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(H.R. 1388) Amendments to Mikulski’s Amendment 687 (to substitute) considered 25 March

26 March, 2009

Amendment 687    Mikulski’s amendment to substitute is under cloture and will be considered after other amendments today if Senator Reid has his way..All details from the Congressional Record.

Amendments to 687:

[Sen. Craper] 688 to increase borrowing authority of Federal Deposit Corporation  (rejected 49 – 48)   and ruled out of order by Chair to establish a Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.   (The amendment was said to violate section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.)

[Sen Dorgan] 691 to modify certain provisions relating to Native Americans) Section 129(d) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (as amended by section 1306) is amended by striking ‘‘and to nonprofit organizations seeking to operate a national  service program in 2 or more of those States’’ and inserting ‘‘, to nonprofit organizations seeking to operate a national service program in 2 or more of those States, and to Indian tribes’’. Section 193A(b)(23) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 (as amended by section 1704(1)) is amended by striking ‘‘and collect information on challenges facing Native American communities’’ and inserting ‘‘collect information on challenges facing Native American communities, and designate a Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs to be responsible for the execution of those activities under the national service laws’’.  (agreed to by unanimous vote)

[Baucus-Grassley] 692 to establish a Nonprofit Capacity Building Program.    (agreed to by unanimous vote)

[Sen. Ensign]  Amendment 715 to Amendment 692 :

To clarify that nonprofit organizations assisted under the Nonprofit Capacity Building Program include certain crisis pregnancy centers, and organizations that serve battered women or victims of rape or incest  (tabled 56 – 41 as an unnecessary and possibly divisive amendment)

[ Sen Johanns]  693 to ensure that organizations promoting competitive and non-competitive sporting events involving individuals with
disabilities may receive direct and indirect assistance to carry out national service programs.  (agreed to by unanimous vote after modifications.)

Modifications:  On page 115, line 15, strike ‘‘1 percent’’ and insert ‘‘2 percent’’. On page 115, line 20, strike ‘‘$10,000,000’’ and insert ‘‘$20,000,000’’. On page 213, after line 21, insert the following:  (b) AMENDMENT.—Subtitle F of title I is further amended by inserting after section 184 the following:  ‘‘SEC. 184A. AVAILABILITY OF ASSISTANCE. ‘‘A reference in subtitle C, D, E, or H of title I regarding an entity eligible to receive direct or indirect assistance to carry out a national service program shall include a non-profit organization promoting competitive and non-competitive sporting events involving individuals with disabilities (including the Special Olympics), which enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities.’’.


[ Sens. Shaheen/Gregg] 712 To provide that an Education Corps may carry out activities that provide music and arts education and engagement) In section 122 (a)(1)(B) of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, as amended by section 1302 of the bill, insert at the appropriate place the following:  ‘‘(ll) providing skilled musicians and artists to promote greater community unity through the use of music and arts education and engagement through work in low-income communities, and education, health care, and therapeutic settings, and other work in the public domain with citizens of all ages;’’.    (agreed to by unanimous vote)

[Sen. Thune] 716 to express the sense of the Senate regarding the Federal income tax deduction for charitable giving)  (tabled 56 – 41, to be discussed on the 26th.)

[Sen. Landrieu] 717 to add a foster care program to the national service corps programs)  (agreed to by unanimous vote)

Senator Reid asked for cloture on the Amendment 687, acknowledging that there was still a need to vote on the Thune amendment.)

Senator Mikulski’s argument for not considering some amendments as presented was often that it was a matter of time or of not varying from the amendment submitted by the House.  Here is a sample of here response:

Ms. MIKULSKI. It is a matter of expeditingthe time. We are reviewing your amendment, which is a sense of the   Senate. We are viewing it from not only a policy standpoint but with this arrangement of discussing issues with
the House. It is more of a time management issue than a content issue.

Other amendments were submitted.  I am now looking to see what they are and will add to a new post.  I know who made them, but not what they are.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 March, 2009 21:15

    If this is mandatory–surely some American someplace will be cross.

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