H.Res. 702: H.R. 2740 - MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY  A RECORD VOTE OF 8-4 on Tuesday October 2, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 217-193 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 218 - 192 on Wednesday October 3, 2007.

MANAGERS:SUTTON/HASTINGS(WA)

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES. 702

[Report No. 110-359]

 

H.R. 2740 – MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  1. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).

                                                                                                                   

  1. Provides that no amendments shall be in order except those printed in the Rules Committee report.
  1. 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.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed the Rules Committee report except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  1. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill in the House to a time designated by the Speaker.

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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. 2740) to require accountability for contractors and contract personnel under Federal contracts, 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 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. 2740 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

Sponsor

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Description

Debate Time 

1. Conyers (MI)/Price, David (NC)/Scott, Robert (VA):

#6

Manager's Amendment.  (REVISED)  The amendment clarifies that the FBI investigate those fatalities resulting from the "potentially unlawful" use of force.  The amendment also allows the Attorney General to request assistance from other federal agencies when assigning personnel and resources to the FBI Theater Investigative Unit.  The amendment mandates that the FBI request security assistance from the Secretary of Defense in any case in which the FBI Units need adequate security. 

 (10 minutes)

2. Schakowsky (IL)

#5

(REVISED)  The amendment would require the Department of Justice to report a list of charges that have been brought against contractors and contract employees in and ; and a description of the legal actions taken by the government against contractors and contract employees in and as a result of a criminal charge or criminal investigation. 

(10 minutes)

3. Hill (IN):

#3

Would require the Director of the FBI to submit an annual written report to Congress of the progress of the Theater Investigative Units, including the number of reports received of criminal misconduct by contractors, the number of reports received of fatalities caused by contract personnel, the number of cases referred to the Attorney General, and statutory changes necessary for the Director to carry out the duties entailed by this bill. 

 (10 minutes)