H.R. 359 Amendments: Amendments to H.R. 359—To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions

H.R. 359

Amendments to H.R. 359—To reduce Federal spending and the deficit by terminating taxpayer financing of presidential election campaigns and party conventions

Sponsor
Rep. Tom Cole

Date
January 27, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, January 26, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 359, under a modified open rule.  The rule provides for one hour of general debate equally divided between the chairmen and ranking minority members of the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on House Administration.  Following one hour of debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule for a period not to exceed five hours.  The rule makes in order amendments printed in the Congressional Record.  The bill was introduced on January 20, 2011, by Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) and referred to the Committee on Ways and Means as well as the Committee on House Administration.  For more information on the underlying bill, please see the Legislative Digest for January 26, 2011.

Amendments

Summary of amendments printed in the congressional record

Amendment No. 1—Rep. Peters (D-MI):  The amendment would specify that funds transferred from Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF) to the general Treasury fund be dedicated only for reducing the deficit.

Amendment No. 2—Rep. Castor (D-FL):  The amendment would transfer all amounts in the Presidential Election Campaign Fund (PECF) to the Office of Justice Programs for local law enforcement to be used for costs associated with providing security at Presidential nominating conventions.

Amendment No. 3—Rep. Castor (D-FL):  The amendment would strike the section of the bill which terminates a taxpayer’s option to contribute to the PECF on their tax return.  The amendment would transfer the current balance of the PECF and any new contributions to the Office of Justice Programs for local law enforcement for costs of providing security at Presidential nominating conventions.  Any reference to the PECF would be deemed to be a reference to the Presidential Nominating Convention Security Fund.  According to CBO, the fund’s balance was $195 million at the end of 2010.

Amendment No. 4—Rep. Tsongas (D-MA):  The amendment would add a new section to the bill to make it unlawful for federal funds received by any entity, except a natural person, to be used for: 1) advocating the election or defeat of a Presidential candidate, 2) engaging in any lobbying activity, or 3) donating such funds to any entity that advocates the election or defeat of a Presidential candidate or engages in lobbying activities.

Amendment No. 5—Rep. Polis (D-CO):  The amendment would strike the text of the underlying bill as offered, and would allow taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the PECF at a level not less than $1.

Amendment No. 6—Rep. Moore (D-WI):  The amendment would strike the text of the underlying bill as offered, and would allow taxpayers to contribute to the PECF at the current contribution levels of $3 for individual income tax filers and $6 for joint filers.