NTU urges Representatives to vote "YES" on the following H.R. 152 Amendments
January 15, 2013
In an earlier NTU Vote Alert regarding H.R. 152, the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, we advised all Representatives to oppose Amendment #1, authored by Rep. Rogers (R-KY), and Amendment #2, offered by Rep. Freylinghuysen (R-NJ). Additionally, we urged Members to support Amendment #4, offered by Rep. Mulvaney (R-SC), which would offset the $17 billion of spending in the Rogers Amendment. As the House considers additional amendments to the bill, NTU urges all Representatives to ensure that funds are expended only to support the urgent needs of those affected by Hurricane Sandy and work to avoid adding to our deficit.
To that end, we urge Representatives to vote “YES” on the following amendments:
- “YES” on Amendment #12, Rep. Broun (R-GA): This amendment would strike the $13 million that is earmarked for National Weather Service ground readiness project.
- “YES” on Amendment #49, Rep. Fleming (R-LA): This amendment would cut $9.8 million from the Fish & Wildlife Service for rebuilding seawalls and buildings on uninhabited islands in the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Connecticut.
- “YES” on Amendment #3, Rep. Duncan (R-SC): This amendment would reduce funding for the Legal Services Corporation by $1 million.
- “YES” on Amendment #63, Rep. Flores (R-TX): This would cut $150 million in Regional Ocean Partnership grants.
- “YES” on Amendment #30, Rep. Benishek (R-MI): This amendment would restore the requirement that local governments match federal funds when obtaining Historic Preservation Grants.
- “YES” on Amendment #61, Rep. Huelskamp (R-KS): This amendment would increase transparency by requiring that FEMA disclose information about all disaster relief grants instead of only for those over $1 million.
- “YES” on Amendment #15, Rep. Bishop (R-UT): This amendment would prohibit the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture from obtaining additional federal lands under this legislation. If it proves necessary for the federal government to purchase land for future disaster mitigation, such acquisitions should be made through regular order.
- “YES” on Amendment #31, Rep. Runyan (R-NJ): This amendment would require that only those states that were both affected by Hurricane Sandy and experienced a fisheries disaster be eligible for fisheries disaster relief funds.
Roll-call votes on all of the above amendments to H.R. 152 will be included in NTU’s annual Rating of Congress and “YES” votes will be considered the pro-taxpayer positions.
If you have any questions, please contact NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift at (703) 683-5700