What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : (H.R. 1612) Legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs (The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks) -- On an amendment keeping in place the annual $12 million limit on funding for the PLSC, and forcing the program to expire in five years without new legislation to provide it with additional funding. (2010 house Roll Call 148)
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(H.R. 1612) Legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs (The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks) -- On an amendment keeping in place the annual $12 million limit on funding for the PLSC, and forcing the program to expire in five years without new legislation to provide it with additional funding.
house Roll Call 148     Mar 20, 2010
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

This was a vote on an amendment to legislation requiring the Interior Department to establish an office to coordinate Public Land Service Corps (PLSC) programs. The PLSC provides youth with volunteer opportunities relating to repair and restoration projects in national parks. H.R. 1612 would also officially change the name of the Corps from the "Public Lands Corps (PLC)" to the "Public Lands Service Corps (PLSC)." The bill would also remove annual $12 million limit on funding for the PLSC. 

The amendment, offered by Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT), would keep in place the annual $12 million limit on funding for the PLSC, and "sunset" the program within five years. A "sunset" refers to a requirement that a program would expire on a certain date unless new legislation is enacted to provide that program with additional funding.

Bishop urged the House to pass his amendment: "This is a very simple amendment, an easily understandable one….Number one is you continue the funding authorization that is in the current law; and, number two, you add a 5-year sunset period in there…. There is something wrong when we refuse to periodically exercise our legislative responsibility to review those things that we are currently doing….There is nothing wrong with a sunset. In fact, it should be standard fare in most of our pieces of legislation."

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) urged the House to reject the amendment: "The amendment offered by my colleague, Mr. Bishop, would not only leave the [$12 million] cap in place, but also force the program to sunset in 5 years. Madam Speaker, as we all know, when the Republicans controlled this Congress and the White House, they presided over the largest increase in Federal spending in the history of this Nation….Republicans want to cap and sunset a popular, effective, bipartisan jobs program; but when they controlled the entire Federal budget, they spent like sailors on leave."

The House agreed to the amendment by a vote of 227-180. 171 Republicans and 56 Democrats voted "yea." 179 Democrats -- including a majority of the most progressive members -- and 1 Republican voted "nay." As a result, the House included language in the PLSC bill keeping in place the annual $12 million limit on funding, and "sunsetting" the program within five years.

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