House expands regulatory freeze with amendment vote

McKinley's amendment was one of eight GOP amendments the House approved along the way to passing the bill, including three that were approved Wednesday night.

Amendment results from Thursday follow here:

• Bill Posey (R-Fla.), to require that awarded attorney's fees and costs for small businesses in Title I would be paid out of the administrative budget of the office in the agency that proposed the regulation. Passed 248-171.

• Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), to direct the SEC to take into account the large burden of section 404b of Sarbanes-Oxley on companies with a public float less than $250 million, compared to the benefit. Passed 251-166.

• Posey, to prevent the SEC from enforcing or issuing interpretive guidance on climate change. Passed 245-171.

• Posey, to include in the definition of "significant regulatory action" any new Treasury regulations regarding non-resident alien deposits. Passed 251-165.

• Mel Watt (D-N.C.), to exempt from Title I of the bill regulatory actions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) that streamline the application process for patents and trademarks. The amendment would also exempt midnight rules implementing such provisions from Title II of the bill. Finally, the amendment would exempt from Title III of the bill consent decrees and settlement agreements in an action to compel agency action by the PTO to help streamline the application process for patents and trademarks. Failed 177-244.

• Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa), to provide an exception for regulatory actions that would lower prices for gasoline, diesel, oil, or other motor fuels. Failed 177-238.

• Laura Richardson (D-Calif.), to provide an exception for regulations promulgated under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the health provisions of the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010. Failed 170-247.

• Richardson, to provide an exception from the bill regulatory actions that are necessary to carry out the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Failed 173-246.

• Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), to give Congress seven days to consider a waiver request submitted by the president. Failed 179-234.

• Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), to provide an exception for regulations related to the safety of nuclear power plants. Failed 176-243.

• George Miller (D-Calif.), to provide an exemption for OHSA regulations on combustible dust. Failed 174-239.

• Lynn Woolsey (D-Calif.), to provide an exemption for OSHA regulations relating to electric power transmission and distribution. Failed 178-236.

• Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), to authorize appropriations to enable the SEC and CFTC to carry out the additional cost/benefit analysis requirements under the bill, as well as for costs of litigation incurred by the commissions related to the requirements under the bill. Failed 171-247.

• Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), to delay the effective date of Title VI until the SEC certifies to Congress that in conducting cost benefit analyses no resources would be diverted away from the SEC’s mission to protect investors, maintain efficient markets and promote access to capital. Failed 173-243.

• Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), to exempt from the provisions of the bill a consent decree or settlement agreement pertaining to the Affordable Care Act. Not offered.

• Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), to add a title to the bill that amends the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) to require a consistent net worth limit, and a direct and personal interest in an adjudicatory action to be eligible for an EAJA payment. The amendment would establish a publicly available online searchable database. Not offered.