Jul 262011

The House will officially vote tomorrow (Wed., July 27) on Rep. Norm Dicks' attempt to restore funding to the ESA listing program. Had I kept my eyes glued to C-SPAN, I would know what was said about his proposed amendment to the FY 2012 Interior appropriations bill. Alas, I was watching the Washington Nationals lose to the Florida Marlins.

Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Id.) is chairman of the Interior subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee 

Interested parties will have to wait until the Congressional Record hits the Internet to read Dicks' statement and, presumably, a full-throated opposition from subcommittee chairman Mike Simpson (R-Id.).

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee

Dicks (D-Bremerton), the ranking member of the Appropriations Committee, sought to restore funding for the ESA listing program.

Currently, the House spending bill would eliminate spending on the processing of petitions, preparation of 12-month findings, and issuance of final rules -- unless they are to downlist or delist species.

Debate concluded earlier this evening, but as with many of the amendments offered, there has been no vote on Dicks' neasure. At the conclusion of debate, at 9:34 pm, "the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Dicks demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced."  (See here for current House floor proceedings.)

So I guess we'll know more tomorrow. Perhaps in the interim Dicks, a former football player at U-Washington, will do some arm-twisting.



Jul 262011

Sometimes reading the online version of the Congressional Record can be cumbersome, so we took yesterday's debate on the FY 2012 Interior-Environment spending bill and reposted it in four printer-friendly HTML files

Here 's the section from the July 25, 2011, Congressional Record

The House began consideration of H.R. 2584, making appropriations for the Department of the Interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2012.

Pages H5409-70

Pursuant to section 2 of the rule, the amendment considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole is as follows: Strike section 427.

Page H5403

Agreed to:

Simpson manager's amendment that makes technical and conforming changes to the bill and

Pages H5442-43

Richmond amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Ocean Energy Management by $5 million (by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 192 noes, Roll No. 635).

Pages H5464-65, H5468-69


Richmond amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund by $10,617,000;

Pages H5465-66

Moran amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Indian Health Facilities by $18,663,000 (by a recorded vote of 175 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 632);

Pages H5443-45, H5466-67

Huelskamp amendment that sought to reduce funding in various accounts by a total of $3,000,231,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account (by a recorded vote of 126 ayes to 284 noes, Roll No. 633);

Pages H5445-47, H5467-68
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Cleaver amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Environmental Programs and Management by $3 million (by a recorded vote of 165 ayes to 248 noes, Roll No. 634); and

Pages H5447-64, H5468

Hochul amendment that sought to reduce the amount in the Bureau of Land Management account available for the processing of applications for drilling permits by $4,452,000 (by a recorded vote of 141 ayes to 271 noes, Roll No. 636).

Pages H5466, H5469-70

H. Res. 363, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to by a yea-and-nay vote of 205 yeas to 131 noes, Roll No. 630, after the previous question was ordered without objection.

Page H5409

Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea-and-nay votes and five recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5409, H5410, H5466-67, H5467, H5468, H5468-69, H5469-70. There were no quorum calls.

Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 9:31 p.m.