H.Res. 449: Conference report to accompany H.R. 1735 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016; H.R. 3457 – Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 8-3 on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.
FLOOR ACTION:  ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 241-181 AFTER ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 237-180 on Friday, October 1, 2015.

MANAGERS:Polis/Byrne

114th Congress

1st Session

Rule

H.RES. 449

Report No. 114-273

 

Conference report to accompany H.R. 1735 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016

H.R. 3457 - Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act 

  1. Closed rule for H.R. 3457.
  2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
  4. Provides that the amendment printed in the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.
  6. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  7. Section 2 provides for consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 1735, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016.
  8. Waives all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration.
  9. Provides that the conference report shall be considered as read.
  10. Provides that the previous question be considered as ordered without intervention of any motion except one hour of debate and one motion to recommit if applicable.
  11. Debate on the conference report is divided pursuant to clause 8(d) of rule XXII.
  12. Section 3 provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of October 1, 2015, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules and that the Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

 

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 3457) to prohibit the lifting of sanctions on Iran until the Government of Iran pays the judgments against it for acts of terrorism, and for other purposes. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. The amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs; and (2) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Sec. 2. Upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider the conference report to accompany the bill (H.R. 1735) to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2016 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. All points of order against the conference report and against its consideration are waived. The conference report shall be considered as read.

The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the conference report to its adoption without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate; and (2) one motion to recommit if applicable.

Sec. 3. It shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of October 1, 2015, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule XV. The Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO H.R. 3457 PROPOSED TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

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Meehan (PA)

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SUBSTITUTE Prohibits the President from providing Iran with sanctions relief - and therefore implementing the nuclear agreement- until he certifies to Congress that Iran has paid compensation to American victims of its terrorism who have successfully obtained judgments in U.S. courts. The amendment refines the legal/technical descriptions of what constitutes "lifting of sanctions" (to ensure that it covers the full range of potential sanctions waivers connected with the nuclear deal) and the universe of "certain judgments" subject to the bill (to ensure that it captures all appropriate judgments against Iran since the 1996 "state sponsor of terrorism" amendment to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act)