#Department of #Defense #Appropriations #FY2014 #Amendments To Watch! #TCOT #CutSpending #Liberty

The following are amendments to the Department of Defense Appropriations FY 2014 that we will be watching closely. They must be approved by the Rules Committee before they will be allowed to receive a vote by the full House of Representatives. LLPH may score any of these amendments in our scorecard.

#1: Gibson (R-NY) and Welch (D-VT): Revised Prohibits the use of funds for arming Syrian rebel groups and United States military operations in Syria. (YES)

#7: Schweikert (R-AZ): Provides that none of the funds made available by this Act may used for military operations in or against Syria except under a declaration of war against Syria pursuant to Article I, section 8, clause 11 of the Constitution. (YES)

#19: Jones (R-NC): Restricts the use of funds approved by this Act from being used to carry out activities under the United States – Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement, without being approved by Members of Congress. (YES)

#20: Jones (R-NC): Restricts the use of funds approved by this Act from being used to carry out activities under the United States – Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Agreement. (YES)

#21: Speier (D-CA): Strikes $100 million beyond the President’s request for the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle. (Leans YES)

#22: Speier (D-CA): Strikes $897,507,000 for 2 ships for the Littoral Combat Ship program and reduces the deficit by the same amount. (Lean YES)

#25:Conyers (D-MI), Jones (R-NC), Welch (D-VT), Cohen (D-TN), Lee, Barbara (D-CA) : Prevents funds authorized in the Act from being used to deploy, establish, or maintain the presence of Members of the Armed Forces or private security contractors on the ground in Syria unless the purpose of the presence is to rescue a Member of the Armed Forces from imminent danger. (YES)

#43: Coffman (R-CO), Garamendi (D-CA), Murphy, Patrick (D-FL): Decreases the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund by $553.8M (contract to Rosoboronexport for 30 Mi-17 helicopters) and increases the Spending Reduction Account by the same amount. (YES)

#44: Mulvaney (R-SC), Van Hollen (D-MD), Coffman (R-CO), Murphy, Patrick (D-FL): Reduces funds made available in the Overseas Contingency Operations budget by $3,546,000,000 to better correspond with the President’s request. Protects all amounts made available for the National Guard and Reserve Component Equipment modernization shortfalls for homeland defense and emergency response. (YES)

#47: Rigell (R-VA): Reduces the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by 50% ($139,500,000) and moves those funds to the Spending Reduction Account. (YES)

#50: Blumenauer (D-OR): Prevents any funds in this Act to be used for the purposes out carrying out section 5062(b) of title 10, United States Code. (?)

#57: Garamendi (D-CA): Cuts $2,615,000,000 from the Afghan Security Forces Fund. (YES)

#59: Walberg (R-MI) and Cohen (D-TN): Reduces the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $79 million and transfer the savings to the Spending Reduction Account. (YES)

#64: Cicilline (D-RI): Reduces appropriations for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund by $279,000,000 and apply the savings to the spending reduction account. (YES)

#66: Cohen (D-TN): Reduces the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund from $279 million to $140 million and transfers the savings to deficit reduction. (YES)

#69: Esty (D-CT): Reduces funding for the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund for overseas contingency operations by $25,000,000 and redirect those funds to the Spending Reduction Account. (YES)

#70: Grayson (D-FL): Prohibits funding from being obligated or expended by the United States Government to exercise United States control over any oil resource of Afghanistan, in keeping with a similar prohibition in Iraq located in Section 9007 of the bill (p. 150). (Lean YES)

#71: Grayson (D-FL): Prohibits funds appropriated in this bill from being obligated or expended for assistance to Iran or Syria unless specifically appropriated for that purpose. (Lean YES)

#72: Grayson (D-FL): Prohibits funds appropriated in this bill from being obligated or expended for assistance to Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Maldives, or Myanmar unless specifically appropriated for that purpose. (Lean YES)

#80: Grayson (D-FL): Prohibits funds in this act from being used to fund a brewery. (Lean YES)

#82: Grayson (D-FL): Prohibits funds from being used to plan, develop, release or make available to the general public DOD-created video games. (Lean YES)

#87: Broun (R-GA): Prohibits the Department of Defense from using any funds to use a drone to kill a citizen of the United States unless they are actively engaged in combat against the United States. (YES)

#92: Polis (D-CO): Strikes $107,000,000 for 14 Ground-based Interceptors and reduces the deficit by the same amount. (Lean YES)

#100: Amash (R-MI), Conyers (D-MI), Mulvaney (R-SC), Polis (D-CO), Massie (R-KY): Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215. (Strong YES)

#101: Amash (R-MI), Conyers (D-MI), Mulvaney (R-SC), Polis (D-CO), Massie (R-KY): Ends authority for the blanket collection of records under the Patriot Act. Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who are not subject to an investigation under Section 215. (Strong YES)

#102: Radel (R-FL): Prohibits funds to be used for US military involvement in Syria without the express authorization of Congress (YES)

#104: Massie (R-KY), Yoho (R-FL), Schrader (D-OR), Amash (R-MI): Provides that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for United States military involvement in Syria without express Congressional authorization. (YES)

#105: Massie (R-KY), Amash (R-MI), Yoho (R-FL): Provides that none of the funds made available by this Act may be used for United States military involvement in Egypt without express Congressional authorization. (YES)

#132: Lee, Barbara (D-CA), Blumenauer (D-OR), Schrader (D-OR), Conyers (D-MI), Polis (D-CO): Reduces funding by 1%, excluding the Defense Health Program and Military Personnel Accounts. (Lean YES?)

#140: Flores (R-TX): Late Prohibits the use of any funds made available by tis act to be used to take any adverse personnel action against any member of the Armed Forces on account of the faith, religious beliefs, actions, or speech of the member reflecting the conscience, moral principles, or religious beliefs of the member. (YES)

#144: Nugent (R-FL): Late Limits funds available for American military involvement or any lethal aid to Syria. (Lean YES)

#146: Nugent (R-FL): Late Limits funds available to provide lethal military equipment to Egypt. (Lean YES)

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