H.R. 2765 - District of Columbia Appropriations Act, 2004

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday, Jule 24, 2003 (Legislative day of Wednesday, July 23, 2003).
FLOOR ACTION: LAID ON THE TABLE on Friday, July 25, 2003.
MANAGERS: LINDER/SLAUGHTER
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 2765 - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2004

1. Open rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.

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

4. Under the rules of the House the bill shall be read for amendment by paragraph.

5. Waives points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI (prohibiting unauthorized appropriations or legislative provisions in an appropriations bill), except as specified in the resolution.

6. Provides that the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the rule may be offered only by a Member designated in the report and only at the appropriate point in the reading of the bill, 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.

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

8. Authorizes the Chair to accord priority in recognition to Members who have pre-printed their amendments in the Congressional Record.

9. Provides that after a motion that the Committee rise has been rejected on a legislative day, the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole may entertain another such motion on that day only if offered by the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations or the Majority Leader, or a designee.

10. Provides that after a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII) has been rejected, the Chairman may not entertain another such motion during further consideration of the bill.

11. 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. 2765) making appropriations for the government of the District of Columbia and other activities chargeable in whole or in part against the revenues of said District for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2004, 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. 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 Appropriations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. Points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI are waived except as follows: beginning with ": Provided" on page 36, line 25, through page 37, line 3; page 37, line 13, through page 38, line 2; page 39, line 23, through page 41, line 14; page 42, line 23, through page 43, line 14. Where points of order are waived against part of a section, points of order against a provision in another part of such section may be made only against such provision and not against the entire section. The amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution may be offered only by a Member designated in the report and only at the appropriate point in the reading of the bill, 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 the amendment are waived. During consideration of the bill for amendment, the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole may accord priority in recognition on the basis of whether the Member offering an amendment has caused it to be printed in the portion of the Congressional Record designated for that purpose in clause 8 of rule XVIII. Amendments so printed shall be considered as read. After a motion that the Committee rise has been rejected on a legislative day, the Chairman may entertain another such motion on that day only if offered by the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations or the Majority Leader or a designee. After a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII) has been rejected, the Chairman may not entertain another such motion during further consideration of the bill. 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.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Davis, Tom (VA)/Frelinghuysen/Boehner #1:
Authorizes $10 million in new federal funding for to the District of Columbia to provide individual students up to $7,500 in scholarship funds to be used at private schools of their own choosing in the District of Columbia. Scholarship funds may be used to cover the costs of tuition, fees and transportation. All funding for the scholarship program comes from new funds. Therefore, no public, private or charter school will be drained of any funds. Scholarships are to be based on need and the tuition and fees of the new school. Priority is to be given to low-income students in low-performing schools, as identified by the No Child Left Behind Act. Eligible Students must be residents of the District, and their family income cannot exceed 185% of the federal poverty level. Participating schools may not discriminate based on race, color, national origin or gender; however, religious schools are allowed to maintain their character through their employment practices and schools that offer single-gender classes or programs may participate. Grant money is distributed to various nonprofit organizations and District government agencies that must apply to the U.S. Department of Education and demonstrate to the Secretary how they will recruit students, find participating schools and ensure that funds are used properly. The Secretary is required to conduct an evaluation of the program's progress and submit an annual and a final report to Congress. Each grantee must submit an annual report to the Secretary regarding its activities and academic achievement of the students in the program. The Secretary will then prepare for Congress a report based on the information gathered from the grantees. (40 minutes)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT(.pdf)