The House on Wednesday defeated a proposal to allow the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to spend more money on regulatory efforts and less on information technology.
Rejected 194-227, Rep. Rosa DeLauro's (D-Conn.) amendment to the 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill would reduce the funds set aside for the CFTC's information technology account from $52.5 million to $35 million.
"By returning this set-aside to $35 million, our amendment gives the the commission more flexibility to spend the budget they have on enforcement," DeLauro said. "This amendment merely lets them use their budget to do their jobs."
But Rep. Robert AderholtRobert AderholtHouse panel approves agriculture, energy spending bills GOP scrambles for response to Obama's gun control actions Lawmakers press for Christians to be included in ISIS genocide designation MORE (R-Ala.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Agriculture subcommittee, argued the CFTC relied too much on physical paperwork and needed to boost its IT abilities. He said DeLauro's amendment would ultimately lead to more CFTC regulations.
"This amendment would only accomplish one objective, to grow the size of our government bureaucracy by hiring more personnel to write rules and regulations," Aderholt said.
Passage of the 2015 Agriculture appropriations bill is expected Thursday.