H.Res. 1620:H.R. 4785 - Rural Energy Savings Program Act

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Thursday, September 15, 2010.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 225-188 AFTER AFREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 226-186 on Thursday, September 16, 2010.  

MANAGERS: McGovern/Foxx

111th Congress 
2nd Session

H.RES 1620

[Report No. 111-594]

 

H.R. 4785 - Rural Energy Savings Program Act

1.Structured rule.

2.         Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture and by the chair and ranking minority   member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

4.         Provides that in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Agriculture now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the resolution shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the 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).

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

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

9.         Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Agriculture or his designee.

10. Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill.

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. 4785) to amend the miscellaneous rural development provisions of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 to authorize the Secretary of Agriculture to make loans to certain entities that will use the funds to make loans to consumers to implement energy efficiency measures involving structural improvements and investments in cost-effective, commercial off-the-shelf technologies to reduce home energy use. 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 amendments specified in this resolution and shall not exceed one hour equally divided among and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture and the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 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 Agriculture 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. 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. 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. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Agriculture or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

SUMMARY OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE IN PART A PROPOSED TO BE CONSIDERED AS AN ORIGINAL BILL

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

 

 

Description

 

 Text of Part A

 

The substitute for H.R. 4785 is nearly identical to the rural energy efficiency loan program language ordered reported by the Agriculture Committee on July 14, authorizing loans from the Rural Utilities Service to rural electric cooperatives for purposes of making loans to their residential and farm customers for energy efficiency measures. In addition, the substitute adds a Home Star energy efficiency loan program that is nearly identical to the energy efficiency loan program reported out by the Energy and Commerce Committee in April as part of H.R. 5019. The Home Star Energy Efficiency Loan Program authorizes loans to the States in order for States to select eligible entities to provide loans to consumers for residential energy efficiency measures.

 

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Holden (PA)

#6

(REVISED) Would clarify that loan funds under the bill may not be used to purchase manufactured homes, makes technical corrections to a Comptroller General report, prohibits provision of funds to certain contractors and makes ineligible for loans certain Federal Employees. Also requires the Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture to take steps to prevent misuse of funds. Would prohibit any additions to direct spending in regards to provisions within this Act. Would not allow an entity with an ongoing capital repayment obligation to the Treasury due to the Troubled Assets Relief Program to participate in the programs within this Act. Would ensure that funds provided under this bill would supplement and not supplant other energy efficieny funding.

(20 minutes)

2. Cuellar (TX)

#2

Would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance and technical advice to the qualified entities providing loans under this bill to increase the participation of economically distressed rural communities with unemployment rates above the national average.

(10 minutes)

3. McCarthy, Carolyn (NY)

#9

Would require that lenders providing loans under this Act give priority to active duty members of the Armed Forces and to veterans.

(10 minutes)

4. Inslee (WA)

#4

Would require the Department of Energy, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, to consider passive house retrofits when identifying qualified energy efficiency measures.

(10 minutes)