WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday night to limit the amount of ammunition the Department of Homeland Security can purchase.
The amendment – first proposed to the Homeland Security spending bill by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. – passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 234-192.
“Over the past year, many questions have been raised about vast purchases of ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security,” Meadows said in a statement. “Earlier this year, we learned that DHS solicited bids for 1.1 billion rounds of ammunition. This is more than ten times the amount that the department purchased in fiscal year 2012. Given current inventory, DHS has nearly 4,000 rounds for each employee trained and certified in firearms use.”
Meadows’ amendment prohibits Homeland Security from entering into new ammunition contract purchases until the report is submitted to Congress.
“Prior to committing taxpayer dollars for ammunition contracts, we must ensure that government agencies justify the necessity and cost to both Congress and the American people,” Meadows said.
Homeland Security has been blamed by some lawmakers for the shortage of ammunition in stores.
The Washington Times reports that Meadows’ amendment still needs to be approved by the full House as an addition to the Homeland Security spending bill before going to the Senate.