Rep. John GaramendiJohn GaramendiOvernight Energy: House moves toward conference on energy bill House moves toward conference committee on sweeping energy bill Left divided over women registering for the draft MORE (D-Calif.) proposed the biggest cut — he offered language to completely gut the $2.615 billion in funding for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund, and said this money is being offered without any clear plan.
Garamendi noted that the U.S. is spending $5 billion on this fund in 2013, and said it should be zeroed out completely. But the House disagreed and voted down his amendment 150-276.
However, the House did accept a proposal from Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) to cut the infrastructure fund by $140 million, in a 249-173 vote.
It also accepted language from Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) to cut the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund by $553.8 million, in order to end the contract with the Russian company Rosoboronexport. This amendment passed 346-79.
Members considered several other amendments to the bill on Tuesday evening, from:
— Scott RigellScott RigellOvernight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge Supreme Court rejects GOP challenge to Va. redistricting plan Overnight Defense: Senate panel approves 2B defense bill MORE (R-Va.), prohibiting funds in the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund to be used to start new projects. Passed 332-94.
— Steve Scalise (R-La.), prohibiting DOD from entering into new contracts for the procurement or production of non-petroleum based fuel. Passed in voice vote.
— Lee Terry (R-Neb.), prohibiting DOD from spending funds to enforce a section of the Energy Independent and Security Act. Withdrawn.
— Rob WittmanRob WittmanOvernight Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns House panel approves Puerto Rico debt relief Overnight Regulation: Supreme Court rejects GOP redistricting challenge MORE (R-Va.), prohibiting funds from being used to propose, plan or execute another Base Realignment and Closure round. Rejected in voice vote.
— Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.), prohibiting DOD from spending money to propose, plan or execute new BRAC rounds. Withdrawn.
— Bill FloresBill FloresIn House GOP, Ryan endorsement of Trump seen as inevitable Ryan secures big win with bipartisan Puerto Rico deal Overnight Finance: GOP's budget 'SWAT' team | What to watch at IRS impeachment hearing | Sanders bucks Dem leaders on Puerto Rico bill MORE (R-Texas), prohibiting funds from being used to enforce the selective fuel bans under the Energy Independent and Security Act. Passed 237-189.
— Tom Cole (R-Okla.), prohibiting spending on implementing a furlough of DOD workers who are paid from the Working Capital Fund Account, a revolving fund that does not get direct funding from Congress. Accepted in voice vote.
— Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), prohibiting funds from being used to train the Afghan Special Mission Wing to operate Mi-17 helicopters made by Russia's state arms dealer. Passed 333-93.
— Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), reducing funding by 1 percent overall, except the Defense Health Program and Military Personnel Accounts. Failed 109-317.
— Mike Quigley (D-Ill.), limiting funds made available in the bill to operate no more than 300 land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. Failed 142-283.
— Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), prohibiting funds to implement the Trans Regional Web Initiative. Failed 185-238.
— Ted PoeTed PoeIRS head vows to finish term despite impeachment push Overnight Cybersecurity: House to offer bill on government hacking powers House simmers with criticism for Saudi Arabia MORE (R-Texas), eliminating the waiver conditions on aid to Pakistan. Withdrawn.
Three other amendments were passed together en bloc, in a voice vote, from:
— Cicilline, cutting the Afghan Security Forces Fund by $60 million to increase Defense Health Programs by $14 million.
— Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), prohibiting the use of funds to maintain facilities that DOD lists as being completely unused.
— Paul Broun (R-Ga.), prohibiting DOD from using funds to operate an unmanned aerial system in contravention of the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.