The House recently passed the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2008 (H.R. 2829) by a vote of 240-179, with 13 members of Congress not voting. An amendment offered by Representative Brad Miller (D-NC) was among the 37 amendments to the legislation. The Miller amendment, agreed to by voice vote, would prohibit funds to be used to implement Executive Order 13422. The Executive Order, signed by President Bush, has been a contentious issue among many government watchdog groups. It “requires federal officials to show that companies, people or institutions failed to address a problem before agencies can write regulations to tackle it. It also gives political appointees greater authority over how the regulations are written.” It is unknown at this point whether the Senate will take up this issue when they consider the spending bill.


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