3:23 PM EDT

Laura Richardson, D-CA 37th

Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Chairman, I demand a recorded vote.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from California will be postponed.

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ACTING CHAIR

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to clause 6 of rule XVIII, proceedings will now resume on those amendments on which further proceedings were postponed, in the following order:

The first amendment by Mr. Dicks of Washington.

The second amendment by Mr. Dicks of Washington.

The amendments en bloc by Mr. LaTourette of Ohio.

Amendment No. 39 by Mr. Pompeo of Kansas.

Amendment No. 23 by Ms. Richardson of California.

The Chair will reduce to 5 minutes the time for any electronic vote after the first vote in this series.

AMENDMENT OFFERED BY MR.

DICKS

The Acting CHAIR. The unfinished business is the demand for a recorded vote on the first amendment offered by the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Dicks) on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote.

The Clerk will redesignate the amendment.

The Clerk redesignated the amendment.

RECORDED VOTE

The Acting CHAIR. A recorded vote has been demanded.

A recorded vote was ordered.

The vote was taken by electronic device, and there were--ayes 174, noes 237, not voting 21, as follows:

[Roll No. 658]

AYES--174

Ackerman

Andrews

Baca

Baldwin

Barrow

Bass (CA)

Becerra

Berkley

Berman

Bishop (NY)

Blumenauer

Boswell

Brady (PA)

Braley (IA)

Brown (FL)

Butterfield

Capps

Capuano

Carnahan

Carney

Carson (IN)

Castor (FL)

Chu

Cicilline

Clarke (MI)

Clarke (NY)

Clay

Cleaver

Clyburn

Cohen

Connolly (VA)

Conyers

Cooper

Costa

Costello

Courtney

Crowley

Cuellar

Cummings

Davis (CA)

Davis (IL)

DeFazio

DeGette

DeLauro

Deutch

Dicks

Dingell

Doggett

Donnelly (IN)

Doyle

Edwards

Ellison

Engel

Eshoo

Farr

Fattah

Filner

Fitzpatrick

Frank (MA)

Fudge

Garamendi

Gonzalez

Green, Al

Grijalva

Gutierrez

Hahn

Hanabusa

Hastings (FL)

Heinrich

Higgins

Himes

Hinojosa

Hirono

Hochul

Holden

Holt

Hoyer

Inslee

Israel

Jackson (IL)

Jackson Lee (TX)

Johnson (GA)

Johnson, E. B.

Kaptur

Keating

Kildee

Kind

Kissell

Kucinich

Langevin

Larsen (WA)

Larson (CT)

Lee (CA)

Levin

Lewis (GA)

Lipinski

Loebsack

Lofgren, Zoe

Lujan

Lynch

Maloney

Markey

Matheson

Matsui

McCarthy (NY)

McCollum

McDermott

McGovern

McIntyre

McNerney

Meeks

Michaud

Miller (NC)

Miller, George

Moore

Moran

Murphy (CT)

Nadler

Napolitano

Neal

Olver

Owens

Pallone

Pascrell

Pastor (AZ)

Payne

Pelosi

Perlmutter

Peters

Pingree (ME)

Polis

Price (NC)

Quigley

Rahall

Rangel

Reichert

Reyes

Richardson

Rothman (NJ)

Roybal-Allard

Ryan (OH)

Sanchez, Linda T.

Sanchez, Loretta

Sarbanes

Schakowsky

Schiff

Schwartz

Scott (VA)

Scott, David

Serrano

Sewell

Sherman

Sires

Slaughter

Smith (WA)

Speier

Stark

Thompson (CA)

Thompson (MS)

Tierney

Tonko

Towns

Tsongas

Van Hollen

Visclosky

Walz (MN)

Wasserman Schultz

Waters

Watt

Waxman

Welch

Wilson (FL)

Woolsey

Yarmuth

NOES--237

Adams

Aderholt

Akin

Alexander

Altmire

Amash

Bachus

Barletta

Bartlett

Barton (TX)

Bass (NH)

Benishek

Berg

Biggert

Bilbray

Bilirakis

Bishop (UT)

Black

Blackburn

Bonner

Bono Mack

Boren

Boustany

Brady (TX)

Brooks

Buchanan

Bucshon

Buerkle

Burgess

Burton (IN)

Calvert

Camp

Campbell

Canseco

Cantor

Capito

Cardoza

Carter

Chabot

Chaffetz

Coble

Coffman (CO)

Cole

Conaway

Cravaack

Crawford

Crenshaw

Critz

Culberson

Davis (KY)

Denham

Dent

DesJarlais

Diaz-Balart

Dold

Dreier

Duffy

Duncan (SC)

Duncan (TN)

Ellmers

Emerson

Farenthold

Fincher

Flake

Fleischmann

Fleming

Flores

Forbes

Fortenberry

Foxx

Franks (AZ)

Frelinghuysen

Gallegly

Gardner

Garrett

Gerlach

Gibbs

Gibson

Gingrey (GA)

Gohmert

Goodlatte

Gosar

Gowdy

Granger

Graves (GA)

Graves (MO)

Green, Gene

Griffin (AR)

Griffith (VA)

Grimm

Guinta

Guthrie

Hall

Hanna

Harper

Hartzler

Hastings (WA)

Hayworth

Heck

Hensarling

Herger

Herrera Beutler

Huelskamp

Huizenga (MI)

Hultgren

Hunter

Hurt

Issa

Jenkins

Johnson (IL)

Johnson (OH)

Johnson, Sam

Jones

Jordan

Kelly

King (IA)

King (NY)

Kingston

Kinzinger (IL)

Kline

Labrador

Lamborn

Lance

Landry

Lankford

Latham

LaTourette

Latta

Lewis (CA)

LoBiondo

Long

Lucas

Luetkemeyer

Lummis

Lungren, Daniel E.

Mack

Manzullo

Marchant

Marino

McCarthy (CA)

McCaul

McClintock

McHenry

McKeon

McKinley

McMorris Rodgers

Meehan

Mica

Miller (FL)

Miller (MI)

Miller, Gary

Mulvaney

Murphy (PA)

Myrick

Neugebauer

Noem

Nugent

Nunes

Nunnelee

Olson

Palazzo

Paul

Paulsen

Pearce

Pence

Peterson

Petri

Pitts

Platts

Poe (TX)

Pompeo

Posey

Price (GA)

Quayle

Reed

Rehberg

Renacci

Ribble

Rigell

Rivera

Roby

Roe (TN)

Rogers (AL)

Rogers (KY)

Rohrabacher

Rokita

Rooney

Ros-Lehtinen

Roskam

Ross (AR)

Ross (FL)

Royce

Runyan

Ryan (WI)

Scalise

Schilling

Schmidt

Schweikert

Scott (SC)

Scott, Austin

Sensenbrenner

Sessions

Shimkus

Shuler

Shuster

Simpson

Smith (NE)

Smith (NJ)

Smith (TX)

Southerland

Stearns

Stivers

Stutzman

Sullivan

Sutton

Terry

Thompson (PA)

Thornberry

Tipton

Turner

Upton

Walberg

Walden

Walsh (IL)

Webster

West

Westmoreland

Whitfield

Wilson (SC)

Wittman

Wolf

Womack

Woodall

Yoder

Young (AK)

Young (FL)

Young (IN)

NOT VOTING--21

Austria

Bachmann

Bishop (GA)

Broun (GA)

Cassidy

Chandler

Giffords

Harris

Hinchey

Honda

Lowey

McCotter

Richmond

Rogers (MI)

Ruppersberger

Rush

Schock

Schrader

Tiberi

Velazquez

Wu

ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ACTING CHAIR

The Acting CHAIR (during the vote). There are 2 minutes remaining in this vote.

[Time: 18:29]

Mr. BARTON of Texas, Ms. SUTTON, and Mr. ROONEY changed their vote from ``aye'' to ``no.''

Mr. CARNEY changed his vote from ``no'' to ``aye.''

So the amendment was rejected.

The result of the vote was announced as above recorded.

Stated against:

3:24 PM EDT

Norm Dicks, D-WA 6th

Mr. DICKS. Section 120 provides that for 2012 through 2014, the movement of livestock across public land shall not be subject to NEPA review.

Proponents of this provision will argue that moving cattle from one location to another shouldn't require a NEPA review. However, this movement of cattle can be across wide swaths of public lands and take weeks, not just days. The impact on water, plants and other wildlife species, including bighorn sheep, can be significant.

I would like to yield to the ranking member to further discuss this amendment.

3:24 PM EDT

Jim Moran, D-VA 8th

Mr. MORAN. I thank the gentleman for yielding.

Some on the other side may be thinking, well, what's a guy from a heavily residential suburban area in the Washington area and with no cattle in his district know? So I would have thought this would have been a perfectly fine amendment: What do you need to have restrictions for livestock moving from one place to another?

But upon further investigation, what is not immediately apparent becomes very important. As the gentleman has said, we're talking about very wide swaths of land that are covered by these livestock movements, and they don't just take a few hours or a few days to cross. Sometimes they can take weeks. When you've got very large herds of cattle, you can cause quite a bit destruction to the soil, to the brush, to waterways, to any number of environmental resources in the process of major transfers

from one area to another of very large herds of cattle. There can be very substantial environmental destruction. That's why those who are involved in this feel there ought to be a NEPA review. The National Environmental Policy Act will review it, it will tell us what the ramifications will be, what are the consequences, and then

based upon that information it empowers those who have land or interests that would be adversely affected by large movements of cattle from one place to another. That's why the NEPA review has an appropriate place and role to play in this, and that's why I think the gentleman's amendment makes a lot of sense and I would support it.

3:27 PM EDT

Mike Simpson, R-ID 2nd

Mr. SIMPSON. Referring my remarks to the Chairman, I've got to get the gentleman from Virginia on a horse out with some cattle.

Mr. Chairman, I rise in opposition to this amendment. ``Trailing'' is the process of moving a livestock herd from one grazing area to another. It generally doesn't take weeks. It certainly doesn't take weeks in the same location. You're moving from one location to another. Trailing has no significant impact on the environment, so [Page: H5614]

while in the past it has been generally considered part of the process of grazing on public lands, the BLM has rarely conducted

environmental assessments on or issued permits for trailing itself, focusing instead on the impacts of grazing.

Recently--and this is the problem and this is why this amendment is before us--environmental activists that want to get cattle off of public lands, and they have a right to try to do this--I disagree with them--have focused their attention on trailing as a way to shut down grazing on public lands.

Congress, not the courts, has the authority to determine public land policies, and today responsible grazing is an important and legitimate use of public lands. Unfortunately, because activists have tied local BLM offices up in knots with litigation, judges are now determining how public lands can be used in the West.

This provision--and this is the important part--attempts to get ahead of this issue by exempting trailing from NEPA requirements for 2011 through 2014. The Forest Service on their grazing permits require permits on trailing. The Forest Service does. The BLM has not in the past. But, instead, these litigations are tying this up in knots. The BLM is going through a process to include trailing when they issue their grazing permits, so that the NEPA process on trailing will be included. The problem

is between now and when they get that completed, we're going to be in court spending all our money in court rather than getting this process moving forward.

We're not opposed to requiring NEPA process on trailing permits just like the Forest Service does, but what this does is exempt this through 2014 while BLM, for lack of a better term, gets their act together. That's all this does.

I yield back the balance of my time.

[Time: 15:30]