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House Debates Hundreds of Amendments to $429 Billion Spending Package

by Countable | 9.7.17

After starting debate on hundreds of amendments to a $429 billion spending package Wednesday afternoon and working until 1:30am Thursday morning, the House resumed its deliberations this afternoon with an eye toward eventually holding a passage vote Friday.

But before they can vote to pass the bill, they have to deal with all those amendments. How many can be considered is determined by the Rules Committee, which allowed 118 amendments for one half of this bill and 224 amendments for the rest. That means another late night on the House floor is in store for lawmakers.

Given that you probably didn’t stay up watching C-SPAN in anticipation of a debate about funding for the Institute of Peace, we recapped some of the notable amendments that came up in the first batch of 118.

Numbers 18, 59, 88, 118: Rep. Steve King’s (R-IA) first three proposals prohibit funding from being used to spend money on new hires to the federal workforce who haven’t gone through an E-Verify check under individual sections of the bill, while the last applies the prohibition to the remaining sections. E-Verify ensures that a would-be employee is authorized to work in the U.S. All were passed by voice vote.

Number 19: Rep. Gwen Moore’s (D-WI) amendment prohibits funds to entities that have so-called "lunch shaming" policies that overtly identify or stigmatize potential recipients of subsidized school meals. It was passed en bloc by voice vote with several other non-controversial amendments.

Number 33: Rep. Mo Brooks’s (R-AL) amendment defunds Amtrak — the partially government funded, for-profit passenger railroad corporation. It failed 128-293.

Number 56: Rep. Jason Smith’s (R-MO) amendment prevents funds from going to a state or local government that implement so-called "sanctuary" policies, which prohibit agencies and officials from sending or receiving information about an individual’s immigration status to federal authorities. It passed 225-195.

Number 84: Rep. Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) amendment prohibits funding from being used to expand or build detention facilities for those awaiting immigration hearings or deportation as called for in the Homeland Security section of the underlying bill. It failed 180-230.

Number 93: Rep. Paul Mitchell’s (R-MI) amendment prohibits the use of funds to attend a Canadian water resources conference to protest the construction of a deep geological repository for nuclear waste on the Canadian shore of Lake Huron. It passed en bloc by voice vote.

Number 94: Rep. Ken Buck’s (R-CO) amendment defunds the U.S. Institute of Peace, which is slated to receive $35.3 million based on the underlying bill. It failed by voice vote.

Number 113: Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-FL) amendment prohibits funds from going to schools in Palestine that are named after terrorists, some of whom were connected to Osama bin Laden and Adolf Hitler’s regime. It passed by voice vote.

Tell your reps what you think of these amendments, and suggest others you'd like to see using the Take Action button.

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  • James
    09/08/2017
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    Take the money allocated to the wall and redistribute it to the EPA, NASA, and the CDC please.

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  • Lawrence
    09/08/2017
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    No! To funding the Wall.

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  • Jorjita56
    09/08/2017
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    I would like to know what funding is not going to sanctuary cities. I'm a tax payer and don't agree with rescinding funds for cities simply because they don't want to do the federal governments job in regards to immigration. Right now ICE has access to all jail records and can review for citizenship status. So if they're in trouble with the law...do the job and don't impose this work on the local counties and cities. And I also don't believe in stopping every person based on the color of their skin, accent of their voice, clothing they wear or other biased stereotypes that others have determined are likely to be immigrants.

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  • Azrael
    09/08/2017
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    No wall Just no

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  • Derrek
    09/08/2017
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    America was built by immigrants. Unless you descend from the Tribes who originally inhabited these lands, YOU are the beneficiary of immigration. No funding for walls. It's unamerican. We need to build schools, sustainable power plants, community gardens and affordable housing. #unity #noplaceforhate #onefamily #nowalls

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  • Joanne
    09/08/2017
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    I am extremely happy about amendment 19 being passed. Any state that shames students for getting free lunch should be brought to their knees and worse!!! I am NOT happy with 56. People seeking protection from harsh governments and wanting a better life need places to go. By not funding sanctuary cities we are destroying the premise this country was built on.

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  • Curt
    09/08/2017
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    If we are defunding Amtrak, something citizens use, then we must not use tax dollars to fund a border wall that was proposed with no tax dollars being used as the main selling point.

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  • ProudAmerican
    09/07/2017
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    I am pretty happy with the results of these amendment votes today. Good job House.

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  • Claude
    09/08/2017
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    Stop adding pork to funding laws. If you want to change funding for specific laws that were previously enacted, change the law

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  • Abbi
    09/08/2017
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    Only idiots want that useless wall! It's easy for people to get over, it cuts through people's houses and yards, and local wildlife who can't buy a ladder, a plane ticket, or a drone will suffer severe lack of habitat! I don't expect trump to care but congress should! No friggen wall!

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  • Scott
    09/08/2017
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    No funds for wall...period! Mexico's paying for it, remember?

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  • Marylynn
    09/08/2017
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    I'm appalled that there are so many amendments and only a select few have been listed here. What are our lawmakers hiding?

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  • Deirdre
    09/08/2017
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    Do not fund any wall

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  • Jerry
    09/09/2017
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    I laugh about number 113. Hell, we name schools after Klan daddies.

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  • PLD
    09/08/2017
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    No funding for the wall!

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  • Tonya0717
    09/08/2017
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    Let the government spending bill pass but the DREAM ACT needs to pass when it does. The fee money from the Dream Act goes to help the government regardless as to what people think and any amount times 800,000 people will add up quickly.

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  • John
    09/08/2017
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    Minimize the size of the Federal Government, by passing down everything possible to the State and local Communities. Eliminate the IRS with a simple income tax and value added tax. Eliminate the Postal Service.

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  • Richard
    09/11/2017
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    Take the money allocated to the overreaching EPA, Dept of Education, CDC, and all other Departments that have failed in their mission and put it toward the wall, tax overhaul, and actually paying down our unsustainable debt.

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  • Phyllis
    09/13/2017
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    Go through them one by one. Eliminate all the Republican submissions, they are are abusive and have negative impact on the 98%

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  • James
    09/08/2017
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    And do goes the Congress as usual! It's been that way for a long long time! Quit your crying!

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