H.R. 5682 - United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006

COMMITTEE ACTION:  REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday July 25, 2006. 
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 311-112 on Wednesday July 26, 2006.

MANAGERS: BISHOP(UT)/HASTINGS(FL)

109th Congress
2nd Session

H.RES. 947

[Report No. 109-599]

 

 

H.R. 5682 - United States and India Nuclear Cooperation Promotion Act of 2006

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 International Relations.

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 International Relations now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.

5. Provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment and shall be considered as read.

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

7. Provides that the amendments printed in part B of the report 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.

8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee 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. 5682) to exempt from certain requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 a proposed nuclear agreement for cooperation with India. 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 International Relations. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on International Relations now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment and shall be considered as read. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. 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, as amended, to the House with such further 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.

PART A - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

The amendment considered as adopted by the rule represents the Committee on Rules’ judgment on the matters within its jurisdiction contained in the bill. The amendment states that the joint resolution of approval of a nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and India shall be considered under the same expedited procedures that a joint resolution of disapproval would be considered for similar cooperation agreements as prescribed by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Provisions of the Atomic Energy Act, including the computation of days as continuous days of session. The amendment preserves the requirement of Congressional approval for the nuclear cooperation agreement.

TEXT OF PART A

 

PART B - SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

(Summaries of amendments derived from information provided by the sponsor) 

1. Hyde (IL)/Lantos (CA):
Manager’s amendment.
 Contains technical and conforming changes to the text. Also makes one substantive change removing an amendment adopted during the full committee markup relating to subsection 4(b)(7). (10 minutes)

2. Stearns (FL):
Reinforces the intent of Congress that the nuclear cooperation into which the governments of the United States and India would enter is for peaceful, productive purposes, not military.  (10 minutes)

3. Jackson-Lee (TX)/Burton (IN):
Sense of Congress declaring the importance of the South Asia region and urging the continuation of the United States' policy of engagement, collaboration, and exchanges with and between India and Pakistan. (10 minutes)

4. Sherman (CA):
Requires that, before any nuclear cooperation with India can go forward, and every year thereafter, the President must certify that during the preceding year India has not increased the level of domestic uranium it sends through its weapons program. Baseline for the determination under the amendment is the 365 day period preceding the July 18, 2005 Bush-Singh declaration on nuclear cooperation. (10 minutes)

5. Berman (CA):
Restricts exports of uranium and other types of nuclear reactor fuel (defined as "source material" and "special nuclear material" in the Atomic Energy Act of 1954) to India until the President determines that India has halted the production of fissile material (i.e. plutonium and highly enriched uranium) for use in nuclear weapons. (10 minutes)

6. Fortenberry (NE):
Provides Congress with the ability to assess, to the extent possible, whether annual levels of India's nuclear fissile production may imply a possible violation of Article I of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. (10 minutes)

 

PART B - TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS

1. Hyde (IL)/Lantos (CA):

2. Stearns (FL):

3. Jackson-Lee (TX)/Burton (IN):

4. Sherman (CA):

5. Berman (CA):

6. Fortenberry (NE):