H. Res. 909: H.R. 3791 - Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday November 17, 2009.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 245-173 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 242-174 on Wednesday, November 18, 2009. 

MANAGERS: Pingree/Diaz-Balart

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 909

[Report No. 111-340]

 

 

H.R. 3791 - Fire Grants Reauthorization Act of 2009

                         

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Structured rule. 

2.

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

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

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Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology modified by the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

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Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).

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No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report. 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.

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Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

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Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Science and Technology or a designee.

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Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill.

                                           

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. 3791) to amend sections 33 and 34 of the Federal Fire Prevention and Control Act of 1974, 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 Science and Technology. 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 Science and Technology now printed in the bill modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against that 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 that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. 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. 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 Science and Technology 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).

                     

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART A TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

Text of the Amendment

 

Would prohibit the Director from denying an applicant solely based on the applicant failing to demonstrate that the grant will be used to prepare for or respond to a terrorism incident or use of a weapon of mass destruction. It would require the Director to publish Federal Register notices prior to accepting any grant applications instead of prior to making any grants. It also would require that reports be submitted to Congress instead of specified committees.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

Sponsor

 

Description

Debate Time

1. Titus (NV)

 

Would expand the scope of the Assistance to Firefighter Grants program to allow the purchase of equipment that reduces the use of water in fighting fires and training firefighters.

(10 minutes)

2. Perlmutter (CO)

 

Would authorize a nationwide survey to assess compliance of fire departments with certain best practices on firefighter safety. Establishes a task force of fire service industry to make recommendations to Congress on ways to increase compliance with those firefighter safety standards.

(10 minutes)

3. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

 

Would prohibit earmarking of funds appropriated under the Act.

(10 minutes)

4. Holden (PA)

 

Would make river rescue organizations eligible for funding under the definition of a rescue organization.

(10 minutes)

5. Cardoza (CA)

 

(Revised) Would require the Director to consider unemployment rates when awarding grants

(10 minutes)