H.Res. 254: H.R. 1227 - Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Wednesday March 19, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 228-190 on Thursday March 20, 2007.

MANAGERS: WELCH/DIAZ-BALART, LINCOLN

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES. 254

[Report No. 110-53]

 

H.R. 1227 – Gulf Coast Hurricane Housing Recovery Act of 2007

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Financial Services.
  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 Financial Services now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.  The bill as amended shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of further amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill as amended.
  6. No further amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in Part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. Provides that the further amendments made in order in Part B 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. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

 

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. 1227) to assist in the provision of affordable housing to low-income families affected by Hurricane Katrina.  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 chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Financial Services.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.  The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read.  All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules.  Each further 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 further 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, as amended, to the House with such further 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. During consideration in the House of H.R. 1227 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

Part A

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

The amendment would replace the Section 101(a) provision transferring $1.175 billion in FEMA hazard mitigation funds to CDBG funds for use by the State of Louisiana with a provision prohibiting FEMA from disapproving or restricting use of such FEMA funds based on Louisiana Road Home features which provide a penalty for families that do not agree to live in the state, and which exempt seniors from this penalty. The amendment would also extend Section 101(b) reporting requirements to require all 4 states that received Supplemental CDBG funds related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita provide quarterly reports with information on fund use. It would provide that certain reports be sent to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and Senate Homeland Security Committee. The amendment would modify Section 103(c) to provide that the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA) will reimburse the City of New Orleans for city expenses related to the pilot program, and to enhance consulting requirements to ensure that NORA and the City have a coordinated development plan. It would change the 3-month extension of the DVP program to a provision that simply authorizes such sums as are necessary for that extension. The amendment would also direct the GAO to do a study of the number of households that were receiving federal rental housing assistance related to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that were wrongfully or erroneously terminated, and to estimate how many of such households would be income eligible for Section 8 voucher assistance. The amendment would change administration of reimbursement of Title IV funds from HUD to FEMA.  It clarifies that Section 305 vouchers are only for areas impacted by Katrina and Rita.  It would also make technical changes to more properly refer to the program, and to ensure landlords are not receiving double reimbursements. The amendment would make payment of insurance claims under Title V FHA Treatment of Non-conveyable Properties provision subject to appropriations in advance and addresses other scorekeeping issues.  The amendment provides that no funds authorized in the Act may be used to lobby or retain a lobbyist to influence Federal, State or local entities of officers. The amendment caps outlays under section 102, which has the effect of eliminating problems arising under PAYGO.  

TEXT OF PART A

 

Part B

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

1. Brown, Corinne (FL): The amendment would provide those receiving housing vouchers with additional comparable funds for utilities. (20 minutes)

2. Brown, Corinne (FL) #12: The amendment would provide two deadlines for residents to indicate their intent to return as well as two reoccupancy deadlines: October 1, 2007 and December 1, 2007. The amendment would also require HANO/HUD to assist tenants with negotiating early termination of their current leases. (20 minutes)

3. Hensarling (TX): The amendment would require recipients of rental assistance under the bill to perform 20 hours per week of approved "work activities." Approved activities include work, preparation to find work, vocational education, community service, and providing child care services. Exemptions are provided for senior citizens, the disabled, those already exempt from TANF work requirements, and those who cannot access child care. (20 minutes)

4. Biggert (IL): The amendment would require that, instead of replacing all pre-Katrina public housing units, only the number of public housing units occupied pre-Katrina be replaced. (20 minutes)

5. Green, Al (TX): The amendment would extend FEMA housing assistance for evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma until December 31, 2007 and provide tenant-based rental assistance upon termination of FEMA housing assistance. (60 minutes)

6. Neugebauer (TX): The amendment would strike section 306, which authorizes funds for eligible families to continue receiving voucher assistance after the termination of the Disaster Voucher Program. (60 minutes)

7. Price, Tom (GA): The amendment would strike section 103, which eliminates the prohibition of use for match requirement. (20 minutes)

 

TEXT OF PART B: AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

1. Brown, Corinne (FL)

2. Brown, Corinne (FL) #12

3. Hensarling (TX)

4. Biggert (IL)

5. Green, Al (TX)

6. Neugebauer (TX)

7. Price, Tom (GA)