The House Appropriations Committee voted late Wednesday to limit the amount of ammunition collected by the Department of Homeland Security.
The amendment, added by Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., withholds taxpayer-based funds for ammunition until a report on use and purchase history is submitted to Congress. New DHS contracts would halt if the bill is signed into law, beginning in 2014.
The bill passed 243-192 in a partisan vote and must still be approved by a full House vote.
The amendment was added after rumors of the DHS buying ammunition to increase shortage, increase prices and fighting citizens sparked paranoia among lawmakers and Second Amendment advocates.
"This is a responsible amendment, which ensures that Congress and the American people are aware of the necessity and the cost of ammunition prior to entering into new contracts for procurement." Meadows said.
Rep. John Carter. R-Texas, rejected the amendment, arguing it was unnecessary and would interrupt the regular procurement process at the DHS. He added the department has disproved reports of its bulk ammunition purchases and claims that it stockpiled bullets to increase shortage.
Nick Nayak, a DHS procurement officer, said the ammunition is used for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and to train federal law officers.
Late amendments to the bill on Wednesday night also concern immigration policy, stripping funds from cities that might harbor illegal immigrants and weakening the 287(g) program. The 287(g) program became especially controversial in 2010 after the arrest of undocumented student Jessica Colotl who faced deportation.