In a 175-247 vote, the House turned away a proposal from Rep. Jim MoranJim MoranFormer reps: Increase support to Ukraine to deter Russia GOP Rep. Comstock holds on to Virginia House seat 10 races Democrats must win to take the House MORE (D-Va.) to eliminate all language in the bill that prohibits the release or transfer of detainees at Guantanamo. Moran repeated his arguments that U.S. detention facilities in Cuba are hurting the U.S. reputation around the world and serve as a "rallying cry" for extremists around the world.
"Until we transfer and try the detainees, there is no denying that Guantanamo is hurting our national security," he said.
Also related to missiles, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) proposed language that would eliminate $107 million in funding for Ground-based Interceptor missiles, which he said has never been a feasible technology. But here again, the House disagreed and rejected his proposal 141-272.
Rep. Rich Nugent (R-Fla.) proposed a reduction in funding for a defense-wide rapid innovation program and increasing funding to develop a high power microwave cruise missile. This proposal was killed 93-327.
Elsewhere, Rep. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerKentucky Dem lawmaker questions Trump's mental health A guide to the committees: House Democrats raise questions about Trump’s mental health MORE (D-Ore.) proposed a 10 percent cut to the Ohio-class submarine program, to give the Defense Department money to help it cope with the sequester. The House voted that idea down 49-372.
But the House did accept language from Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) to reduce the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $79 million and move the sum to the spending reduction account. This amendment passed 283-139.
Several other amendments to the spending bill were considered early Tuesday evening, from:
— Tulsi Gaddard (D-Hawaii), increasing funding for the Navy Offensive Anti-Surface Warfare weapon and Air-Launched Long Range Anti-Ship Missile program by $104 million, offset with cuts in the DOD operations budget. Failed 50-372.
— Blumenauer, restoring funding for environmental restoration to fiscal year 2013 levels. Failed 176-242.
— Ted PoeTed PoeA guide to the committees: House Lawmakers debate allowing cameras in courtrooms Hey Congress: Where’s the ban on ISIS? MORE (R-Texas), cutting funding to Pakistan by 50 percent, or $600 million. Failed 186-237.
— Mark PocanMark PocanDems bringing young undocumented immigrants to Trump's speech A guide to the committees: House Lawmakers urge Trump to raise trade issues with Abe MORE (D-Wis.), designating $10 million in DOD's research budget to improve the safety of advanced batteries. Withdrawn.
— Joe Heck (D-Nev.), transferring $15 million to produce the Iron Dome short-range rocket defense program in the United States. Passed in voice vote.
— Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-N.M.), increasing the Operationally Responsive Space program by $10 million to boost satellite deployment, and reducing funds elsewhere. Withdrawn.
— Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), designating funding to study the Therapeutic Service Dog Training Program. Passed in voice vote.
— Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas), striking section 8058, which prohibits funds for use in maintaining military housing. Failed in voice vote.
— Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne BonamiciA guide to the committees: House Liberal Dems warn against narrow focus on rural or coastal voters 'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election MORE (D-Ore.), providing $30 million for the purchase of emergency response medical equipment sets for National Guard ambulances. Withdrawn.