Amendment No. 100, sponsored by Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and passed 268-163, wipes out an appropriation of $42,600,000 for the U.S. Institute of Peace and transfers it to the Spending Reduction Account. U.S. taxpayers have already sunk $720 million into this boondoggle and gave its bureaucrats an office building near the State Department.
Amendment No. 149, sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., and passed 244 to 149, prohibits giving any of the act's funds to the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That's a welcome strike against global warming propaganda.
Amendment No. 154, sponsored by Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, and passed 235 to 187, prohibits any of the act's funds from carrying out provisions of the Education Jobs Fund, that mandates that only Texas must certify that stimulus funds will be used to supplement and not supplant state funding of education programs. How's that for telling one state how to spend its own money?
Amendment No. 196, sponsored by Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., and passed 217 to 209, reduces the appropriation for the National Endowment for the Arts by $20 million and transfers the money to the Spending Reduction Account. Too bad the House didn't totally defund the NEA, since it has carried on years of offensive attacks on our culture.
Amendment No. 204, sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., and passed 249 to 175, prohibits any of the act's funds from being used for salaries and expenses for President Obama's "czars," who have not been confirmed by the Senate. It's probably a tossup whether this, or defunding the redecoration of U.N. buildings, gets the popularity prize with Americans.
Amendment No. 208, sponsored by Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla. and passed 247 to 175, prohibits any of the act's funds from being used for the Presidential Election Campaign Fund or the Presidential Primary Matching Payment Account. U.S. taxpayers have been increasingly registering their disapproval of this expenditure on their annual income tax returns.
Amendment No. 267, sponsored by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and passed 241 to 187, prohibits the act's funds from being used to implement ObamaCare this year, saving about $2.8 billion.
Amendment No. 404, sponsored by Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., and passed 244 to 181, prohibits any of the act's funds from being used by the Federal Communications Commission to implement so-called "network neutrality." Americans don't want the government taking over supervision of the Internet.
Phyllis Schlafly is a national leader of the pro-family movement, a nationally syndicated columnist and author of Feminist Fantasies.
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