H.R. 2557 - Water Resources Development Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, September 23, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE, on Wednesday, September 24, 2003.
MANAGERS: HASTINGS(WA)/MCGOVERN
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 2557 - Water Resources and Development Act of 2003

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 Transportation and Infrastructure.

3. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

4. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.

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

6. Provides that the amendments printed in the report shall 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.

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

8. 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. 2557) to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, to authorize the Secretary of the Army to construct various projects for improvements to rivers and harbors of the United States, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. 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 Transportation and Infrastructure. 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 Transportation and Infrastructure 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. 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 sponsor.)

1. Young #6:
Manager’s Amendment. Makes technical and conforming changes to project-related provisions, and authorizes or modifies additional projects brought to the Committee's attention following Committee action, including: Nine projects based on Reports of the Chief of Engineers: Tanque Verde Creek, Arizona, project for environmental restoration; Peroria Riverfront, Illinois, project for environmental restoration; South River, New Jersey, project for hurricane and storm damage reduction; Jacksonville Harbor, Florida, project for navigation; Manasquan to Barneget Inlets, New Jersey, project for hurricane and storm damage reduction; Bel Marin Keys Unit V, California, project for environmental restoration; Imperial Beach, California, project for storm damage reduction; Centralia, Chehalis River, Washington, project for flood damage reduction; Gwynns Falls, Maryland, project for ecosystem restoration. Authorizes 5 small projects and modifies 10 existing projects. Authorizes 3 small projects for navigation. Authorizes 1 and modifies 1 small project for improving the quality of the environment. Authorizes 1 and modification of 1 small project for emergency streambank protection. Modifies 2 navigation projects. Modifies 1 small project for flood damage reduction. Modifies 3 flood control projects. Deauthorizes portions of 2 navigation projects. Authorizes 4 Corps of Engineers studies. (20 minutes)

2. Kind #3:
Requires the Corps to (1) fully mitigate habitat lost from the construction of Corps projects by replacing at a minimum, each acre of damaged habitat with an equivalent or superior acre of habitat; (2) complete at least 50 percent of mitigation before construction begins, with the remainder to be completed when project construction is complete (except for those limited instances where that is not physically possible); and (3) prepare detailed mitigation plans that have a high likelihood of successfully replacing lost values and that require monitoring to ensure success. (20 minutes)

3. Rohrabacher #1:
Amends language which permits ports to collect tonnage fees for local harbor purposes, by permitting such fees to be collected on a per container basis and permitting the funds collected to be used for security purposes or for infrastructure projects within or outside the harbor that are for transportation to, from, or through the harbor. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Young

2. Kind