H. Res. 457: H.R. 2352 - Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday,  May 19, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE HOUSE BY A RECORD VOTE OF 247-175 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 244 - 175, 1 PRESENT on Wednesday May 20, 2009

 

MANAGERS: Polis/Foxx

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 457

[Report No. 111-121]

 

H.R. 2352 - Job Creation Through Entrepreneurship Act of 2009

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Small Business.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Small Business, now printed in the bill, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute except for clause 10 of rule XXI. This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  1. No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  1. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 2352) to amend the Small Business Act, and for other purposes.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Small Business.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Small Business now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted.  Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

1. Velázquez (NY)

Manager's Amendment making conforming grammatical and technical corrections to the legislation. Would allow the director of the Veterans Business Center program to authorize grants to veterans business centers for the purpose of providing one on one counseling or group counseling to members of the Reserve component who are small business owners on effective planning strategies to prepare their business for when they deploy as part of a contingency operation. Would require the Director of the Veterans Business Center program to certify annually to the Director of the Small Business Administration that a sufficient percentage of veterans in rural areas have adequate access to a Veterans Business Center.  If not, the Director of the Veterans Business Center program shall for one year give priority to grant applications that establish Veteran Business Centers in rural areas. Would expand the Green Technology Training to be available to all interested small businesses that qualify, including existing businesses seeking to adapt their business to include such fields. Would provide women's and veterans business centers that institute green entrepreneurial programs with access to maximum grant awards under their respective programs. Would add "strategies for increasing job placement or women in nontraditional occupations" to the required content of the annual plans to be submitted by women's business centers under the Women's Business Center Program. Would require small business development centers to provide services that assist low-income or dislocated workers to start businesses in the fields of energy efficiency, green technology, or clean technology, under the Green Entrepreneurs Training Program. Would waive matching grant requirements contained in the bill for Veterans Business Centers serving communities with a per capita income less than 75% of the national per-capita income, and an unemployment rate at least 150% higher than the national average.

(20 minutes)

2. Polis (CO)

Would include cost saving energy usage reductions as an eligible project under section 403(b) management assistance.

(10 minutes)

3. Paulsen (MN)

Would require a study by the Comptroller General to look at the effects of the legislation's efforts for veteran owned businesses. The Comptroller must also include recommendations as to how the Federal government can more effectively serve veteran owned businesses.

(10 minutes)

4. Boccieri (OH)

Would allow veterans centers to receive grants to develop specialized programs to assist unemployed veterans in becoming entrepreneurs and adds training for veterans centers to improve outreach to veterans in areas of high unemployment at the Veterans Development Summit.

(10 minutes)

5. Himes (CT)

Would require the Small Business Administrator to establish and carry out a "Microenterprise Training Center Program" for the purpose of providing low-income and unemployed individuals with training and counseling with respect to starting a microenterprise.

(10 minutes)

6. Kratovil (MD)

Would establish a Rural Entrepreneurship Advisory Council within the Small Business Administration, comprised of appropriate officials from the SBA, the rural development programs of the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Commerce and of representatives from the academic, small business, agriculture, and high-tech communities. The council is tasked with providing a report to Congress on rural entrepreneurship, and to provide ongoing advice and recommendations to foster rural entrepreneurs.

(10 minutes)

7. Murphy, Scott (NY)

Would increase the grant sizes for "initial grants” and “growth funding grants” for each veterans business center by $50,000 per year per center to $200,000 and $150,000 respectively.  In addition, the amendment would increase the authorized appropriations to carry out this subsection by $2,000,000 each per year to $12,000,000 in fiscal year 2010 and $14,000,000 in fiscal year 2011.

(10 minutes)

8. Nye (VA)

Would add a new title (Military Entrepreneurs Program) to require the Small Business Administration to establish and carry out a program to provide business counseling and entrepreneurial development assistance to members of the Armed Forces to facilitate the development of small business concerns. The amendment establishes a liaison to facilitate outreach to members of the Armed Forces with respect to business counseling and entrepreneurial development assistance.

(10 minutes)

9. Schauer (MI)

Would create a new section and authorize funding for small business development centers to assist small manufacturers that are transitioning into growth sectors.

(10 minutes)