H.R. 1544 - Faster & Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005

COMMITTEE ACTION:  REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, May 10, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday, May 12 2005 .
MANAGERS: SESSIONS/MATSUI
109th Congress
1st Session

H. RES. 269
[Report No. 109-77]

H.R. 1544 - Faster & Smarter Funding for First Responders Act of 2005

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 Homeland Security.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Homeland Security now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Homeland Security.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

7. Provides that the amendments printed in the report may be considered 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 a 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.

9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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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. 1544) to provide faster and smarter funding for first responders, 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. 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 Homeland Security. 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 Homeland Security 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. 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. 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.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(Summaries derived from information provided by the amendment sponsor.)

Berry #12
Adds the Administrator of Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to the First Responder Grants Board. (10 minutes)

Berry #11
Requires the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate with State, local, and tribal governments in establishing criteria for prioritizing applications for first responder grants. (20 minutes)

Bass/Norwood #2
Allows States to petition the Secretary of Homeland Security to use Federal homeland security funds for the cost of any activity relating to prevention of, preparation for, response to, or recovery from acts of terrorism, that would otherwise be a Federal duty performed by Federal agencies and under agreement with the State or local government and a Federal agency. (20 minutes)

Weiner #7
Limits the number of Urban Area Security Initiative grants during any given fiscal year to 50. (20 minutes)

Castle #1
Seeks to better equip and protect our communities' firefighters. Under current law, the threat of civil liability has caused some organizations to destroy fire fighting equipment, rather than donating it to volunteer, rural, and other financially-strapped fire departments. Encourages donations by raising the liability standard for donors of fire fighting equipment from negligence to gross negligence. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT(.pdf)