H.Res. 323: H.R. 1684 – Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

 

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 8 to 3 on Tuesday May 8, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION:

MANAGERS: MATSUI/DIAZ-BALART, LINCOLN

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES.  382

[Report No. 110-136]

 

 

H.R. 1684 – Department of Homeland Security Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

  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 except for 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 Homeland Security 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 except for those arising under clauses 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 or 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. 1684) to authorize appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2008, 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 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 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. 1684 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 TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)  

1. Thompson, Bennie (MS):

 

Manager's Amendment. The amendment adds reporting requirements, revises annuitant provisions, and requires a GAO report on law enforcement retirement systems.  The amendment also adds a provision related to travel efficiency. The amendment also strikes some provisions of the bill.

 (10 minutes)

2. Davis, Tom (VA):

 

This amendment removes section 407 of the bill, which requires that identification cards, uniforms, protective gear, and badges of Homeland Security personnel be manufactured in the United States.

 (10 minutes)

3. Langevin (RI):

 

The amendment directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Disability Coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security to enter a cooperative agreement with the National Organization on Disability (NOD) to carry out NOD's Emergency Preparedness Initiative.

 (10 minutes)

4. Andrews (NJ):

 

The amendment provides up to 14 days per calendar year of job protection for volunteer emergency service personnel who respond to a Presidentially-declared disaster in an official capacity.  Any individual discriminated against in violation of the provision may seek redress in court.

 (10 minutes)

5. Brown, Corinne (FL):

 

The amendment would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security, in awarding grants under the Urban Area Security Initiative, to consider the number of tourists that have visited an urban area in the two years preceding the year the Secretary awards the grant.

 (10 minutes)

6. Castle (DE):

 

The amendment requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to study foreign rail security practices that are not currently used in the U.S. and submit a report on recommendations for implementing such practices within one year of enactment.

 (10 minutes)

7. Hastings (FL):

 

Establishes a FEMA long-term recovery office in Florida.  Three years following enactment, FEMA is required to report to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to evaluate effectiveness of the recovery office.

 (10 minutes)

8. Flake (AZ):

The amendment would strike Section 1102, Critical infrastructure study.

 (10 minutes)

9. Stupak (MI):

 

The amendment requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to issue a report to Congress outlining the resources currently devoted to Integrated Border Enforcement Teams (IBETs) and making recommendations on how to improve the effectiveness of the IBET program.

 (10 minutes)

10. Hastings (WA)/Reichert (WA)/Dicks (WA):

Requires the Department of Homeland Security's strategic plan to include a plan for fulfilling existing National Laboratory infrastructure commitments to maintain current capabilities and mission needs.

 (10 minutes)

11. Kucinich (OH):

 

The amendment will authorize FEMA to conduct a comprehensive study of the increase in demand for FEMA's emergency response and disaster relief services as a result of weather related disasters associated with global warming during the next 5, 10, and 20 years.  The assessment will include an analysis of the budgetary and manpower implications of meeting such increased demand for FEMA services.

 (10 minutes)

12. Rothman (NJ):

 

This amendment clarifies the intent of Congress that the Department of Homeland Security may not pre-empt any state's more stringent chemical security regulation, standard, or requirement.

 (10 minutes)

13. Rothman (NJ):

 

The amendment requires the Secretary of DHS to report to Congress on how to coordinate and protect the infrastructure in the area between Port Elizabeth and Newark International Airport in New Jersey.

 (10 minutes)

14. Sherman (CA):

 

This amendment would require that the Section 605 Risk Analysis Process and the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Risk Assessment include analyses of government efforts to inform the public of the appropriate ways to prepare for, and respond to, a CBRN incident, including civil defense efforts.

 (10 minutes)

15. Terry (NE):

 

The amendment requires the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to consult with states prior to sharing information on forthcoming grant awards, including when sharing information with the U.S. Congress.

 (10 minutes)

16. Mica (FL):

 

Amends section 1102(a) (critical infrastructure study) to require that the Secretary of Transportation, in addition to the Secretary of Homeland Security as is in the original bill, work with the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events to evaluate the feasibility and practicality of creating further incentives for private sector stakeholders to share protected critical information with the Department of Transportation in addition to the Department of Homeland Security, as is in the original bill.

 (10 minutes)

17. Cardoza (CA):

 

The amendment expresses the Sense of the Congress that efforts to achieve local, regional and national interoperable emergency communications in the near term should be supported and are critical in assisting communities with their local and regional efforts to properly coordinate and execute their interoperability plans.

 (10 minutes)

18. Van Hollen (MD):

 

Requires DHS to use such funds necessary to take all necessary actions to protect the security of personal information submitted electronically to the DHS website for the Travelers Redress Inquiry Program and other websites for the Department related to the program.

 (10 minutes)

19. Castor (FL):

 

Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to work with the State of Florida and other States, as appropriate, to resolve the differences between the Transportation Worker Identification Credential and existing access control credentials.

 (10 minutes)

20. Lampson (TX):

This amendment will allow an Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security to authorize his or her staff to provide assistance on and conduct reviews of the inactive case files, or “cold cases” involving children or offenders outside the US, stored at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and to develop recommendations for further investigations.

 (10 minutes)

21. Royce (CA):

The amendment would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to implement at primary inspection points at U.S. ports of entry the Stolen and Lost Travel Document database managed by Interpol.

 (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Thompson, Bennie (MS):

2. Davis, Tom (VA):

3. Langevin (RI):

4. Andrews (NJ):

5. Brown, Corinne (FL):

6. Castle (DE):

7. Hastings (FL):

8. Flake (AZ):

9. Stupak (MI):

10. Hastings (WA)/Reichert (WA)/Dicks (WA):

11. Kucinich (OH):

12. Rothman (NJ):

13. Rothman (NJ):

14. Sherman (CA):

15. Terry (NE):

16. Mica (FL):

17. Cardoza (CA):

18. Van Hollen (MD):

19. Castor (FL):

20. Lampson (TX):

21. Royce (CA):