What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Adequate Funding for Homeland Security : (H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would have prohibited funds provided by a Homeland Security bill from being used for new leases of buildings in the District of Columbia (2011 house Roll Call 405)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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(H.R. 2017) On an amendment that would have prohibited funds provided by a Homeland Security bill from being used for new leases of buildings in the District of Columbia
house Roll Call 405     Jun 02, 2011
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This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) that would have prohibited funds provided by a Homeland Security bill from being used for new leases of buildings in the District of Columbia. This amendment was offered to legislation authorizing annual funding for Homeland Security Department programs.

Gohmert urged support for his amendment: “Now, in the District of Columbia right now, the federal government had exactly 304 leases at the start of this year. These leases cover more than 23.6 million square feet. This bureaucracy has grown beyond the bounds of being reasonable. The federal government, in addition to the 23.6 million square feet that it leases, also owns 109 buildings in the District of Columbia…The 23.6 million square feet come at a cost of around a billion dollars every year to the taxpayer. Here we are in financially troubling times, and we need to send a message back to America we know you're tightening your belts. We know that States and municipalities are having to tighten their belts, and we get it here, also.”

Rep. David Price (D-NC) opposed the amendment: “ If adopted, this amendment, as I read it, would or could do several things. First of all, it would not allow DHS to renew leases in the Washington, D.C., area, which means the leases would lapse, leaving DHS employees without offices to work in, and subjecting the Federal Government to lawsuits because the lessors would have no choice but to begin litigation for damages, to include costs to evict and lost rent. The amendment might require DHS to break current construction contracts due to a lack of funds if a new purchase or lease is required….This amendment would prevent, as I read it, rebuilding if a new construction contract was required as part of that rebuilding, as of course it might well be….This is not a well-advised or wise amendment. It's far-reaching. It has negative implications. I urge its rejection.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 199-224. Voting “yea” were 196 Republicans and 3 Democrats. 185 Democrats and 39 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have prohibited funds provided by a Homeland Security bill from being used for new leases of buildings in the District of Columbia.

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