The House on Thursday rejected a proposal to reduce funding for the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The amendment offered by Rep. Jared PolisJared Schutz PolisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Biden sales pitch heads to Virginia and Louisiana Colorado extends mask mandate, loosens restrictions for vaccinated Colorado state reps unanimously advance bill to allow to-go cocktails MORE (D-Colo.), defeated 66-339, would have reduced the DEA's funding by $35 million in the 2015 Commerce-Justice-science appropriations bill.


Polis, whose state has legalized marijuana, argued the DEA did not need more funding than it was receiveing at current levels.

"The DEA doesn't have a growing enforcement workload, except in their own minds," Polis said. "We don't need to increase our deficit to fund misguided priorities."

But Rep. Frank WolfFrank Rudolph WolfBottom line Africa's gathering storm DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Appropriations Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee, said that the DEA needed the funding to serve its enforcement mission, and accused Polis of undervaluing the work of DEA agents.

"You kind of just blew off the DEA agents," Wolf said. "The DEA is striving to cope with significant challenges."

"A number of DEA agents have risked their lives for us here," Wolf said, later reading aloud the names of several deceased DEA agents.

Rep. Chaka FattahChaka FattahPhiladelphia Dem power broker indicted The year the party machines broke Jury convicts the son of Rep. Chaka Fattah MORE (D-Pa.), the top Democrat on the subcommittee, said that Polis's concerns for Colorado did not necessarily apply nationwide.

"I think that the gentleman is really concerned about the underlying questions about his home state. I agree with him there that the state has made a different decision and that there should not be unnecessary harassment," Fattah said.

"It does not mean, however, we think every illegal narcotic the world should be available without penalty or punishment for every single person who might desire it," Fattah said.