Wednesday, January 28 – H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Structured Rule)

H.R. 1 is entirely too large to post and sum up here on this blog, but check out this link to the Republican Study Committee’s website that highlights the key concerns and provides a more in-depth report of the entire package. Remember, conservative House Republicans proposed a package of their own that would focus on tax relief rather than runaway government spending to give the economy the boost it desperately needs. Check it out here.

Below are more details about the structured rules does to the bill on the floor today, and amendments that will be considered as part of the package. Check back later in the day to see how the voting breaks down for the amendments and the overall package.

The rule automatically incorporates provisions into the bill that would do the following:

  • Require each state that is eligible to receive funds under the bill to certify, no later than 45 days after enactment, that it plans to request and use the available funds.

  • Waive the local matching requirements and the salary caps for the Community Oriented Policing Services Program hiring program in fiscal years 2009 and 2010.

  • Provide $15 million to the Historic Preservation Fund for the renovation and preservation of buildings on historically black colleges and universities, and waives the institutional match for such projects.

  • Strike the $200 million appropriation in the bill for the National Mall Revitalization Fund.

  • Strike the bill’s provision that would have allowed states to offer family planning services, including contraceptives, under Medicaid without receiving a federal waiver. Nonetheless, the bill will still silently kill the Title V abstinence education program by extending Transition Medical Assistance (TMA) for 18 months, while leaving Title V to expire. (The two have historically been reauthorized and extended together.)

The rule also makes in order only the following 11 amendments (out of 206 filed), to be considered below:

REP. JAMES L. OBERSTAR, D-MN, will offer an amendment (#1) to require 50% of aviation, highway, rail, and mass transit priority consideration funding to be used within 90 days, instead of 120 days.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REP. EDWARD J. MARKEY, D-MA, will offer an amendment (#2) to require, as a condition of receiving funding under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, that the demonstration projects utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards if available and appropriate (supposed to give more transparency in how the money will be used.) The amendment also requires that grant recipients utilize Internet-based or other open protocols and standards.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REP. BILL SHUSTER, R-PA., will offer an amendment (#3) to stipulate that funds received for transportation projects could not be used to replace funds already allocated by states for transportation projects.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REPS. JERROLD NADLER, D-N.Y, PETER A. DEFAZIO, D-OR, KEITH ELLISON, D-MN, MICHAEL E. MCMAHON, D-N.Y., & DANIEL LIPINSKI, D-IL., will offer an amendment (#4) to increase funding for mass transit by $3 billion.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REP. RANDY NEUGEBAUER, R-TX, will offer an amendment (#5) to strike the $355.9 billion of discretionary spending from the bill.

FAILED:  134 – 302

SEE ROLL CALL VOTE

REP. MAXINE WATERS, D-CA, will offer an amendment (#6) to provide that job training funds could be used for broadband deployment and related activities provided in the bill.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REP. JEFF FLAKE, R-AZ, will offer an amendment (#7) to strike the bill’s provisions that provide funding for Amtrak.

FAILED: 116-320

SEE ROLL CALL VOTE

REP. LARRY KISSEL, D-NC, will offer an amendment {# 8} to extend the Berry Amendment Extension Act to include the Department of Homeland Security when requiring the government to purchase employee uniforms from U.S. textile and apparel manufacturers.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REPS. TODD R. PLATTS, R-PA, & CHRIS VAN HOLLEN, D-MD, will offer an amendment (#9) to insert the text of HR 985 Whistleblower Protection Act, from the 110th Congress. The provisions provide protection to federal employees who lawfully disclose evidence of waste, abuse, or gross mismanagement that they believe is credible without restriction as to time, place, form, motive, context, or prior disclosure.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REP. HARRY TEAGUE, D-NM, will offer an amendment (#10) to require the public Web site “Recovery.gov”, which is created by the bill, to contain information and links on how to procure employment from entities and contractors receiving funds from the bill.

ADOPTED – VOICE VOTE

REPUBLICAN SUBSTITUTE OFFERED BY REPS DAVE CAMP, R-MI & ERIC CANTOR, R-VA:

The Camp/Cantor Substitute is different from the RSC’s Economic Recovery bill.

It does the following:

  • It lowers the bottom two income tax brackets to 5% from 10%, and to 10% from 15%.

  • It includes an AMT “patch” for the 2009 and 2010 tax years.

  • It gives individuals that do not have access to group health insurance policies who buy their own individual policies tax credits to offset their expenses.

  • Extends the $7,500 tax credit for first-time home buyers to December 31 from July 1, and it expands the credit to cover all purchases of primary residences.

  • It requires buyers to make at least a 5% downpayment to be eligible for the tax credit.

  • Like the bill, it permits businesses to “carryback” their operating losses in 2008 and 2009 for up to five years, rather than the two permitted under current law. Companies that received funds under the TARP, as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, would not be eligible for the longer carryback period.
  • It extends through 2010 the increased small business expensing rules under Section 179 of the tax code that were included in last year’s stimulus law (PL 110-185)

FAILED: 170-266

SEE ROLL CALL VOTE

REPUBLICAN MOTION TO RECOMMIT:

(Courtesy of the RSC)

The motion would recommit 1, the Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act, back to the House Appropriations Committee with instructions that the committee report the bill back to the House floor forthwith (i.e. instantaneously) with an amendment that increases spending on certain programs by $60.3 billion and decreases spending on certain programs by $164 billion. 

On net, the legislation would reduce discretionary spending in the underlying bill by $103.7 billion.

The spending increases in the amendment are:  $24.3 billion for the Army Corps of Engineers (Construction), and an additional $36 billion for highway spending.

The amendment strikes $164 billion worth of spending in the bill.  A partial list of these reductions:  $3.5 billion for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, $1 billion for the Advanced Battery Manufacturing Grants, $1 billion for the Advanced Battery Loan Guarantee Program, $4.5 billion for the “smart grid”, $79 billion for the state fiscal stabilization fund, $1.2 billion for Youth Summer Jobs Program Grants, $50 million for the National Endowment of the Arts, $200 million for Americorps, and $6.7 billion for the Federal Building Fund.

FAILED: 159-270

SEE ROLL CALL VOTE


FINAL HOUSE VOTE ON H.R. 1 – $819 BILLION IN SPENDING & TAX CUTS

PASSED: 244 – 188

SEE ROLL CALL VOTE

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  1. […] the roll call for final passage was 244-188. The Ayes and Nays haven’t been posted yet. Check this link later today for the Ayes and […]

  2. This blog sent a thrill up my leg. heh heh.

    Seriously, let me be the first to thank you for your vote today. Even if this debacle passes, House Republicans struck a blow for freedom today and all of us appreciate it.

    Best,

  3. […] Package that’s in the spotlight this week here in Congress. A couple of weeks ago, the U.S House passed H.R. 1 by a vote of […]


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