Full Committee Business Meeting

Date: 
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Location: 
2154 Rayburn HOB

Republicans Defeat Amendment to Safeguard Regulations Against Sexual Harassment

 

On November 30, 2017, the Committee held a business meeting during which it debated H.R 2623, the Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing a Federal Regulatory Budget Act.  This bill was introduced on May 24, 2017, by Representative Mark Meadows.  It would make it harder for federal agencies to issue rules that protect public health, safety, and the environment.  It would require agencies, when issuing significant rules, to first identify two existing rules to repeal.  The bill also would require the White House to set a regulatory budget for each agency and would prohibit agencies from issuing rules that exceed that budget unless the White House provides written approval.   

During the markup, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton offered an amendment to ensure that existing regulations that protect against sexual harassment at federal agencies would not be impaired by this legislation.

Rep. Norton explained:  “There has been a public outcry against sexual harassment in the Congress.  This increased attention to the number of claims of sexual harassment around the country today including in the Congress deserves Congress to do more … how can we possibly calculate the monetary value of having a workplace free from sexual harassment?  This body is going to pay the price for allowing sexual harassment to thrive here, and this bill is going to make it very hard to show we are serious about ridding this body of sexual harassment.” 

Republicans defeated the amendment on a party-line vote with Representatives Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Amash, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell, and Gianforte all voting against the amendment.    

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H.R. 2623 (Meadows-NC), Lessening Regulatory Costs and Establishing a Federal Regulatory Budget Act of 2017

1. Mr. Meadows offered an amendment in the nature of a substitute (ANS).

2. Ms. Norton offered an amendment to the Meadows ANS that exempts regulations related to sexual harassment from the one-in-two-out process and reporting requirements in section 5. The amendment failed by a record vote of 15-20 (vote #1).

YEAS: Cummings, Maloney, Clay, Lynch, Connolly, Kelly, Lawrence, Watson Coleman, Demings, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Welch, Cartwright, DeSaulnier and Gomez.
NAYS: Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Amash, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell and Gianforte.

3. Ms. Plaskett offered an amendment to the Meadows ANS that exempts regulations related to protecting whistleblowers from the one-in-two-out process and reporting requirements in section 5. The amendment failed by a record vote of 16-21 (vote #2).

YEAS: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Clay, Lynch, Connolly, Kelly, Lawrence, Watson Coleman, Demings, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Welch, Cartwright, DeSaulnier and Gomez.
NAYS: Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Sanford, Amash, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell and Gianforte.

4. Mr. Krishnamoorthi offered an amendment to the Meadows ANS that exempts regulations related to obtaining or retaining security clearances from the one-in-two-out process and reporting requirements in section 5. The amendment failed by a record vote of 17-23 (vote #3).

YEAS: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Clay, Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Kelly, Lawrence, Watson Coleman, Demings, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Welch, Cartwright, DeSaulnier and Gomez.
NAYS: Gowdy, Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Sanford, Amash, Gosar, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell and Gianforte.

The Meadows ANS passed by a record vote of 23-17 (vote #4).

YEAS: Gowdy, Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Sanford, Amash, Gosar, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell and Gianforte.
NAYS: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Clay, Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Kelly, Lawrence, Watson Coleman, Demings, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Welch, Cartwright, DeSaulnier and Gomez.

The bill, as amended, was favorably reported to the House by a record vote of 23-17 (vote #5).
YEAS: Gowdy, Duncan, Issa, Jordan, Sanford, Amash, Gosar, DesJarlais, Farenthold, Foxx, Massie, Meadows, Ross, Walker, Blum, Hice, Russell, Grothman, Hurd, Palmer, Comer, Mitchell and Gianforte.
NAYS: Cummings, Maloney, Norton, Clay, Lynch, Cooper, Connolly, Kelly, Lawrence, Watson Coleman, Demings, Krishnamoorthi, Raskin, Welch, Cartwright, DeSaulnier and Gomez.
[Mr. Cummings UC for the record: letters in opposition – from the Environmental Defense Fund Action and the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ms. Norton UC for the record: 1) that Ms. Maloney and all Democrat Members of the Committee be cosponsors of her amendment (#2); and 2) had she been present for vote #1, she would have voted YES.]

H.R. 4431 (Carter-GA), Correcting Miscalculations in Veterans’ Pensions Act

1. Mr. Cummings offered an amendment that provides permissive authority to the Office of Personnel Management to pay interest assessed on federal government civilian pension deposits made by former Peace Corps and AmeriCorps members. The amendment was withdrawn.
The bill was ordered favorably reported to the House by voice vote.

Postal Naming Bills

The following postal naming bills were reported favorably to the House by unanimous consent:

H.R. 3638 (Lawson-FL), To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1100 Kings Road in Jacksonville, Florida, as the “Rutledge Pearson Post Office Building”;

H.R. 3655 (Smith-NJ), To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1300 Main Street in Belmar, New Jersey, as the “Dr. Walter S. McAfee Post Office Building”;

H.R. 4042 (Soto-FL), To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1415 West Oak Street, in Kissimmee, Florida, as the “Borinqueneers Post Office Building”;

H.R. 4285 (LoBiondo-NJ), To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill, New Jersey, as the “James C. 'Billy' Johnson Post Office Building”; and

H.R. 4301 (Norman-SC), To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 201 Tom Hall Street in Fort Mill, South Carolina, as the “J. Elliott Williams Post Office Building.”
 

115th Congress