General Government Appropriations Act of 2019 H.R. 6147
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 6147, the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019 with a vote of 217-199. This bill contains numerous provisions that are important to the Western Caucus including:
• Repealing the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS).
• Delisting gray wolves range-wide as well as delisting of Great Lakes and Wyoming gray wolves.
• $500 million for “Payments In Lieu of Taxes” (PILT) program.
• $3.9 billion for wildland firefighting and prevention programs.
• Providing funds to combat the bark beetle epidemic that is devastating forests throughout the United States.
• The prevention of federal land closures for Hunting, Fishing, and Recreational Shooting.
This appropriations bill provides designated funding for the Department of the Interior, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Forest Service, and several independent agencies.
The text for the Department of the Interior, Environment, Financial Services, and General Government Appropriations Act of 2019, H.R. 6147, can be found HERE.
These Amendments Were Introduced by Western Caucus Members
This legislation also includes more than a dozen amendments that were introduced by Western Caucus Members. These provisions reduce wasteful spending and reverse several heavy-handed regulatory mandates that were imposed by the Obama Administration. The Caucus’ amendments passed today as part of the bill include:
• Pearce (R-NM) – amendment prohibiting the use of funds to carry out any rule-making on the status of the Lesser Prairie Chicken
• Smith (R-MO) – amendment preventing the payment of attorney’s fees as part of any settlement the Federal Government enters into under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Endangered Species Act.
• Lamborn (R-CO) amendment prohibiting the use of funds to implement or enforce the threatened species or endangered species listing of any plant or wildlife that has not undergone a review as required by section 4(c)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973
• Mullin (R-OK) amendment prohibiting the use of funds for enforcing the Obama Administration’s EPA Methane Rule.
• Mullin (R-OK) amendment prohibiting the use of funds for implementing the Social Cost of Carbon Rule.
• Newhouse (R-WA) amendment prohibiting the use of funds to reintroduce grizzly bears into certain areas in the State of Washington.
• Lamborn (R-CO) amendment prohibiting the use of funds to implement or enforce the threatened species listing of the Preble’s meadow jumping mouse under the Endangered Species Act.
• McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) amendment prohibiting the use of funds for the implementation of Washington State’s revised water quality standard.
• Stewart (R-UT) – amendment allowing the Department of Interior to use sterilization in the management of wild horses and burros.
• Amodei (R-NV) – amendment prohibiting the use of funds for the Interior Department to issue a final rule on the “Bi-State” district population of the greater Sage Grouse.
• Rep. Valadao (R-CA) – amendment exempting certain California water projects from additional judicial review in order to prevent unnecessary delays.
• Amodei (R-NV) –amendment prohibits funding to require the transfer of groundwater rights as a condition for approving certain permits.
• Olson (R-TX) – amendment redirects $20,000,000 to the National Maritime Heritage grant program.
• Johnson (R-OH), Griffith (R-VA) – amendments redirects $30,000,000 to the reclamation of abandoned mine lands and allows more states to participate in the program.
• LaMalfa (R-CA) – amendment redirects resources to the National Forest System account for purposes of eradicating, enforcing, and remediating illegal marijuana grow operations on National Forest System land.
• Young (R-AK) – amendment prevents funds from being used to change existing placer mining plan of operations with regard to reclamation activities.
• Abraham (R-LA), Westerman (R-AR), Crawford (R-AR) – amendment prevents the enforcement of limitations or prohibitions on the use of genetically modified crops in commercial agricultural operations conducted on National Wildlife Refuges.