House approves several funding limitation amendments to Transportation/HUD bill

Earlier in the evening, the House approved an amendment preventing the Transportation Department from exploring ways to tax drivers by the mile.

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Amendments accepted by voice vote Wednesday night were from:

• Chip Cravaack (R-Minn.), to prevent funds from being used by the Secretary of Transportation to research or implement a distance-based fee system, or Vehicle Miles Traveled system.

• Cravaack, to prohibit funds from being used to further implementation of the European Union greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme for aviation activities.

• Bill Posey (R-Fla.), to prohibit funds from being used for the international highway technology scanning program.

• Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), to prohibit funds from being used for livable or sustainable community grants.

• Bill Flores (R-Texas), to prohibit the use of funds to ban coal to liquid alternative fuel processes.

• Michael Turner (R-Ohio), to ensure conflicting regulations don't impede the development of senior veterans' housing on VA property using enhanced use leases.

• Scott Garrett (R-N.J.), to prohibit the use of funds to enforce a rule from the Secretary of HUD relating to the implementation of the Fair Housing Act's Discriminatory Effects standards.

• Bill Cassidy (R-La.), to prohibit the Secretary of Transportation from transferring money to support the Essential Air Service.

• Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), to prohibit funds from being used to design, construct or operate a streetcar in Cincinnati.

• Steve Scalise (R-La.), to prohibit the use of funds to implement any rule that prohibits an owner or landlord from using a criminal conviction to deny housing to an applicant.

The House disposed of several other amendments, from:

• Tom Price (R-Ga.), to prohibit the use of funds by the Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to require the placement of line markers other than at public road crossings and railroad crossings. Withdrawn.

• Michael Burgess (R-Texas), to prohibit the use of funds for operating unmanned aircraft as a weapon against a person or property, or to manufacture, sell, or distribute that equipment. Point of order.

• Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), to prohibit funds from being used to build flood protection walls for Interstate 5 between mile posts 72 and 82 in Lewis County, Washington. Withdrawn.