H.Res. 1253: H.R. 6003 - Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY  VOICE VOTE on Monday June 9, 2008.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY RECORD VOTE 227-187 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY RECORD VOTE 227-185  on Tuesday June 10, 2008.

MANAGERS: Matui/Sessions

110th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES. 1253

[Report No. 110-703]

 

H.R. 6003 – Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008

  1. Structured rule.
  1. Provides one hour of general debate, with one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  2. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  3. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.
  4. Waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  5. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  6. 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.
  7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  9. 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. 6003) to reauthorize Amtrak, 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 Transportation and Infrastructure.  After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule.  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 recommended by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure now printed in the bill.  The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read.  All points of order against the committee 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 the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution.  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 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 committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  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. 6003 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 AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

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1. Oberstar (MN):

Manager's Amendment. Would provide that none of the funds may be used to employ workers in violation of section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act; and requires the Secretary of Transportation to conduct a study on ways to streamline compliance with National Historic Preservation Act requirements for federally funded railroad infrastructure projects.  It also contains provisions regarding the Northeast Corridor.  It requires studies regarding the expansion of the South Central High-Speed Rail Corridor to Memphis and to far south Texas .  It requires proposals for building station stops for the proposed high-speed rail system in the Northeast Corridor.  It also would authorize intercity passenger rail grants to be used for bicycle access into rolling stock and would provide bicycle racks in trains.  Finally, it makes technical corrections to the bill.

 (30 minutes)

2. Davis, Tom (VA)/Van Hollen (MD)/Hoyer (MD):

Would authorize the Transportation Secretary to make grants to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to finance in part the capital and preventive maintenance projects included in the Capital Improvement Program approved by the Board of Directors of the Transit Authority.  It would prohibit funds to the Transit Authority unless the Authority ensures its rail customers have access to any services provided by any licensed wireless provider that notifies the Authority of its intent to offer services to the public.

 (10 minutes)

3. Smith, Adam (WA):

Would require Amtrak to engage in good faith discussions, with commuter rail entities and public transportation authorities operating on the same trackage owned by a rail carrier as Amtrak, with respect to routing and timing of trains to efficiently move a maximal number of commuters, intercity, and passenger rail passengers, particularly during peak times of commuter usage.  It also would require such discussion with respect to the expansion and enhancement of commuter rail and regional rail public transportation service.

 (10 minutes)

4. Sessions (TX):

Would prohibit funds from being used for the long distance Amtrak route with the highest cost per seat/mile according to Amtrak's March 2008 monthly performance report unless the Secretary has transmitted a waiver for this route or a portion of it because the Secretary considers it critical to homeland security.

 (10 minutes)

5. McCarthy (NY):

Would add to the passenger rail system comparison study a request to study train horn technology, with an emphasis on reducing train horn noise and its effect on local communities.

 (10 minutes)

6. Flake (AZ):

Would remove section 104 of the bill ( Baltimore tunnel project).

 (10 minutes)

7. Murphy, Christopher (CT):

Would express support for commuter rail service between New Haven, CT, and Springfield, MA .  It would encourage Amtrak to cooperate with state Departments of Transportation to expand commuter rail service on that line.  Amtrak shall report to Congress and the Transportation Departments of Connecticut and Massachusetts on the total cost of uncompleted infrastructure maintenance on the rail line between New Haven and Springfield .

 (10 minutes)

8. Murphy, Patrick (PA)/Schwartz (PA)/Holt (NJ):

Would require Amtrak, within one year of enactment, to report to Congress on the results of an evaluation of passenger rail between Cornwells Heights, PA, and New York City, NY, and between Princeton Junction, NJ, and New York City, NY, to determine whether to expand passenger rail service by increasing the frequency of stops or reducing commuter ticket prices for this route.

 (10 minutes)