H.Res. 1071: H.R. 4847 - United States Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Wednesday April 2, 2008.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday April 3, 2008.

MANAGERS: Sutton/Hastings (WA)  

110th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES. 1071

[Report No. 110-563]

 

H.R. 4847 – Fire Administration Reauthorization Act of 2008

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that, in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  1. 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, 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.
  1. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report except for those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  1. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

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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. 4847) to reauthorize the United States Fire Administration, 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 except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  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 Science and Technology.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  In lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology now printed in the bill, 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 printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  That amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules. 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, 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 except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  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 amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. 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.

            Sec. 2.  During consideration in the House of H.R. 4847 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART A TO BE MADE IN ORDER AS ORIGINAL TEXT

            The amendment in the nature of a substitute makes changes to the findings in the bill, including changes to reflect 2006 statistics of fire deaths, injuries, and property losses.  For each fiscal year, the amendment removes the specific authorization for activities pertaining to section 8 of the original Federal Fire and Prevention Control Act (PL 93-498) regarding research, development, and standards activities.  In section 4 of the bill, regarding National Fire Academy Training Program Modifications and Reports, the amendment changes the type of organization the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration (“USFA”) is authorized to contract with to deliver USFA training from organizations that “comply with national voluntary consensus standards” to organizations that “prepare fire service personal to meet national voluntary consensus standards for fire service personnel.”  It changes the type of organization the Administrator is authorized to enter into contracts with from an organization that “operates a fire service training program accredited by a national recognized accreditation organization” to organizations that provide “training that leads to certification by a program accredited by a nationally recognized accreditation organization.”  It changes amends section 4 of the bill to provide that the incident command training course for fires at ports should not relate to border and port security.  Finally, the amendment changes language requiring USFA to maintain an Internet database to strike “fire-related research” and substitute U.S. Fire Administration “funded activities to advance new knowledge and best practices in firefighting.”

Text of Amendment in Part A

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

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1. Pascrell (NJ):

The amendment would provide that the National Fire Academy Training Program could train fire service personnel in response, tactics, and strategies for dealing with national catastrophes, including terrorist-caused national catastrophes and incidents that involve weapons of mass destruction.

 (10 minutes)

2. Sali (ID):

The amendment directs the Administrator, in collaboration with relevant Federal agencies and departments, to develop and provide information and training to such agencies and departments on the importance of clearing biomass in wildland areas of Federal lands to promote the safety of firefighters.

 (10 minutes)

3. Langevin (RI):

The amendment is a non-binding resolution demonstrating congressional support for the adoption of fire sprinklers in commercial buildings.  This amendment also would demonstrate congressional support for educational programs that raise awareness of the importance of installing fire sprinklers in residential buildings.

 (10 minutes)