H. Res. 1500: Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 4899) making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Thursday, July 1, 2010.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 215-210 on Thursday, July 1, 2010.

MANAGERS: McGovern/Dreier

111th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES 1500

[Report No. 111-522]

 

Providing for consideration of the Senate amendments to the bill (H.R. 4899) making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes.

  1. Provides for the consideration of the Senate amendments to H.R. 4899.
  1. Makes in order a motion by the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations to concur in the Senate amendment to the text with each of the five House amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. 
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the motion except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that the Senate amendments and the motion shall be considered as read.
  2. Provides that the motion shall be debatable for one hour and 30 minutes as follows: 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations; then 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by Representative Lee of California or her designee and an opponent; and then 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by Representative McGovern of Massachusetts or his designee and an opponent.
  3. Provides that the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except that the question of adoption of the motion shall be divided among the five House amendments, with the first portion of the divided question considered as adopted.
  4. Provides that if the remaining portions of the divided question fail of adoption, then the House shall be considered to have rejected the motion and to have made no disposition of the Senate amendment to the text.
  1. Provides that upon adoption of the motion specified in the first section of this resolution the Clerk shall engross the action of the House under that section as a single amendment; and  a motion that the House concur in the Senate amendment to the title shall be considered as adopted.
  1. Allows the chair of the Committee on Appropriations to insert in the Congressional Record not later than July 3, 2010, such material as he may deem explanatory of the Senate amendments and the motion specified in the first section of this resolution.
  1. Provides that House Resolution 1493 is hereby adopted.
  1. Amends the time periods in clause 10 of rule XXI to align with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the Speaker's table the bill (H.R. 4899) making emergency supplemental appropriations for disaster relief and summer jobs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, and for other purposes, with the Senate amendments thereto, and to consider in the House, without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI, a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee that the House concur in the Senate amendment to the text with each of the five House amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. The Senate amendments and the motion shall be considered as read. The motion shall be debatable for one hour and 30 minutes as follows: 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations; then 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by Representative Lee of California or her designee and an opponent; and then 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by Representative McGovern of Massachusetts or his designee and an opponent. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to final adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except that the question of adoption of the motion shall be divided among the five House amendments. The first portion of the divided question shall be considered as adopted. If the remaining portions of the divided question fail of adoption, then the House shall be considered to have rejected the motion and to have made no disposition of the Senate amendment to the text.

            Sec. 2. Upon adoption of the motion specified in the first section of this resolution --
            (a) the Clerk shall engross the action of the House under that section as a single amendment; and
            (b) a motion that the House concur in the Senate amendment to the title shall be considered as adopted.

            Sec. 3. The chair of the Committee on Appropriations may insert in the Congressional Record not later than July 3, 2010, such material as he may deem explanatory of the Senate amendments and the motion specified in the first section of this resolution.

            Sec. 4. House Resolution 1493 is hereby adopted.

            Sec. 5. Clause 10(a) of rule XXI is amended to read as follows:

            ``(a)(1) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c), it shall not be in order to consider any bill, joint resolution, amendment, or conference report if the provisions of such measure affecting direct spending and revenues have the net effect of increasing the on-budget deficit or reducing the on-budget surplus for the period comprising either -
            ``(A) the current year, the budget year, and the four years following that budget year; or
            ``(B) the current year, the budget year, and the nine years following that budget year.
            ``(2) The effect of such measure on the deficit or surplus shall be determined on the basis of estimates made by the Committee on the Budget relative to baseline estimates supplied by the Congressional Budget Office consistent with section 257 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 and consistent with sections 3(4), 3(8), and 4(c) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.
            ``(3) For the purpose of this clause, the terms `budget year,' `current year,' and `direct spending' have the meanings specified in section 250 of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, except that the term `direct spending' shall also include provisions in appropriation Acts that make outyear modifications to substantive law as described in section 3(4)(C) of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010.''.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT #1 TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED
Text of Amendment #1  

The amendment pays for settlement of the Cobell v. Salazar and Pigford v. Vilsack class action lawsuits.  Second, the amendment will allow local Workforce Investment Boards to expand youth jobs programs that were funded in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and support over 350,000 jobs for youth ages 14 to 24 through youth employment programs.  The amendment would make two changes to title IV, the “Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2010,” of the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act.  First, it would distribute the Projects of National and Regional Significance (PNRS) and National Corridor Infrastructure Improvement (National Corridor) program funding so that each State receives a share equal to the greater of either (1) the amount of PNRS and National Corridor program funding that the State received under the HIRE Act or (2) the amount of PNRS and National Corridor funding that the State receives under this Act.  The provision authorizes such sums as may be necessary from the Highway Trust Fund to provide these amounts.  Second, the amendment would distribute “additional” highway formula funds (which the bill makes available in lieu of additional congressionally-designated projects) among all of the highway formula programs rather than among just six formula programs.  Third, the amendment incorporates the President’s 2011 Budget proposal to require a minimum 10-year term for Grantor-Retained Annuity Trusts.  It also would require that the value of the remainder interest must be greater than zero and that the annuity not decrease during the first 10 years of the GRAT term.  Finally, in 2008, Congress enacted a $1.01 per gallon tax credit for the production of biofuel from cellulosic feedstocks in order to encourage the development of new production capacity for biofuels that are not derived from food source materials.  This provision would limit eligibility for the tax credit to fuels that are not highly corrosive.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT #2 TO BE MADE IN ORDER
Text of Amendment #2  

Obey - The amendment adds $10 billion for an Education Jobs Fund, $4.95 billion for Pell Grants, $701 million for border security, $180 million for innovative technology energy loans, $163 million for schools on military installations, $142 million in additional Gulf Coast oil spill funding, $50 million in emergency food assistance, and $16.5 million to build a new soldier processing center at Fort Hood.  In order to hold the total amount to the President’s requested level over a ten-year period, the amendment includes $11.7 billion in rescissions from programs that no longer require the funding, have sufficient funds on hand, or do not need the funding this year or next, and $4.7 billion in savings from changes to mandatory programs. In total, the amendment saves the Federal Government $493 million over ten years compared to the President’s request.  The amendment also provides $538 million for program integrity investments that are proven to produce 1½ times that in savings.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT #3 TO BE MADE IN ORDER
Text of Amendment #3  

The amendment would strike military funding for Afghanistan from the bill.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT #4 TO BE MADE IN ORDER
Text of Amendment #4   

Lee (CA), Ellison (MN), Woolsey (CA), Grijalva (AZ), Farr (CA), Watt (NC), Jackson Jr.(IL), Clarke (NY), Rangel (NY), Cummings (MD), Delahunt (MA), Serrano (NY), Watson (LA), Stark (CA), McGovern (MA), Kucinich (OH), Bennie Thompson (MS), Danny Davis (IL), Baldwin (WI), Nadler (NY) Loretta Sanchez (CA), Donna Edwards (MD),Conyers (MI), and Kagen (WI) 

The amendment would begin to end the war in Afghanistan by preventing an escalation of troops in Afghanistan and by limiting funding to the safe withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT #5 TO BE MADE IN ORDER
Text of Amendment #5

McGovern-Obey-Jones (NC) The amendment would require the president to present Congress with 1) a new National Intelligence Estimate on Afghanistan by January 31, 2011 and 2) a plan by April 4, 2011 on the safe, orderly and expeditious redeployment of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, including a timeframe for the completion of the redeployment.  The amendment also requires Congress to vote by July 2011 if it wants to allow the obligation and expenditure of funds for Afghanistan in a manner that is not consistent with the president’s announced policy of December 2009 to begin to drawdown troops by July 2011.   The amendment also requires quarterly reports to Congress on the status of the plan submitted to Congress and strengthens and expands oversight of private contractors in Afghanistan to deal more effectively with corruption, waste, fraud and abuse.  Last, the amendment clarifies that no part of the amendment shall limit the president’s ability to attack al Qaeda, gather and share intelligence with allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or modify U.S. military strategy on-the-ground over the period of redeployment.