H.R. 3231 - Barbara Jordan Immigration Reform and Accountability Act of 2002

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, April 24, 2002.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED 388-34 on Thursday, April 25, 2002,
AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION 384-36.
MANAGERS: LINDER/HASTINGS (FL)
107th Congress
2nd Session

H. RES. 396
[Report No. 107-419]

H.R. 3231 - Barbara Jordan Immigration Reform and Accountability Act of 2002

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 the Judiciary.

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

4. 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.

5. Waives all points of order against the bill, as amended.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the resolution.

7. 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 division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

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

9. 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. 3231) to replace the Immigration and Naturalization Service with the Agency for Immigration Affairs, 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 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. 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

Sensenbrenner - Manager?s Amendment. Permits the Attorney General to ?buy out? certain employees to help carry out the strategic restructuring plan. Permits the Attorney General to conduct a demonstration project for five years for the purpose of changing policies or procedures regarding methods for disciplining employees that would result in improved personnel management including discipline for both employee malfeasance and nonfeasance. Requires the directors of the two immigration bureaus to design and implement a managerial rotation program so that managers have experience in all the major functions of their respective bureau and have worked in a field office and service center or border patrol sector. Strikes section 11(e) of the bill. (10 minutes)

Baldwin/Jackson-Lee/Hostettler - Requires that the Office of Children?s Affairs, within the Office of Immigration Affairs, develop a plan, to be brought before Congress on how to ensure that unaccompanied alien children are appointed independent legal counsel, consistent with current law. (20 minutes)

Jackson-Lee - Requires the General Accounting Office to conduct a study that examines whether the Bureau of Immigration Services can sustain itself as an agency if it operates with funds derived from fees, and if there is no authorized appropriations language included in the bill. (20 minutes)

Roybal-Allard - Requires the Office of Immigration Statistics to maintain statistics on denials of applications and petitions, and the reasons for those denials. (20 minutes)

Velazquez - Authorizes the Director of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to implement innovative pilot initiatives to eliminate the immigration application backlog and prevent the backlog from recurring. Encourage initiatives, such as, increasing or transferring personnel to areas with the greatest backlog, streamlining regulations and paperwork, and providing incentives for efficient and high quality work. (20 minutes)

Issa - Requires that all employees at the new Office of the Associate Attorney General for Immigration Affairs and the two new bureaus (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Bureau of Immigration Enforcement) be considered ?excepted service? or at-will employees. (20 minutes)

Lofgren/Cannon - Allows for expedited and simplified procurement of products or services. Provides that this authority lasts until 2004 and a report is required not later than one year after the end of FY2004 concerning the use of these authorities. (20 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)