H. Res. 617: H.R. 3081 - Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 8-2 on Wednesday,  July 8, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 223 – 200 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 217 – 187 on Tuesday, July 9, 2009.

MANAGERS: Cardoza/Diaz-Balart

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 617

[Report No. 111-193]

 

H.R. 3081 - Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, 2010

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI.
  1. Makes in order the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, and the amendments printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules.
  1. Provides that each such amendment may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be 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 in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  1. All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. 
  1. Provides that the amendments printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading.
  1. Provides that for those amendments reported from the Committee of the Whole, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without demand for division of the question. 
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  1. Provides that after consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate, which shall be controlled by the proponent. 
  1. Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee.
  1. 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). 
  1. Provides that during consideration of the bill, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting.

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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. 3081) making appropriations for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2010, 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 Appropriations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. Points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, except as provided in section 2, no amendment shall be in order except: (1) the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution; and (2) the amendments printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. Each such amendment may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be 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 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 and except that an amendment printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading. 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. In the case of sundry amendments reported from the Committee, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without division of the question. 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. After consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate, which shall be controlled by the proponent.

 Sec. 3. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his 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. 4. During consideration of H.R. 3081, 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 AMENDMENT IN PART A PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

Description

 

1. Lowey (NY)

(Revised) Would increase funding for safe water and sanitation programs ($25M); democracy programs ($10M); implementation of the U.S.-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality ($300,000); maternal health programs ($10M); and oversight of Department of State and USAID programs ($8M).  These additions would be offset by reductions to the Department of State Capital Investment Fund and USAID’s Capital Investment Fund.  The amendment would also restrict Foreign Military Financing Program funding for Sri Lanka and restrict first-class travel by employees of agencies funded by this Act. 

 

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

Sponsor

Description

 

1. Broun (GA)

Would reduce discretionary funding in the bill by 5 percent.

 

2. Buyer (IN)

Would reduce funding for: Diplomatic and Consular Programs by $1.2 billion; Operating Expenses for USAID by $330 million; and Global Health by $670 million. This would reflect FY2009 enacted funding levels.

 

3. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

Would prohibit funds in the bill from being made available for the one-time special educational, professional, and cultural exchange grants program, reducing the cost of the bill by $8 million.

 

4. Granger (TX)

Would prohibit funds in the bill from being used by the Secretary of the Treasury to negotiate an agreement in contravention of certain provisions of law.

 

5. Lewis, Jerry (CA)

Would reduce the total amount of Title V funding in the bill, Multilateral Assistance, by $505,896,000.

 

6. Stearns (FL)

Would reduce the amount appropriated to the Peace Corps (Independent Agencies) by $76,560,000 to match the President's request of $373,440,000.

 

7. Weiner (NY)

Would strike Presidential waiver authority on the blocking of aid to Saudi Arabia.