|00:00:00||EFFICIENT CARGO TRANSPORTATION.|
|00:00:02||TO THIS END, OUR BILL FUNDS THE OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACCOUNTS, $2 PPT 5 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF $109 BILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S -- $109 MILLION ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST.|
|00:00:21||IN THE EARMARK BAN, THE FINAL BILL CANNOT INCLUDE FUNDING TO A SPECIFIC PROJECT ABOVE THE PRESIDENT'S REQUEST.|
|00:00:32||INSTEAD OF INCREASING FUNDING FOR SPECIFIC PROJECTS, IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR CAT GOIRS OF ONGOING PROJECTS, INCLUDING AN ADDITIONAL $189 MILLION FOR NAVIGATION GREDGING WITH THE FINAL PROJECT SPECIFICATIONS, ALLOCATIONS TO BE MADE BY THE ADMINISTRATION.|
|00:00:46||THE PROJECT MY COLLEAGUE IS INTERESTED IN WOULD BELE YIBBLE TO COMPETE FOR THIS ADDITIONAL FUNDING.|
|00:00:52||AS AN OFFSET, THIS AMENDMENT STRIKES THE FUNDING FOR THE MODERNIZATION OF OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS STOCKPILE AND ITS SUPPORTING INFRASTRUCTURE ENSURING ADEQUATE FUNDING TO MAINTAIN OUR NUCLEAR WEAPONS IS MY HIGHEST PRIORITY FOR OUR BILL.|
|00:01:09||THE INCREASES PROVIDED IN THIS BILL FOR NUCLEAR SECURITY HAVE RECEIVED STRONG BIPARTISAN SUPPORT.|
|00:01:15||THIS AMENDMENT UNACCEPTABLY STRIKES FUNDING FOR BOTH OF THESE PRIORITY INVESTMENTS WHICH ARE BOTH URNINGT AND OVERDUE.|
|00:01:26||I STRONGLY URGE MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE DEFENSE A PRIORITY AND VOTE NO ON THIS AMENDMENT.|
|00:01:33||MR. CHAIRMAN, I RAISE A POINT OF ORDER AGAINST THE AMENDMENT.|
|00:01:35||THE AMENDMENT PROPOSES TO INCREASE AN APPROPRIATION NOT AUTHORIZED BY LAW AND THEREFORE IS IN VIOLATION OF CLAUSE 2-A OF RULE 21.|
|00:01:45||ALTHOUGH THE ORIGINAL COUNT FOR THE CORPS OF ENGINEERS -- CIVIL DEPARTMENT OF ARMY OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE IS UNAUTHORIZED, IT IS PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN THE BILL PURSUANT TO THE RULE PROVIDING FOR DISCUSSION OF THIS BILL.|
|00:02:10||WHEN IT'S PERMITTED TO REMAIN IN AN APPROPRIATIONS BILL, THE AMENDMENT CHANGES THE AM IN ORDER BUT THE RULES OF THE HOUSE APPLY A QUOTE MERELY PERFECTING STANDARD QUOTE FOR THE ITEMS THAT REMAIN AND DO NOT ALLOW THE INSERTION OF A NEW PARAGRAPH NOT PART OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT PERMITTED TO REMAIN TO INCREASE THE FIGURE PERMITTED TO REMAIN.|
|00:02:38||I WOULD FURTHER SAY THE ACCOUNT CONTINUES FUNDING FOR PROJECTS NOT ENTIRELY AUTHORIZED.|
|00:02:43||THE AMENDMENT CANNOT BE COP STREWED AS MERELY PERFECTS AND THEREFORE, MR.|
|00:02:48||CHAIRMAN, I ASK THAT THE CHAIR RULE THE AMENDMENT OUT OF ORDER.|
|00:02:55||THE CHAIR: DOES ANY OTHER MEMBER WISH TO BE HEARD ON THE POINT OF ORDER?|
|00:02:59||JACKSON LEE: I DO. I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR HIS EXPRESSION.|
Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. The amendment proposes to increase an appropriation not authorized by law, and therefore is in violation of clause 2(a) of rule XXI.
Although the original account funding for the Corps of Engineers--Civil--Department of Army--Operations and Maintenance is unauthorized, it was permitted to remain in the bill pursuant to the provisions of the rule that provided for the consideration of this bill. When an unauthorized appropriation is permitted to remain in a general appropriations bill, an amendment merely changing that amount is in order, but the rules of the House apply a ``merely perfecting standard'' to the items permitted to remain and do not allow the insertion of a new paragraph--not part of the original text permitted to remain--to increase a figure permitted to remain.
I would further say the account contains funding for projects not entirely authorized.
The amendment cannot be construed as merely perfecting, and therefore, Mr. Chairman, I ask that the Chair rule the amendment out of order.
The Acting CHAIR. Does any other Member wish to be heard on the point of order?