The House passed and sent to the Senate a bill (HR 820) using the government as a catalyst to make U.S. manufacturing companies more globally competitive. The bill authorizes spending$1.54 billion over two years on programs such as Commerce Department outreach centers, funding large-scale research and development consortia, and providing research assistance and federal funds to individual companies.
Supporter Don Johnson (D-Ga.) called the bill "a major contribution toward restoring the manufacturing base in this country to world-class competitive standards," particularly helpful to job-producing small and medium-size businesses.
The bill "looks, sounds and smells like industrial policy," said opponent Robert S. Walker (R-Pa.). "The bill subsidizes the commercial development of a relatively limited number of federally chosen technologies (and) increases deficit spending."
The vote was 243 for and 167 against. A yes vote was to pass the bill. How They Voted Rep. Becerra (D): No vote Rep. Dixon (D): Yea Rep. Roybal-Allard (D): No vote Rep. Waters (D): No vote
Amendment to Cut Commerce Spending Bill
The House rejected an amendment that would have cut 10%, or about $150 million, from the legislation (above) using an array of government programs to upgrade U.S. global competitiveness in manufacturing.
"This amendment gives members an opportunity to do more than just pay lip service to doing something about the deficit," said its sponsor, John J. Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.).
The vote was 208 for and 213 against. A yes vote was to trim 10% from the $1.54-billion measure. How They Voted Rep. Becerra (D): Nay Rep. Roybal-Allard (D): Nay Rep. Waters (D): Nay Rep Dixon (D): Nay
Amendment to Channel Benefits to Citizens
The House adopted an amendment preventing the $1.54-billion manufacturing competitiveness bill (above) from directly funding those who are not U.S. citizens or legal residents.
"If we are going to expend this kind of money. . .we ought to expend (it) on people who are citizens of the United States of America," said Mac Collins (R-Ga.), who sponsored the amendment.
The vote was 263 for and 156 against. A yes vote was to limit competitiveness funding to U.S. citizens and legal residents. How They Voted Rep. Becerra (D): Nay Rep. Dixon (D): Nay Rep. Roybal-Allard (D): Nay Rep. Waters (D): Nay
Acquisition of Forest Land
The House passed and sent to the Senate a bill authorizing acquisition of 80,000 wilderness acres immediately north of Yellowstone National Park at a cost of $12 million to $20 million.The government would use exchanges or cash to acquire the land from a private company that could soon begin harvesting its timber. The acreage would be protected as part of the Gallatin National Forest in Montana.
The vote was 317 for and 101 against. A yes vote was for passage. How They Voted Rep. Becerra (D): Yea Rep. Dixon (D): No vote Rep. Roybal-Allard (D): Yea Rep. Waters (D): Yea Source: Roll Call Report Syndicate