $600,000.

6) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the other procurement for the Navy from being used for an earmark for the Multi Climate Protection System project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $2.5 million.

7) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the research, development, test and evaluation funding for defense wide activities from being used for an earmark for the Low Cost Stabilized Turret project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1 million.

8) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the research, development, test and evaluation funding for Army activities from being used for an earmark for the Model for Green Laboratories and Clean Rooms project and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1.5 million.

9) Rep. Campbell (R-CA):  Prohibits funds from the research, development, test and evaluation funding for the Army activities from being used for an earmark for the Westchester County Medical Center project, and reduces the overall amount of the appropriations in the bill by $1.5 million.