H.R. 534 - Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday, February 26, 2003.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday, February 27, 2003.
MANAGERS: MYRICK/MCGOVERN
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 534 - Human Cloning Prohibition Act of 2003

1. Structured Rule.

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

3. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

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

5. Provides that the amendments made in order 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, and shall not be subject to amendment.

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

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. 534) to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit human cloning. 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. The bill shall be considered as read. No amendment shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each 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, and shall not be subject to amendment. 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 PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. Scott - Provides for a study by the General Accounting Office (GAO) to assess the need (if any) for amendment of the prohibition on human cloning. GAO must report its finding to Congress within 2 years. (10 minutes)

2. Stearns - Expresses the Sense of the Congress that other nations should establish equivalent prohibitions on cloning. (10 minutes)

3. Greenwood/Deutsch/Degette/Kirk/Eshoo/Schiff - Substitute. Defines human somatic cell nuclear transfer with the intent to initiate a pregnancy as a criminal act subject to criminal and civil penalties. Makes it illegal to ship or transport the products of human somatic cell nuclear transfer if the products will be used to initiate a pregnancy. Criminal penalties include imprisonment of up to 10 years. Civil penalties include fines up to $10,000,000 or 2 times the pecuniary gain from cloning. Provides for forfeiture of equipment, other property and any monetary gains from human cloning. Requires all individuals or companies who plan to perform human somatic cell nuclear transfer to register with the Food and Drug Administration. Requires all research be conducted with Institutional Review Board oversight and with informed consent of the donors of the cells to be used. Protects other uses of somatic cell nuclear transfer - including cloning of molecules, DNA, cells, or tissues. Protects in vitro fertilization, the administration of fertility-enhancing drugs, or the use of other medical procedures to assist a woman in becoming or remaining pregnant. Requires a study by the Institute of Medicine on the properties of embryonic, fetal and adult stem cells. Preempts future state laws that are different from the federal cloning law or prohibit protected types of research. Sunsets 10 years after enactment. (60 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Greenwood/Deutsch/Degette/Kirk/Eshoo/Schiff

2. Scott