H.Res. 437: H.R. 2317 – Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007H.R. 2316 – Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 7 -4 on Wednesday May 23, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 224-197 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 224-195 on Thursday May 24, 2007.

MANAGERS: CASTOR/DREIER

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES.  437

[Report No. 110-167]

 

 

H.R. 2317 – Lobbying Transparency Act of 2007

H.R. 2316 – Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007

  1. Provides a closed rule for H.R. 2317.
  2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report, shall be considered as adopted.
  5. Provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
  6. Waives all points of order against the bill, as amended.
  7. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  8. Provides a structured rule for H.R. 2316.
  9. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
  10. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  11. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  12. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment except for those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  13. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  14. 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.
  15. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clauses 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  16. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  17. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question for H.R. 2317 or H.R. 2316, the Chair may postpone further consideration of either bill to a time designated by the Speaker.
  18. Amends the Rules of the House governing Member and staff attendance at charitable events.  

 

RESOLUTION

            Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 2317) to amend the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 to require registered lobbyists to file quarterly reports on contributions bundled for certain recipients, and for other purposes.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary 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.  The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against the bill, as amended, are waived.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary; and (2) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Sec 2.  Upon 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. 2316) to provide more rigorous requirements with respect to disclosure and enforcement of lobbying laws and regulations, 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 the Judiciary.  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 the Judiciary 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 part B of the report of the Committee on Rules.  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. 3.  During consideration of H.R. 2317 or H.R. 2316 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of either bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

            Sec. 4.  Subparagraph (3)(Q) of clause 5(a) of rule XXV is amended to read as follows:

            “(Q) Free attendance at an event permitted under subparagraph (4).”.

 

Summary of Amendment IN PART A Considered as Adopted

          The amendment provides that the statement which a covered registered lobbyist is required to provide to the recipient must include a notification that the recipient has the right to respond to the statement to challenge and correct any information included before the registered lobbyist files the report.

TEXT OF PART A

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors) 

1. Conyers (MI):

 

Manager's Amendment. This amendment would make technical corrections to the text of the bill.  In addition, it would permit Members to omit personally identifiable information not required to be disclosed on the reports posted on the Internet by the Clerk.

 (10 minutes)

 

 

2. Dreier (CA):

 

The amendment adds language passed by the House as part of H.R. 4975 in the 109th Congress amending the post-employment restrictions contained in section 207(e) of title 18, United States Code.  The amendment would direct the Clerk, in consultation with the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, to inform a Member, officer, or employee who is subject to the post-employment restrictions on lobbying contacts contained in that section of the beginning and ending dates of the restriction. The Clerk must also inform each office of the House to which the restriction applies of the restriction. The amendment also adds a new provision directing the Clerk to place the information on its public Internet site in a format that is searchable, sortable, and downloadable.

 (10 minutes)

 

 

3. Abercrombie (HI):

 

This amendment places a one-year ban on flag and general officers of the Armed Services from receiving compensation from any company that does greater than $50 million in business with the Department of Defense. This ban will take place 120 days from the enactment of the legislation.

 (10 minutes)

 

 

4. Castle (DE)/Platts (PA):

 

Amendment states that it is the sense of Congress that the use of a family relationship by a lobbyist who is an immediate family member of a Member of Congress to gain special advantages over other lobbyists is inappropriate.

 (10 minutes)

 

5. Cardoza (CA):

This amendment gives judges the discretion to increase the sentence for public officials convicted of bribery, fraud, extortion or theft of public funds greater than $10,000.  If a public official was convicted of one of the enumerated crimes, a sentencing judge would have the discretion to double the length of a sentence (up to two years) for those public officials.  Public officials are defined as Federal, State, or local elected officials; Presidential appointees; or a State or local official appointed by an elected state or local official.

 (10 minutes)

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS IN PART B MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors) 

1. Conyers (MI):

2. Dreier (CA):

3. Abercrombie (HI):

4. Castle (DE)/Platts (PA):

5. Cardoza (CA):