House votes to delay bulk ammunition purchase by DHS

Pete Kasperowicz
The Hill

The House late Wednesday voted to stop the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from entering into new contracts to buy millions of rounds of ammunition until the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reports to Congress on the need for the ammo, and its cost.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) proposed an amendment to the DHS spending bill for 2014 that would require the report to Congress before it can pursue plans to buy 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition. Meadows said the speed bump is a necessary reaction to news of the huge purchase, which alarmed many Americans and prompted conservative groups to suspect that the government was stocking up on the rounds to fight citizens…

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UpdateHouse Action Falls Short of Blocking DHS Bullet Hoarding

…While the amendment does prevent the DHS from stockpiling ammunition, its prohibition is only a temporary one – one that is contingent upon another section of the appropriations bill.

Here’s how it works: In light of the uproar we’ve made over Homeland Security’s massive hoard of ammunition, the House – through this bill – is now requiring that the DHS submit a report (per section 567(a)) justifying and explaining its need for ammunition. This report is due before the president submits his next budget. The Meadows Amendment, then, building upon this requirement, says that until the report is submitted to Congress by the DHS, the Department may not enter into any new ammunition contracts…



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