House finishes DHS amendment votes, final passage expected shortly

By a 288-131 vote, members approved an amendment from Rep. Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.) that would prohibit funds from being used in contravention of law used to detain aliens who have committed crimes.

Members approved one from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) that would prohibit the use of funds by a political appointee to delay, vacate or reverse a Freedom of Information Act request. This was accepted in a 257-164 vote.

An amendment from Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) would prohibit funds from being used for collective bargaining for TSA screeners. TSA has considered this move, but Rokita's amendment was approved in a close 218-205 vote.

By a 252-170 vote, members accepted language from Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) that would prohibit DHS from implementing any rule related to the disclosure of political contributions that contract with DHS.

House Transportation Committee Chairman John Mica (R-Fla.) successfully attached language to the bill that would limit the amount of money available to TSA to hire government screeners, in order to allow for private screeners to play a role in aircraft security. This amendment was approved in a 219-204 vote.

Members rejected several amendments Thursday night, including proposals to block DHS participate in project labor agreements, prevent DHS from buying new or maintaining current advanced imaging technology, cut most DHS offices by 10 percent, prohibit DHS from spending money on new office space in Washington DC, and end the use of a program allowing federal officials to work with state and local law officers to enforce immigration laws.