H.R. 22 - Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act

COMMITTEE ACTION:  REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Monday, July 25, 2005.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, July 26, 2005
MANAGERS: SESSIONS/HASTINGS(FL)
109th Congress
1st Session

H. RES. 380
[Report No. 109-184]

H.R. 22 - Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act

 

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 Government Reform.

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 Government Reform 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 Government Reform.

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.

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. 22) to reform the postal laws of the United States. 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 Government Reform. 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 Government Reform 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 amendment sponsors)

1. Pence #7
Removes the requirement that the first vacant slot on the Board of Governors is to be filled by and individual with unanimous backing by the labor unions. Currently, the Board of Governors consists of 9 members (with no more than 5 from the same party). (20 minutes)

2. Flake #3
Establishes a domestic pilot program to empower local postmasters to employ their experience and management expertise, absent the restrictions of the Postal Service's monopolies on first class mail delivery and the use of postal mailboxes, to test certain fundamental assumptions relating to the provisions of universal mail service in the United States. (20 minutes)

3. Hensarling #9
Reduces the bill's cost by ensuring that 100% of the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) savings released under H.R. 22 will be directed to pay the Postal Service's unfunded healthcare liability, instead of it flowing to the Postal Service for its own use. In addition, the responsibility for paying the CSRS costs associated with military service credits will remain with the Postal Service instead of reverting back to the Treasury.
(20 minutes)

4. Jackson-Lee #12
Establishes a Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Board Pilot Program within the Postal Service to monitor and enforce claims of abuse that will call for congressional review after three years. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1. Pence #7
2. Flake #3
3. Hensarling #9
4. Jackson-Lee #12