Notice of Action: H.R. 2996

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

9:55 P.M.

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H.R. 2996

Appropriations

Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010

The Committee granted, by a record vote of 8-3, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2996, the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.  The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule XXI. 

The rule makes in order the following amendments: (1) the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report; (2) the amendments printed in part B of the report; (3) not to exceed three of the amendments printed in part C of the report, if offered by Representative Flake of Arizona or his designee; (4) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part D of the report, if offered by Representative Campbell of California or his designee; and (5) not to exceed one of the amendments printed in part E of the report, if offered by Representative Hensarling of Texas or his designee

The rule provides that each such amendment shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, 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.   The rule also provides that the amendments printed in part B, C, D, or E of the report may be offered only at the appropriate point in the reading. 

The rule provides that for those amendments reported from the Committee of the Whole, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without intervening demand for division of the question.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 

The rule provides that after consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations or their designees each may offer one pro forma amendment to the bill for the purpose of debate, which shall be controlled by the proponent.  The rule provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Appropriations or his designee and that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).  Finally, the rule provides that during consideration of H.R. 2996, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting under clause 6 of rule XVIII and clauses 8 and 9 of rule XX.