House preps amendment votes for legislative spending bill

Another, from Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.), would prohibit funds for use in buying compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). Thompson said U.S.-made halogen bulbs meet strict U.S. energy-efficient standards, and that Congress should stop buying foreign-made CFLs.

Thompson also argued that CFLs contain mercury. Holding up a CFL, he said if it broke on the House floor, the entire chamber would have to be evacuated. He said it is less dangerous if a halogen bulb breaks. "If it breaks, we get the broom," he said.

Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) said he was skeptical about the dangers of CFLs, and said he opposes the amendment.

Aside from these amendments, roll-call votes will be held Friday on proposals from:

• Rep. Nan Hayworth (R-N.Y.), to cut $632,000, the proposed increase in funding for the Botanic Garden;

• Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), to reduce funding for the Botanic Garden to 2011 levels; and,

• Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-Ind.), to cut $4.9 million from the Government Printing Office.

Amendments accepted by voice vote Thursday night were from:

• Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.), to transfer funds from Member Transition Activities to increase Capitol Police by $1 million for district office security;

• Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.), to restore $1 million to the Thirty-Year Mass De-acidification Program in Library of Congress through the salaries and expenses account;

• Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.), to prevent funds for use in printing legislation not requested by a member of Congress;

• Paulsen, to prevent funds for use in distributing printed copies of the Congressional Record unless requested by a member of Congress; and,

• Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), to prohibit funds for use to make any payments from any member representational allowance for the leasing of a vehicle that exceeds $1,000 a moment.

The House also rejected several amendments by voice vote on Thursday. These were from:

• Broun, to reduce funding for Joint Economic Committee by 25%, saving $1 million;

• Broun, to cut $467,000 from the Office of Compliance;

• Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), to require all mail funded by member offices to bear the letterhead of the member, to discourage spending on four-color mailers that look like campaign mail at taxpayer expense; and,

• Flake, to prohibit the purchase of online ads that link to a website maintained by members.