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house Bill H.R. 4870

Department of Defense Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015

Argument in favor

Bipartisan support and deficit-aware. Gives Armed Forces personnel a pay raise. Keeps military bases open. Keeps commissary subsidies going. A number of new ships mean good things for American manufacturing .

Argument opposed

The Pentagon's nearly $80 billion dollar slush fund should be cut; giving the DoD a second budget isn't realistic in tough economic times, and especially with a drawdown in Afghanistan impending.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed June 20th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 340 Yea / 73 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2014

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Bill Activity

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    The House Committee on Appropriations reported an original measure, H. Rept. 113-473, by Mr. Frelinghuysen.
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    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 351.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 628 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of Senate amendments to H.R. 3230 to H.R. 4870. After general debate on H.R. 4870, it shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall also be in order to consider the Senate amendments to H.R. 3230.
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    Rule H. Res. 628 passed House.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 628.
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    The Speaker designated the Honorable Chris Collins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 628 and Rule XVIII.
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    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4870.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gohmert amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gohmert amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment, pending the reservation of a point of order. The point of order was subsequently withdrawn.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lamborn amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, pending the reservation of a point of order. The point of order was subsequently withdrawn.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lamborn amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jeffries amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McGovern amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Benishek amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gohmert amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gohmert amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Gohmert demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    Mr. Frelinghuysen moved that the committee rise.
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    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4870 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Runyan amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Delaney amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (PA) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Blumenauer amendment No. 4.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Blumenauer amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Blumenauer demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment, pending the reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Coffman amendment No. 5.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holt amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Langevin amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Holt amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Daines amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nadler amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Nadler amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cole amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walorski amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Walorski amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Visclosky demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 268, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nolan amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 268, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Miller (MI) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Miller (MI) amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Miller (MI) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    Mr. Frelinghuysen moved that the Committee rise.
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    On motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4870 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that, pursuant to clause 6 of Rule XVIII, the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cotton amendment No. 2.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Cotton amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Visclosky demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Runyan amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Moran amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Moran amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Mr. Visclosky demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee amendment No. 31, pending reservation of a point of order. The point of order was subsequently withdrawn.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on agreeing to the amendment, and by voice vote, announced the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Walberg amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeLauro amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fleming amendment No. 14.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment No. 33.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment No. 33, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lee (CA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Flores amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Hanabusa amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Fortenberry amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Fortenberry amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Fortenberry demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Grayson amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Grayson demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nugent amendment No. 27.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Speier amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment No. 34.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lee (CA) amendment No. 34, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lee (CA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rogers (AL) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (FL) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellison amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Ellison amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Ellison demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Forbes amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lee amendment No. 32.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lee amendment No. 32, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McClintock amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Wittman amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the King (IA) amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Massie amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Massie amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Barrow amendment.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conaway amendment.
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    Mr. Frelinghuysen moved that the committee rise.
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    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4870 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rohrabacher amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Rohrabacher amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Rohrabacher demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stockman amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stockman amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Stockman amendment, pending reservation of a point of order.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the First Gosar amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gosar amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Visclosky demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 40.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Second Gosar amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gosar amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Gosar demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Franks (AZ) amendment.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Franks (AZ) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Franks (AZ) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 628, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huizenga amendment.
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    Mr. Frelinghuysen moved to rise.
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    On motion to rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 4870 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    Mr. Frelinghuysen moved for the Committee of the Whole to rise and report.
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    On motion to rise and report Agreed to by voice vote.
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    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4870.
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    The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
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    The House adopted the amendment as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
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    Mrs. Bustos moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Appropriations.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Bustos motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to increase the Operations and Maintenance, Defense-Wide account by a total of $5 million (intended for sexual assault prevention); increase the Defense Health Program by a total of $10 million ($5 million intended to help alleviate the backlog at the department of Veterans Affairs by improving the electronic health records processing system and $5 million intended for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries); and decrease the Research, Development, Test and Evaluation account by $15 million.
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    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
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    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 190 - 220 (Roll no. 337).
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    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 340 - 73 (Roll no. 338).
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    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Appropriations.
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    Committee on Appropriations. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
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    Committee on Appropriations. Reported by Senator Durbin with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-211.
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    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 472.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
  • The house Passed June 20th, 2014
    Roll Call Vote 340 Yea / 73 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedJune 13th, 2014

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