But in several votes, a number of Republicans and Democrats joined together to reject proposals to cut beyond the cuts already in the bill. In a late Thursday vote, for example, members rejected a $820 million cut to the $30.6 billion spending bill, by a 99-328 vote.
As other amendments were debated, Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) noted that while the House is cutting some programs, it has been hesitant to be more aggressive. "We are not cutting what's coming out of the committee," he said.
Nonetheless, a few more chances to cut the bill will arise on Friday before the House approves the entire bill and sends it to the Senate. Most notably, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) put forward two amendments — one that would cut spending across the board by 5 percent, and another that would cut spending by 1 percent.
Amendments from Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will also be voted on Friday. He proposed to cut all funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E) at the Department of Energy, and all funds to fossil fuel R&D.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) also has two amendments up for Friday. One would end funding for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy account, and the other would prohibit funding for the vehicle Technologies Activities of the Department of Energy.
In addition to these another amendments, members will also vote on an amendment aimed at defunding implementation of federal light bulb standards that Republicans say will have the effect of banning traditional incandescent bulbs.