H. Res. 1168: H.R. 3650 - Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2009

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Thursday March 11, 2010.
FLOOR ACTION: ADPOTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Friday, March 12, 2010.

MANAGERS: Pingree/Dreier

111th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES 1168

[Report No. 111-439]

 

H.R. 3650 - Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act of 2009

1.         Structured rule. 

2.         Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and     Technology.

3.         Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising       under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

4.         The amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be           considered as read.

5.         Waives all points of order against the bill, as amended.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of XXI (regarding earmark  disclosure).

6.         Makes in order only the amendment printed in part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution if offered by Representative Flake of Arizona or his designee.  The amendment shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7.         Waives all points of order against the amendment made in order except those arising under clause 9 and 10 of rule XXI.

8.         Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.                                                                                                                                                                   

RESOLUTION

            Resolved, That upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 3650) to establish a National Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Program, to develop and coordinate a comprehensive and integrated strategy to address harmful algal blooms and hypoxia, and to provide for the development and implementation of comprehensive regional action plans to reduce harmful algal blooms and hypoxia. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. In lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions of the bill, as amended, are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology; (2) the amendment printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules, if offered by Representative Flake of Arizona or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI, shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question; and (3) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART A PROPOSED TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

A definition for “State” was added, and the duties of the Under Secretary are clarified to ensure its role is to coordinate the efforts of the Task Force. There also is language now to encourage international information sharing; coordinate existing education programs; and assist in regional, State, tribal and local efforts. The current language also clarifies the activities under the Freshwater Harmful Algal Blooms Program and the existing NOAA programs and activities. The bill has added language that integrates all coastal and ocean monitoring and observation data. There is also a consolidation of the reporting requirements and language to ensure extramural research activities. Finally, although the top line authorization level does not change, the breakdown of the authorization of appropriations for specific programs and activities is modified.

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SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART B PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Flake, Jeff (AZ)     Would prohibit earmarking in the funds authorized for appropriations in the legislation. (10 minutes)