House approves 'competition' amendments to DOD spending bill

And by a 217-204 vote, members approved a Pete Sessions (R-Texas) amendment to strike language prohibiting the conversion of functions from federal employees to private contractors.

Earlier this year, the House approved similar language to the Homeland Security and Agriculture appropriations bills.

The two votes were the last in a series of votes to the DOD bill that took place throughout the day. Voting concluded at about 7:30 p.m., after which the House continued debate on several other amendments. Debate on one or more amendments striking DOD funding for operations in Libya were expected either late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Also on Wednesday, the House accepted an amendment from Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). His language would transfer $3.6 million from Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance to a program aimed at helping Gulf War veterans with health issues, and it was approved in a 253-167 vote.

Earlier in the day, the House approved three other amendments by voice vote related to improving the health of U.S. service members. The House also approved language that restores funding for military bands.

Amendments rejected by the House on Wednesday were as follows:

Gerry ConnollyGerry ConnollyHouse panel tells fed agency to stop selling recalled cars VA Dems jockey for Kaine's seat Celebs, lawmakers light up WH red carpet at state dinner MORE (D-Va.), transfer $10 million from Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance to a Strategic Environmental Research and Development program aimed at improving energy use. Failed in 175-241 vote.

Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), transfer $217 million from Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance, or 10 percent of that budget. Failed in 87-328 vote.

Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: House GOP grills IRS chief on impeachment | Bipartisan anger over Iran payment | Fed holds rates steady but hints at coming hike Panel votes to extend nuclear power tax credit DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Ore.), transfer $15 million from Defense Wide Operations and Maintenance to Defense Wide Research, Development, Test and Evaluation for the Energy Security and Technical Certification program. Failed in 152-266 vote.

Peter WelchPeter WelchYahoo hack spurs push for legislation Retailers have jumped the shark EpiPen investigation shows need for greater pricing transparency, other reforms MORE (D-Vt.), transfer $297 million from Air Force Research, Development, Test and Evaluation to the Spending Reduction Account to eliminate funding for the Next Generation Bomber. Failed in 98-322 vote.

Two other amendments from Rep. Broun were scheduled for recorded votes, but Broun agreed to let the prior voice votes against them stand. These amendments together would have moved $13.5 million from Navy and Airforce programs related to NATO to a cooperative missile defense program with Israel.