H.R. 436 - To Reduce Waste, Fraud and Error in Government Programs

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, February 9, 1999.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, February 24, 1999.
MANAGERS: SESSIONS/HALL
106th Congress 
1st Session
H.RES. 43
[Report No. 106-014]

H.R. 436 – THE GOVERNMENT WASTE, FRAUD AND ERROR REDUCTION ACT OF 1999

1. Open rule.

2. Waives section 303 of the Congressional Budget Act (prohibiting consideration of legislation providing new budget authority or contract authority for a fiscal year until the budget resolution for that fiscal year has been agreed to) against the consideration of the bill.

3. Provides one hour of general debate to be equally divided between the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Government Reform.

4. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read.

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

6. Allows for the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to postpone votes during consideration of the bill, and to reduce votes to five minutes on a postponed question if the vote follows a fifteen minute vote.

7. 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. 436) to reduce waste, fraud, and error in Government programs by making improvements with respect to Federal management and debt collection practices, Federal payment systems, Federal benefit programs, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. Points of order against consideration of the bill for failure to comply with section 303 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 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 Government Reform. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. 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. The chairman of the Committee of the Whole may: (1) postpone until a time during further consideration in the Committee of the Whole a request for a recorded vote on any amendment; and (2) reduce to five minutes the minimum time for electronic voting on any postponed question that follows another electronic vote without intervening business, provided that the minimum time for electronic voting on the first in any series of questions shall be 15 minutes. 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.