H.Res. 388: H.R. 1994 – VA Accountability Act of 2015; H.R. 3236 – Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE of 9-4 on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 243-183 AFTER ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 242-180 on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

MANAGERS:Polis/Sessions

114th Congress

1st Session

Rule

H.RES. 388

Report No. 114-234

 

 

H.R. 1994 - VA Accountability Act of 2015

H.R. 3236 - Surface Transportation and Veterans Health Care Choice Improvement Act of 2015

  1. Structured rule for H.R. 1994.
  2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
  4. Makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Veterans' Affairs now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute.
  6. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. 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.
  7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.
  8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
  9. Closed rule for H.R. 3236.
  10. Provides one hour of debate equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs.
  11. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.
  12. Provides that the bill shall be considered as read.
  13. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.
  14. Provides one motion to recommit.

 

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That at any time after 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. 1994) to amend title 38, United States Code, to provide for the removal or demotion of employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs based on performance or misconduct, 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. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs. 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 Veterans' Affairs 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. 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. 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. Upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 3236) to provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, to provide resource flexibility to the Department of Veterans Affairs for health care services, and for other purposes. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. The bill shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs; and (2) one motion to recommit.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO H.R. 1994 PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Benishek (MI), Sinema.(AZ)

2

(REVISED) Reforms and improves the VA Inspector General's ability to report on problems and problem employees at the VA. Requires the IG to release reports including employee misconduct to the public and explain what changes the VA has requested, requires the IG to identify a manager responsible for fixing an identified problem, makes it easier to fire an identified employee, and targets the bonuses of employees that fail to solve problems.

(10 minutes)

2. Takano (CA)

1

SUBSTITUTE (REVISED) Provides VA Secretary the authority to immediately suspend without pay any employee whose performance or misconduct is a threat to health or safety; ensures back pay for whistleblowers unfairly terminated, and caps the payment of administrative leave to 14 days. Makes effective date of back pay provision October 1, 2015.

(20 minutes)