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  • bluecheese4u bluecheese4u Jul 10, 2013 8:50 AM Flag

    House rejecting most amendments to energy and water bill

    House rejecting most amendments to energy and water bill

    By Pete Kasperowicz - 07/09/13 11:10 PM ET

    The House late Tuesday accepted just two amendments that would tweak an energy and water spending bill for 2014, but rejected several others, most of which came from Democrats looking to boost funding in various areas of the bill.

    In a voice vote, the House accepted a bipartisan amendment from Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that would boost funding for the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, which helps fund advanced energy projects.

    Schiff's language would increase ARPA-E funding by $20 million, and would take that funding by reducing Department of Energy (DOE) administration funds by the same amount.

    In another voice vote, the House accepted language from Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.) to increase the non-defense environmental cleanup fund in the bill by $19 million, paid for by cutting the administrative budget.

    Passage of those amendments meant many other related amendments to boost ARPA-E funding, or increase funding for science or renewable energy programs, were destined to be rejected.

    The House also rejected three GOP amendments aimed at cutting speeding beyond the cuts already in the bill. Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) proposed eliminating the entire renewable energy development program at DOE in order to save $1.5 billion, but his language was turned away in a 115-300 vote — 115 Republicans supported it, more than the 109 Republicans who opposed it.

    Another, from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), would have cut $4.7 million from the renewable energy program and moved it to the deficit reduction account, to reduce a House-approved increase in that account. The House killed this in a 158-256 vote. Broun had another proposal to cut $9.5 million in DOE salaries, and this was defeated by voice.

    Other amendments that either failed in a voice vote or were disposed of in other ways were from:

 
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