Notice of Action: H.R. 3159 - Ensuring Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act of 2007; Conference Report to Accompany H.R. 2272 - America COMPETES Act; H.R. 3161 - Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA...; H.Res. 600

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

9:55 P.M.

H.R. 2272                   

Science and Technology   

Conference Report to accompany the 21st Century Competitiveness Act of 2007   

The Committee granted, by a voice vote, a rule providing for the consideration of the conference report to accompany the bill H.R. 2272 to invest in innovation through research and development, and to improve the competitiveness of the. The rule waives all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration.  The rule also provides that the conference report be considered as read.

H.R. 3159                   

Armed Services

The Ensuring Military Readiness Through Stability and Predictability Deployment Policy Act of 2007

The Committee granted, by a vote of 7 to 2, a closed rule providing one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the provisions in the bill, as amended.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  Finally, the rule provides that the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

H. Res. 600               

Rules 

Providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules

The Committee granted, by a voice vote, a rule authorizing the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules at any time through the legislative day of Friday, August 3, 2007 on the following measures:

(1) The bill (H.R. 3087) to require the President, in coordination with the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior military leaders, to develop and transmit to Congress a comprehensive strategy for the redeployment of United States Armed Forces in Iraq; and 

(2) A bill to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 to establish a procedure for authorizing certain electronic surveillance.

H.R. 3161                   

Appropriations 

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs, 2008

 

The Committee granted, by a vote of 8 to 4, a structured rule providing for further consideration of the bill (H.R. 3161) making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2008, and for other purposes.  The rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read and that no further debate on any pending amendment shall be in order.  The rule provides for further general debate not to exceed 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Appropriations.  The rule provides that the amendments printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.  No further amendment shall be in order except those printed in part B of the Rules Committee report.  The rule provides that each amendment printed in part B of the report 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 a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  The rule waives all points of order against such amendments except for clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

The rule further provides that after the motion that the Committee rise has been rejected on a legislative day, the chair may entertain another such motion on that day only if offered by the Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations or the Majority Leader.   It also provides that after a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill has been rejected, the Chair may not entertain another such motion during further consideration of the bill.