Notice of Action: H.R. 3962; H.R. 3961

Saturday, November 7, 2009 (Legislative Day of November 6, 2009)

1:45 A.M.

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H.R. 3962 

Energy and Commerce; Education and Labor; Ways and Means

Affordable Health Care for Act

H.R. 3961

Energy and Commerce; Ways and Means

Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009

The Committee granted, by a record vote of 6 to 4, a rule providing for consideration H.R. 3962, the Affordable Health Care for America Act, under a structured rule.  The rule provides four hours of debate in the House to be equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means, and the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and Labor.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.

The rule provides that the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report, perfected by the modification printed in part B of the report, shall be considered as adopted.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions of the bill, as amended and provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

The rule makes in order the further amendment printed in part C of the Rules Committee report if offered by Representative Stupak of Michigan or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 9 of rule XXI, shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question.  The rule makes in order the further amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part D of the Committee report, if offered by Representative Boehner of Ohio or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, shall be considered as read, and shall be separately debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions, which shall be considered as read.

The rule provides that during consideration of an amendment printed in the Committee report accompanying this rule, the Chair may postpone the question of adoption as though under clause 8 of rule XX.

The rule also provides for consideration of H.R. 3961, the Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act of 2009 under a closed rule.  The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI, and provides that the bill shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions of the bill.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  The rule provides that in the engrossment of H.R. 3961, the Clerk shall add the text of H.R. 2920, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 3961.No