H.R. 2389 - Pledge Protection Act of 2005

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday July 18, 2006.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 257-168 AFTER CONSIDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 224-200 on Wednesday July 19, 2006.

MANAGERS: GINGREY/HASTINGS(FL)

109th Congress
2nd Session

H.RES. 920

[Report No. 109-577]

 

 

H.R. 2389 – PLEDGE PROTECTION ACT of 2005

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Majority Leader and Minority Leader or their designees.

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

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

5. Provides that the amendments printed in the report 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.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

7. 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. 2389) to amend title 28, United States Code, with respect to the jurisdiction of Federal courts over certain cases and controversies involving the Pledge of Allegiance. 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 Majority Leader and Minority Leader or their designees. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the bill 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. 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.

 

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SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

1. Watt (NC) #3:
Preserves the authority of the United States Supreme Court to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, the Pledge of Allegiance, as defined in section 4 of title 4, or its recitation.(10 minutes)

2. Jackson-Lee (TX) #2
Requires that Federal courts have jurisdiction when free exercise of religion is violated due to coerced or mandatory recitation of the Pledge. (10 minutes)

3. Akin (MO) #1:
Adds language making it explicit that the Act is effective immediately and applies to all pending and future litigation. (10 minutes)

 

 

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1. Watt (NC) #3:

2. Jackson-Lee (TX) #2:

3. Akin (MO) #1: