In a major triumph for the Fish and Wildlife Service and environmentalists, the House has approved an amendment by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) to strike language in the Interior spending bill that would have prevented FWS from listing species or designating critical habitat.
By a vote of 224-202, the House OK'd Dicks' amendment today (Wed., July 27).
See previous coverage here
The House is now debating another Dicks amendment, which would strike language that would prohibit boat inspection and safety checks at the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve on the Yukon River. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) is unhappy about National Park Service enforcement on the preserve.
Yesterday, the House approved an amendment to the bill that would shift $4.367 million from the Interior Solicitor's office to fund dental health programs within the Indian Health Service. Go here for debate on the measure.
Here's part of the Daily Digest from today's Congressional Record, with information on yesterday's proceedings
Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2012: The House resumed 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. Consideration of the measure began yesterday, July 25th.
Bass (NH) amendment that increases funding, by offset, for several land acquisition accounts by a total of $20 million;
Tipton amendment that increases funding, by offset, for the land acquisition accounts of the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service by $2,500,000 each;
Griffin (AR) amendment that increases funding, by offsest, for the North American Wetlands Conservation Fund by $3 million;
Carter amendment that redirects $1 million in funding with respect to National Park Service, Construction;
Gosar amendment that allows use of funds in the bill to operate charter schools; and
Gosar amendment that increases funding, by offset, for Indian Health Services by $4,367,000.
Lamborn amendment that sought to eliminate funding for several land acquisition accounts and apply $50,721,000 to the spending reduction account and
Jackson Lee (TX) amendment that sought to increase funding, by offset, for Environmental Programs and Management by $5 million.
Norton amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have redirected $300,000 in funding with respect to National Recreation and Preservation and
Mica amendment that was offered and subsequently withdrawn that would have increased funding, by offset, for National Park Service, Construction by $2 million.
Clarke (MI) amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Environmental Programs and Management by $10 million;
Dicks amendment that seeks to strike the proviso relating to funding limitations for carrying out certain subsections of the Endangered Species Act;
Tonko amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for National Recreation and Preservation by $8,408,000;
Amash amendment (No. 5 printed in the Congressional Record of July 25, 2011) that seeks to striking funding for the National Capital Performing Arts/Capital Concerts and apply the savings to the spending reduction account;
Dold amendment that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for Environmental Programs and Management by $24,700,000;
Reed amendment (No. 44 printed in the Congressional Record of July 25, 2011) that seeks to increase funding, by offset, for State and Private Forestry by $8,291,000; and
Scalise amendment, as modified, that seeks to reduce funding for the Office of the Secretary, Departmental Operations by $420,000.
H. Res. 363, the rule providing for consideration of the bill, was agreed to yesterday, July 25th.
Amendments: Amendments ordered printed pursuant to the rule appear on pages H5581-82.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Three yea-and-nay votes and 11 recorded votes developed during the proceedings of today and appear on pages H5507, H5508, H5508-09, H5531, H5531-32, H5532-33, H5533, H5533-34, H5534, H5535, H5535-36, H5536, H5538, H5538-39. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10 a.m. and adjourned at 11:34 p.m.