"We're not funding the most viable research in these technologies," he added, calling these technologies "so dubious" that few risk investing in these programs. "Private capital beats a path to the door of viable technology."
Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) proposed an amendment that would strike language precluding the Corps and Environmental Protection Agency from issuing regulations clarifying which waters fall under federal protection.
Several other Republicans also offered amendments on Monday. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) proposed an amendment that would increase funding for dredging the Mississippi River by $6.8 million. Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) proposed language that would cut $5 million in spending for global warming planning in the Corps. And Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) offered an amendment that would remove language barring the use of funds to convert functions done by government employees to private companies.
Aside from these amendments, several others that were introduced were either subjected to points of order or withdrawn.
One amendment, from Rep. Marcy Kapur (D-Ohio), proposed shifting $10 million from the Department of Energy's salaries and expenses to help restore funds to solar energy and other renewable energy programs. But it was rejected in a voice vote shortly before 5 p.m.
—This story was updated at 5:25 p.m. to reflect the RSC amendment.