Rules Committee Prevents Debate on O’Halleran FY18 NDAA Amendment

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Last night, the House Committee on Rules refused to allow Rep. Tom O’Halleran’s FY18 NDAA amendment on presidential travel costs to proceed to the floor for a full debate. The amendment garnered bipartisan support during the House Armed Services Committee’s markup of the defense appropriation bill, but failed to pass in a 31-31 tied vote.

“I am disappointed that this amendment, which would improve government transparency and strengthen oversight of taxpayer dollars, was not brought before the full House of Representatives for debate. This partisan decision underscores how Congress has grown increasingly out of touch with the American people.

“Now more than ever, we must stand up for ethics and accountability at every level of government. I will continue to work across the aisle to provide the American people with government transparency.”

The amendment would require the Department of Defense to submit reports of current and future presidential travel costs to Congress.