EDA: Summary of 2011-2012 House Floor Roll Call Votes

Posted on: July 13th, 2012 by NADO Admin

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Economic Development Administration

Summary of 2011-2012 House Floor Roll Call Votes

Updated May 11, 2012

During the 112th Congress (2011-2012), the U.S. House of Representatives has held four floor votes on funding issues related to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).  One House vote was part of the FY2011 Full Year Appropriations Act (an omnibus package of multiple appropriations bills) and the remaining three votes were part of the House floor debate on the FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill, one of the twelve annual spending bills that fund the annual discretionary programs of the federal government.  The votes included:

  • Michaud Amendment to H.R. 1, FY2011 Full Year Appropriations Act. The amendment (#22) offered by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) proposed to restore an $80 million cut to EDA as part of the long-term Continuing Resolution for FY2011 with an $80 million funding offset from the Census Bureau’s periodic census account.  The Michaud amendment was adopted with a strong bipartisan support on 305-127 vote (1 absent).  (Roll Call Vote 50, February 16, 2011)
  • Michaud Amendment to H.R. 5326, FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act.  The amendment (#1038) offered by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) proposed to restore a $38 million cut to EDA as part of the FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill with a $38 million funding offset from the Census Bureau’s periodic census account.  The Michaud amendment was defeated by a 190-218 vote (23 absent / 3 vacancies).  (Roll Call Vote 205, May 8, 2012)
  • Pompeo Amendment to H.R. 5326, FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act.  The amendment (#1039) offered by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) proposed to eliminate EDA as part of the FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.  The Pompeo amendment was defeated by a bipartisan vote of 129-279 (23 absent / 3 vacancies).  (Roll Call Vote 207, May 8, 2012)
  • Scalise Amendment to H.R. 5326, FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act.  The amendment (#1041) offered by Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) proposed to reduce the salaries and expense line items for three U.S. Department of Commerce accounts, including EDA’s operations account by $7.5 million, as part of the FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations bill.  The Scalise amendment was defeated by a vote of 174-233 (24 absent / 3 vacancies).  (Roll Call Vote 207, May 8, 2012)

Following is a summary of the voting trends and key findings.

OVERALL:  ANALYSIS OF 4 KEY EDA HOUSE FLOOR APPROPRIATIONS VOTES

  • 181 House members voted in support of the Michaud amendment to restore the proposed $38 million cut to EDA’s FY2013 budget and against the Pompeo amendment to eliminate EDA. This total includes 142 Democrats and 39 Republicans.
  • 150 House members voted in favor of EDA on all 4 key votes in 2011 and 2012, including 126 Democrats and 24 Republicans.
  • 99 House members voted against restoring EDA’s FY2013 budget to the current level, YET also opposed eliminating the agency as part of the Pompeo amendment.  This total includes 33 Democrats and 66 Republicans.
  • 62 House members voted against EDA on all 4 key votes in 2011 and 2012. All were Republicans.
  • 14 House members voted against EDA under H.R. 1 in 2011, but these same members voted in support of EDA as part of the Michaud and Pompeo amendments in 2012.
  • 9 House members voted BOTH to restore the proposed $38 million cut to EDA’s FY2013 budget as part of the Michaud amendment and to eliminate the agency as part of the Pompeo amendment.             All of these members were Republicans. (Note: One explanation may be the member wanted to reduce funding for the Census Bureau’s periodic census account.)

Michaud Amendment to H.R. 1, FY2011 full-year appropriations act

Amendment #22 by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) to restore proposed $80 million funding cut from EDA’s FY2011 budget with $80 million funding offset from the Census Bureau’s periodic census account.

  • Amendment was adopted with strong bipartisan support on 305-127 vote (1 absent) (Roll Call 50, February 16, 2011)
  • Supported Restoring EDA FY11 Funding
    • 145 of 240 Republicans (60% of Republican Caucus)
    • 160 of 192 Democrats (83% of Democratic Caucus)
  •  Opposed Restoring EDA FY11 Funding
    • 95 of 240 Republicans (40% of Republican Caucus)
    • 32 of 192 Democrats (17% of Democratic Caucus
  • Noteworthy Findings
    • House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and 8 of the 12 Appropriations subcommittee chairmen (known as the Cardinals) supported the EDA amendmen
    • Of the 50 members of the House Appropriations Committee
      • Total:  36 supported passage of EDA amendment while 14 opposed the amendment
      • 29 Republicans:  21 voted in support of EDA while only 8 opposed the amendment
      • 21 Democrats:  15 voted in support of EDA while 6 opposed the amendmen
  • Voting Records of House Freshman Class
    • Republicans
      • 49 of 86 House Republican Freshmen supported restoring EDA funding (57%)
      • 37 of 86 House Republican Freshmen opposed restoring EDA funding (43%)
    • Democrats
      • 8 of 9 House Democratic Freshmen supported restoring EDA funding

EDA amendment received second highest vote total in support of restoring funding as part of long-term FY2011 Continuing Resolution – second only to amendment to restore FEMA’s firefighter grant program. 

Michaud Amendment to H.R. 5326, FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act

Amendment #1038 by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) to restore proposed $38 million funding cut from EDA’s FY2013 budget with $38 million funding offset from the Census Bureau’s periodic census account.

  • Amendment failed in the House with a vote of 190 to 218
    • Supported Restoring EDA’s FY13 Funding
      • 48 of 242 Republicans (8 did not vote) – (19% of the caucus)
      • 142 of 190 Democrats (15 did not vote) – (74% of the caucus)
    •  Opposed Restoring EDA’s FY13 Funding
      • 185 of 242 Republicans – (19% of the caucus)
      • 33 of 190 Democrats – (16% of the caucus)
    •  Did Not Vote
      • 8 of 242 Republicans
      • 15 of 190 Democrats
      • 3 vacancies
  •  House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and 2 of the 12 Appropriations subcommittee chairmen (known as the Cardinals) supported the EDA Amendment.  Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) also supported the amendment to restore EDA’s funding.
    • Cardinals Supported: Reps. Rogers (R-KY), Rehberg (R-MT), and Latham (R-IA)
    • Cardinals Opposed: Reps. Aderholt (R-AL), Crenshaw (R-FL), Culberson (R-TX), Emerson (R-MO), Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Granger (R-TX), Kingston (R-GA), Simpson (R-ID), Wolf (R-VA), and Young (R-FL)
  •  Of the 50 members of the House Appropriations Committee
    • Total: 19 supported passage of EDA amendment while 28 opposed
    • 29 Republicans: 7 supported passage of EDA amendment while 21 opposed.  Rep. Bonner (R-AL) did not vote.
    • 21 Democrats: 12 supported passage of EDA amendment while 7 opposed and 2 did not vot
  • Voting Records of the House Freshmen Class:  There are 94 new freshman members
    • Total:  33 freshmen supported the Michaud amendment to restore EDA’s budget
    • 85 Republicans:  Only 25 Republican freshmen supported the amendment
    • 9 Democrats: 8 Democrat freshmen supported the amendment

POMPEO Amendment to H.R. 5326, FY2013 Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act

Amendment #1039 by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) to eliminate any FY2013 program funding for the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

  • Amendment failed in the House with a vote of 129 to 279 (23 did not vote)
  • Supported Elimination of EDA
    • 129 of 233 Republicans (8 did not vote) – (55% of the caucus)
    • 0 of 175 Democrats (15 did not vote) – (0% of the caucus)
  • Voted Against Eliminating EDA
    • 104 of 233 Republicans (8 did not vote) – (45% of the caucus)
    • 175 of 175 Democrats (15 did not vote) – (100% of the caucus
  • Did Not Vote
    • 8 of 241 Republicans
    • 15 of 190 Democrats
    • 3 vacancies
  • Noteworthy Findings
    • House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) and 8 of the 12 Appropriations Subcommittee chairs (known as the Cardinals) voted against the Pompeo amendment to eliminate EDA.  Ranking Member Norm Dicks (D-WA) also opposed Pompeo’s amendment.  Four of the 12 Cardinals voted to eliminate EDA.
    • 8 Cardinals Supported EDA:  Reps. Aderholt (R-AL), Crenshaw (R-FL), Emerson (R-MO), Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Latham (R-IA), Rehberg (R-MT), Simpson (R-ID), and Wolf (R-VA)
    • 4 Cardinals Voted to Eliminate EDA:  Reps. Culberson (R-TX), Granger (R-TX), Kingston (R-GA), and Young (R-FL
  • Of the 50 members of the House Appropriations Committee
    • Total:  10 voted “yes” to eliminate EDA while 37 opposed (3 did not vote)
    • Of the 29 Republicans:  10 supported passage of Pompeo’s amendment to eliminate EDA while 18 opposed.  Rep. Bonner (R-AL) did not vote.
    • Of the 21 Democrats: 19 opposed eliminating EDA and 2 did not vote.
  • Voting Records of the House Freshman Class:  There are 94 new freshman members
    • Total:  41 freshmen supported the amendment—all were Republican
    • 52 freshmen opposed Pompeo’s amendment (one freshman did not vote)
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