The Rules Committee allowed a number of amendments to be offered. Most were voted on this week, but several were delayed until next week. Here are six of interest:
Representative Scott Perry’s (R-PA) amendment to prohibit regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under Section 115 of the Clean Air Act was adopted by voice vote.
Rep. Andy Biggs’s (R-AZ) amendment to decrease EPA funding by $10,234,000 was rejected by a roll call vote of 184 to 228. The House bill cuts EPA funding by 6% below FY 2017 levels. President Trump requested a 31% cut.
Rep. Keith Ellison’s (D-MN) amendment to remove language delaying the ozone rule was defeated by a 194 to 218 vote.
Rep. Steve Pearce’s (R-NM) amendment to block implementation of the Bureau of Land Management’s venting and flaring rule for oil and gas production on federal lands passed by a vote of 216 to 186.
Rep. Raul Grijalva’s (D-AZ) amendment to restore funding for the EPA’s environmental justice program failed on a 190 to 218 vote. The House bill cuts the environmental justice program significantly, but does not eliminate it as President Trump requested.
Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) offered an amendment on behalf of Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Don Beyer (D-VA) that would prohibit funding for any testing for offshore oil and gas reserves along the Atlantic coast. It was rejected by voice vote.