Notice of Action: H. R. 4173

Thursday, December 10, 2009

11:00 A.M.

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H. R. 4173

Financial Services, Agriculture, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Rules, Budget, Oversight and Government, Ways and Means

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009

The Committee granted, by a record vote of 8-3, a structured rule providing for further consideration of H.R. 4173, “The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009.”  The rule provides that there will be no additional general debate.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.   The rule provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.  The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the report of the Committee on Rules and the amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the rule.  The rule provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the Committee report (except as specified in section 4), may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in this 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.  The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the Committee report or amendments en bloc except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.

The rule provides that the chair of the Committee on Financial Services or his designee may offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the report not earlier disposed of.  Amendments en bloc shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Financial Services or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. The original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc.

The rule provides that the Chair of the Committee of the Whole may recognize for consideration of any amendment printed in the report out of the order printed, but not sooner than 30 minutes after the chair of the Committee on Financial Services or his designee announces from the floor a request to that effect.  In the case of sundry amendments reported from the Committee, the question of their adoption shall be put to the House en gros and without division of the question.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

The rule also provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Financial Services or his designee.  It also provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).   The rule provides that during consideration of the bill, the Chair may reduce to two minutes the minimum time for electronic voting.  The rule provides that in the engrossment of the bill, the Clerk is authorized to make technical and conforming changes to amendatory instructions.