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Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Previewing next week’s govt. funding debate

The House and Senate return early next week to resume their negotiations on keeping the government funded through the end of the fiscal year in September. Not much has changed since last week’s passage of the latest stopgap spending bill – except, of course, for the fact that leaders now face a two-week timeline instead of three weeks ahead of their new April 8 deadline.

As The Post’s Paul Kane reports, the latest hurdle in the government funding debate isn’t a number. It’s the inclusion of scores of policy riders in the long-term budget that passed the House last month but was rejected by the Senate, along with a Senate Democratic proposal, earlier this month.

Senate Democratic leaders have opposed including riders, while House Republican leaders face the prospect of a rider-free budget rejected by the 87 members of the GOP’s freshman class.

To get a sense of the task facing congressional leaders and the White House, we decided to take a look at the policy riders in the House-passed bill.

(Note: These are only the riders that were included among the 67 amendments to the spending bill; the list does not include cuts that are part of the underlying $61 billion proposed by House Republicans.)

Social issues

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) -- #11 -- Prohibits funds from being made available for any purpose to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. or any of its affiliates.

Environmental

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) -- #84 -- Eliminates $8.4 million in funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Registry.

Rep. John Sullivan (R-Okla.) -- #94 - Prohibits funding EPA waivers for ethanol content of gasoline.

Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) -- #109 -- Bars funds for EPA guidelines on surface coal mining operations.

Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) -- #216 -- Prohibits funds from being to be used by the EPA to revoke a permit under the Clean Water Act.

Rep. David McKinley (R-W.Va.) -- #217 -- Bars funding for the EPA to regulate fossil fuel combustion waste.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) -- #108 -- Eliminates $1.5 million in funding for the Greening the Capitol program.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) -- #149 -- Prohibits the use of funds for the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Defense/foreign aid

Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) -- #2 -- Eliminates $450 million in funding for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter alternative engine program.

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) -- #126 -- Prohibits the use of funds for assistance to Saudi Arabia.

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) -- #145 -- Prohibits the use of any funds in the closure or realignment of the United States Joint Forces Command

Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.) -- # 146 -- Bars the use of Defense Department funds for parties, dinners and official functions for senior defense officials.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) -- #424 -- Prohibits U.S. military assistance to Chad due to its continued use of child conscription.

Health care

Rep. Mary Jo Emerson (R-Mo.) -- #83 -- Prohibits funds from being used to implement the individual mandate and penalties and reporting requirements of the health-care law.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) -- #267 -- Prohibits funds in the government funding resolution from being used to carry out the provisions of the national health-care law.

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) -- #575 -- Prohibits funds from being used to pay any employee, officer or contractor to implement the national health-care law.

Arts

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) -- #196 -- Eliminates $20.5 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rep. Quico Canseco (R-Tex.) -- #249 - Eliminates $4.5 million in funding for National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Education

Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) -- #154 -- Prohibits the Department of Education from enforcing the restrictions placed on Texas concerning federal education funds.

Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.) -- #214 -- Prohibits funds for the Department of Education regulations on gainful employment.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) -- #276 -- Shifts $557 million in funding from school improvement grants and teacher quality grants to IDEA educational grants for children with disabilities.

Gun control

Rep. Dan Boren (D-Okla.) -- #566 - Bars funds from being used to require manufacturers to report to the Justice Department on the sale of multiple guns to one person.

Czars

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) -- #204 -- Eliminates funding of federal agency “czars,” at an estimated savings of at least $1.5 million.

Consumer product safety

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) -- #545 - Prohibits funds from being used to carry out the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s authorization to create a consumer product safety information database.

Campaign finance

Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) -- #208 -- Prohibits the use of public funds for presidential election campaign fund or political party conventions, at an estimated savings of $40 million.

Net neutrality

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) -- #404 -- Prohibits funds from being used to implement the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules.

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