H. Res. 610:H.R. 2965 - Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday,  July 7, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 236 - 187 on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.

MANAGERS: Polis/Foxx

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 610

[Report No. 111-192]

 

 

H.R. 2965 - Enhancing Small Business Research and Innovation Act of 2009

 

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Small Business and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. 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.
  8. Provides that the proponent of any such amendment may modify its amendatory instructions.
  9. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  10. Provides for the reporting to the House of the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended, and the ordering of the previous question on the bill and amendments except one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  11. Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Small Business or her designee.
  12. Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII). 
  13. Provides that during consideration of H.R. 2965, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

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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. 2965) to amend the Small Business Act with respect to the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, 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, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Small Business and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. In lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in the bill, 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. The proponent of any such amendment may modify its amendatory instructions before the question is put thereon. 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.  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.

            Sec. 2. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Small Business or her designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

            Sec. 3. During consideration of H.R. 2965, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Velázquez (NY)

Would (1) authorize the Small Business Administration to establish a program to provide matching grants to minority serving educational institutions to develop programs that encourage minority participation in SBIR/STTR programs; (2) give priority to applications from companies located in areas that have lost a major source of employment; (3) increase the maximum allowable award under Phase I of the SBIR program with respect to applications by veteran owned and controlled small businesses, increase the maximum allowable award under Phase II of the SBIR program with respect to applications by veteran owned and controlled small businesses, and permit small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans to bypass Phase I and apply directly for Phase II awards; (4) add language to require agencies to report specific reasons why those agency SBIR/STTR goals were or were not achieved, (5) provide special consideration in the awarding of SBIR funds to projects which address renewable energy technologies; (6) require that veterans be given priority when applying for SBIR and STTR awards; (7) require the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop a SBIR solicitation that requests research proposals for improving the efficiency of water delivery systems and usage patterns in the US and its territories; (8) expand outreach and support activities to Native American-owned small businesses; (9) prioritize SBIR outreach and support activities for areas with high unemployment, and give preference to SBIR and STTR award applications submitted by small businesses located in areas with high unemployment; and (10) make technical corrections to the legislation.

(30 minutes)

2. Brown-Waite (FL)

Would require GAO to examine and report to Congress on the effect that the venture capital ownership restrictions in Section 102 (venture capital operating companies investment in small businesses) have on eligibility and participation under this act.

(10 minutes)

3. Kosmas (FL)

Would require commercialization programs established by agencies with space shuttle related activities to include efforts to help small businesses affected by the termination of the space shuttle program commercialize technologies through SBIR.

(10 minutes)

4. Reichert (WA)/
Smith, Adam (WA)

Would give preference to organizations that are located in underrepresented states and regions, or are women-, service-disabled veterans- or minority-owned when awarding grants for Small Business Administration (SBA) outreach efforts authorized under Title III (rural development and outreach).

(10 minutes)

5. Paulsen (MN)

Would add medical technology to the list of topics that deserve special consideration as SBIR research topics.

(10 minutes)