H.Res. 403: H.R. 2655 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013; H.R. 982 - Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 223-194 AFTER ORDERING THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 224-195 on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.

MANAGERS: Hastings/Woodall

113th Congress
1st Session

Rule

H.RES. 403

Report No. 113-264

 

H.R. 2655 - Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2013

H.R. 982 - Furthering Asbestos Claim Transparency (FACT) Act of 2013

  1. Closed rule for H.R. 2655.
  2. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
  3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read.
  4. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.
  5. Provides one motion to recommit.
  6. Structured rule for H.R. 982.
  7. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.
  8. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read.
  9. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill.
  10. Makes in order only those 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.
  11. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.
  12. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

 

RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 2655) to amend Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to improve attorney accountability, 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 and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary; and (2) one motion to recommit.

Sec. 2. 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. 982) to amend title 11 of the United States Code to require the public disclosure by trusts established under section 524(g) of such title, of quarterly reports that contain detailed information regarding the receipt and disposition of claims for injuries based on exposure to asbestos; 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 the Judiciary. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. No amendment to the bill 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. 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.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Sponsor

#

Description

Debate Time

1. Cohen (TN)

#1

Exempts from the bill asbestos trusts with internal antifraud procedures

(10 minutes)

2. Nadler (NY)

#2

Protects public health and safety by adding a requirement that any party seeking payment information from a trust must also make available information relevant to such action that pertains to public health or safety.

(10 minutes)

3. Jackson Lee (TX)

#3

Applies the transparency rules in the bill equally to asbestos industry defendants by requiring asbestos companies to report information about the location of their asbestos-containing products and provides an exception for trade secrets.

(10 minutes)