H.Res. 1257: H.R. 6063 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2008

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY  RECORD VOTE 9-4 on Tuesday June 10, 2008.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY RECORD VOTE 221-188 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY RECORD VOTE 226-183 on Thursday June 12, 2008.

MANAGERS: Hastings (FL)/Diaz-Balart, Lincoln

110th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES. 1257

[Report No. 110-707]

 

H.R. 6063 - National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization 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 for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Science and Technology, now printed in the bill, 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 except for clause 10 of rule XXI. This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  1. No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in 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 the report except for clauses 9 and 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. 6063) to authorize the programs of the National Aeronautics and Space 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.  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 Science and Technology 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. 6063 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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Sponsor

Description

Debate Time

1. Gordon (TN):

Includes a provision related to coordination with the FAA on sonic boom research.  It also replaces Secs. 305 and 306 with equivalent language from Secs. 903 and 905 respectively of the House-passed FAA Reauthorization, H.R. 2881.  It adds suborbital reusable launch vehicles to the list of suborbital science research platforms.  The amendment includes a sense of Congress on the value of NASA’s EarthKam and robotics competitions for inspiring students.  It also includes sense of Congress language urging NASA use entrepreneurial companies to conduct appropriate R&D and seek ways to ensure that firms that rely on fixed price proposals aren’t disadvantaged.  The amendment also includes NASA workforce-related provisions, including an extension of the RIF moratorium, a limit on the use of term positions in FY 2009, and a temporary continuation of coverage of health benefits.

 (10 minutes)

2. Rohrabacher (CA):

Expresses the sense of Congress that the U.S. should seek to obtain cooperation from other nations in discovering and monitoring near-Earth asteroids.

 (10 minutes)

3. Wu (OR):

Encourages the United States to lead confidence building measures that advance the long-term initiative for international cooperation.

 (10 minutes)

4. Wu (OR):

Expresses the sense of Congress that NASA should not dilute, distort, suppress, or impede scientific research or the dissemination thereof.

 (10 minutes)

5. Lampson (TX):

Exempts NASA from Section 526(a) of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 if the contract does not specifically require the contractor to provide an alternative or synthetic fuel or fuel from a nonconventional source, the purpose of the contract is not to obtain an alternative or synthetic fuel or fuel from a nonconventional petroleum source, and the contract does not provide incentives for a refinery upgrade or expansion to allow a refinery to use or increase its use of fuel from a nonconventional petroleum source.

 (10 minutes)

6. Arcuri (NY):

Amends Title IV, Section 407 to require the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to examine the feasibility of contracting non-federal actors to disseminate images and multi-media records delivered from space to the public as part of NASA’s participatory exploration technology plan.  Additionally, the amendment would require NASA to employ a transparent bidding process to award any such contracts, pursuant to U.S. law.

 (10 minutes)

7. DeFazio (OR):

Requires CBO to update their report from 2004 on the budgetary analysis of the NASA’s Vision for the Nation's Space Exploration Program. This report is to be completed in 6 months.

 (10 minutes)

 

8. Harman (CA)/Ehlers (MI):

(REVISED)  Expresses the sense of Congress that NASA should work with other government agencies and the aerospace industry to develop and implement policies to sustain and expand the aerospace industry workforce.

 (10 minutes)

9. Braley (IA):

Directs NASA to prioritize any existing cooperatives with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that are related to the study of tornadoes and tornado force winds with the goal of determining the nation’s ability to predict tornado events.  The amendment would also require NASA to examine if there are other areas where NASA can work with NOAA in the area of tornado research.

 (10 minutes)

10. Hodes (NH):

Establishes a scholarship program in honor of Christa McAulliffe, a teacher from Concord, New Hampshire who died in the 1986 Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.  The scholarship would go to women pursuing degrees in mathematics, science, and engineering.

 (10 minutes)

11. Yarmuth (KY):

Requires NASA to respond to recommendations in recent reports of the Government Accountability Office and the National Academy of Sciences to ensure the public has access to correct and timely research and data on global warming.

 (10 minutes)

12. Jackson-Lee (TX):

Clarifies that the NASA Outreach and Technology Assistance Program will include small, minority-owned, and women-owned businesses.  It would also give preference, in selection for the program, to socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns, small business concerns owned and controlled by service-disabled veterans, and HUBZone small business concerns.

 (10 minutes)