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H.R. 2685: Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2016

Jun 11, 2015 at 2:59 p.m. ET. On Passage of the Bill in the House.

This was a vote to pass H.R. 2685 (114th) in the House. The federal budget process occurs in two stages: appropriations and authorizations. This is an appropriations bill, which sets overall spending limits by agency or program, typically for a single fiscal year (October 1 through September 30 of the next year).

Amendments agreed to:

H.Amdt. 471 revokes a prohibition on the transfer of funds to the National Sea Based Deterrent Fund (NSBDF), which was created to assist in funding of research and construction of 12 Ohio-class nuclear submarines. The amendment was agreed to with a vote count of 321-111. Votes did not follow party lines, with a roughly even split of Republicans and Democrats on either side. Alongside this amendment was another; to appropriate $3.5 billion into the NSBDF. The latter amendment was agreed to without a recorded vote.

H.Amdt. 474 prohibits funding to certain projects by the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, which provides United States aid to infrastructure in Afghanistan. The amendment was agreed to with a vote count of 233-199. There was a roughly even split of Republicans and Democrats on either side.

H.Amdt. 466 removes a section of the bill allowing for the shipment of coal to heat military bases at Kaiserslautern, Germany. It was proposed by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA2) who called the shipments “costly” in his press release. The bill was agreed to with a vote of 252-179. It was supported by the majority of Democrats and about a third of Republicans.

Amendments rejected:

H.Amdt. 468 and H.Amdt. 469 would have removed the prohibition on closing the prison at the United States Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. H.Amdt. 468 dealt with the creation of replacement of facilities, and H.Amdt. 469 would have removed the prohibition on transferring prisoners out of Guantanamo Bay into custody of the country of their origin. Both amendments were rejected, the former with a vote of 173-259 and the latter with a vote of 181-251. Support for both amendments came primarily from Democrats.

H.Amdt. 473 would have blocked aid to Pakistan if the Pakistani government fails to meet conditions for cooperation with United States counter-terrorism efforts as determined by the Departments of State and Defense. The amendment was rejected with a vote of 117-315.

H.Amdt. 475 would have removed from the bill $715 million to the Iraq Train and Equip Fund. It was rejected with a vote of 56-375. 42 Democrats and 14 Republicans voted aye.

H.Amdt. 476 would have removed from the bill $600 million to the Syria Train and Equip Fund. Rep. Curt Clawson (R-FL19) issued a press release on the amendment. It was rejected with a vote of 107-323. There was a roughly even split of Republicans and Democrats on both sides.


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