H.Res. 319: H.R. 1495 – Water Resources Development Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday April 18, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday April 19, 2007.

MANAGERS: MATSUI/HASTINGS(WA)

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES.  319

[Report No. 110-100]

 

H.R. 1495 – Water Resources Development Act of 2007

  1. Structured rule.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate, with one hour equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 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 committee amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  6. Makes in order only 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. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  10. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

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. 1495) to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, 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 chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  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 Transportation and Infrastructure 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 9 or 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.

            Sec. 2. During consideration in the House of H.R. 1495 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

1. Oberstar (MN):
Manager's Amendment. 
The manager's amendment authorizes and modifies several Corps of Engineers' projects and studies for flood control, navigation, and environmental restoration.  (10 minutes)

2. Boswell (IA):
The amendment provides the Rathbun Regional Water Association with a right of first refusal to purchase water supply storage from the Corps of Engineers at Rathbun Lake, Iowa.  (10 minutes)

3. Rohrabacher (CA):
The amendment permits ports to levy a fee on containers and use that fee to pay for security and infrastructure at the ports.  (10 minutes)

4. Stupak (MI):
The amendment would ensure that all harbor maintenance is funded based on FY2004 standards, regardless of the amount of tonnage a harbor handles.  Current U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ policy excludes from the Corps’ budget harbors that do not meet a minimum requirement for the amount of tonnage handled.  (10 minutes)

5. Blumenauer (OR)/Welch (VT):
This amendment would strike section 2036 of the legislation and replace it with language directing the Secretary of the Army to update the principles and guidelines that the Army Corps of Engineers uses in the formulation, evaluation, and implementation of water resources projects. The amendment would require the Secretary to consult with other agencies and the public in developing the new principles and guidelines.  (10 minutes)

6. Kirk (IL):
The amendment authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out a small dam removal or rehabilitation project if it will improve the quality of the environment or is in the public interest.  It requires a non-Federal cost-share of 35% for any construction and 100% for operation and maintenance. It authorizes $25,000,000 for this program with no more than $5,000,000 to be used for any one project.  (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1. Oberstar (MN):

2. Boswell (IA):

3. Rohrabacher (CA):

4. Stupak (MI):

5. Blumenauer (OR)/Welch (VT):

6. Kirk (IL):