House recesses after more work on DHS amendments

In the early afternoon, members debated an amendment from Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) that would prevent DHS from spending any funds to implement a policy that requires contractors to disclose their political contributions. This amendment is a response to a planned Executive Order that would require such disclosures.

Democrats were opposed to the amendment, and a recorded vote was requested.

Another amendment from Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) would prohibit the use of funds for more DHS office space in Washington DC. "This bureaucracy has grown beyond the bounds of being reasonable," Gohmert said. A recorded vote was requested for this amendment as well.

House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) proposed his own amendment that would ensure some money is set aside to allow for private airport screeners, instead of using Transportation Security Administration employees. A recorded vote is also expected on this language.

House Oversight & Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he wanted to propose an amendment to require that DHS regulations only be released once it is determined that they will not hurt private-sector job creation. However, Issa withdrew this amendment.

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