Of the dozens of amendments to the House Continuing Resolution which saw a vote late last week, two stood out. First, amendment number 466, proposed by Texas Representative Ted Poe, was approved by a vote of 249 to 177. The amendment would prohibit funds from being used by the Environmental Protection Agency to implement and enforce any requirements or issue permits for stationary source emissions of six pollutants that cause smog and global warming.
Another of the amendments that failed muster was offered by Wisconsin Representative Ron Kind. It would have prevented payments from the Commodity Conservation Corporation to the Brazilian Cotton Institute. The cessation of CCC payments would have violated a condition of an agreement with Brazil and the WTO, jeopardizing the suspension of trade retaliation by Brazil. The original agreement provides an opportunity to conduct consultations and bring about an orderly adjustment of U.S. programs to comply with WTO obligations.