H.R. 3150 - Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001

FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED AS AMENDED BY VOICE VOTE
ON AGREEING TO THE AMENDMENT 379-50
ON ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION ON THE AMENDMENT 218-207
MANAGERS: REYNOLDS/HASTINGS (FL)
107th Congress
1st Session

Wednesday, October 31, 2001

H.R. 3150 - Secure Transportation for America Act of 2001

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

4. Waives all points of order against such amendments.

5. 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. 3150) to improve aviation security, 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. The bill shall be considered as read. 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.

 


SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT ACCOMPANYING THE RESOLUTION

(summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsors)

Young (AK) - Manager's Amendment. Extends the $1.5 billion authorization into FY 2003; authorizes airlines to use technology to create a trusted passenger program to expedite the security process for them and allow the screeners to focus on those who should be subject to more extensive examination; amends the Stabilization Act to clarify that deferred compensation does not preclude the airline's eligibility for the financial assistance provided by the Act; establishes guidelines for transportation of medical items that cannot be opened or x-rayed; modifies the Stabilization Act to allow a different method for assessing the compensation share of the air medical industry; establishes preference for laid off airline workers in screener hiring; improves identification or verification of status of armed individuals; requires airports receiving financial aid to work with airport restaurants, shops, and other concessionaires on rent adjustments to account for their loss of revenue; allows oversized musical instruments to be carried on planes notwithstanding restrictions on carry-on baggage subject to such other reasonable terms such as additional payment; allows airline caterers to share with the airports in the $1.5 billion authorization to cover the additional security costs that they have been incurring since 9/11; expresses the sense of Congress urging the FAA to continue negotiation in good faith with their flight service specialists with a goal of reaching agreement on a contract as soon as possible; expresses the sense of Congress that the FAA should implement section 202 of the Stabilization Act so as to make war risk insurance available to vendors, agents, and subcontractors of general aviation aircraft; expresses the sense of Congress that airlines that have a contract with the Postal Service to carry the mail should carry any animal that the Postal Service allows to be shipped through the mail; extends liability language in the Stabilization Act to manufacturers; requires retroactive background checks for screeners and airport employees; strengthens existing language in the bill on the screening of checked baggage; requires airlines to provide seating an off duty air marshal who is returning home on a flight to the airport nearest the marshal's home at no cost to the marshal or the federal government if the marshal is returning home after completing his security duties; allows, in FY 2002, a privately-owned airport terminal to receive an AIP grant to help pay off a bond if DOT determines that such a grant is necessary to prevent a default on the bond; requires airlines to honor tickets of bankrupt airlines to the extent practicable; gives otherwise qualified pilots a preference for hiring; requires screeners to demonstrate fitness for duty each day; deputizes screeners; changes name to Airport Security Federalization Act; requires that a system is in place to screen all checked baggage no later than December 31, 2003, and cargo as soon as practical. (20 minutes)

Oberstar - Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute. Incorporates the text of S. 1447, as passed by the Senate. Makes major improvements in all aspects of aviation security, and requires that the screening of passengers and their baggage at the 140 largest airports be conducted by federal employees. Also makes security improvements regarding checked baggage, airfield security, Federal Air Marshals, cockpit security, anti-hijack training, and funding. (60 minutes)


TEXT OF AMENDMENTS PRINTED IN THE REPORT ACCOMPANYING THE RESOLUTION