4:35 PM EDT
Rodney Frelinghuysen, R-NJ 11th

Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN. Madam Chairman, I must oppose the amendment as authorizing on an appropriations bill.

I share the gentleman's support for the Corps of Engineers' participation in beach replenishment projects that provide protection from coastal storms for individuals and businesses. Coming from a State with 137 miles of shoreline, I too understand the importance of these projects to local, regional, and our national economy.

The amendment offered, however, would add authorizing language to the Energy and Water bill; therefore, it is subject to a point of order.

So while I am sympathetic to the gentleman's intent, I must oppose the amendment and insist on my point of order. [Page: H4817]

The Acting CHAIR. Does any other Member wish to speak to the point of order?

If not, the Chair is prepared to rule.

The Chair finds that the amendment proposes directly to change existing law.

As such, it constitutes legislation in violation of clause 2(c) of rule XXI.

The point of order is sustained.