Notice of Action: H.J. Res. 118; H.R. 3409

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
6:47 P.M.
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H.J. Res. 118

Ways & Means
Education & the
Workforce

Providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Office of Family Assistance of the Administration for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Services relating to waiver and expenditure authority under section 1115 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1315) with respect to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

H.R. 3409

Natural Resources

Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act

       The Committee granted, by a record vote of 8 to 3, a closed rule for H.J. Res. 118.  The rule provides one hour of general debate with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the joint resolution.  The rule provides that the joint resolution shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions in the joint resolution.  The rule provides one motion to recommit.

The resolution further provides a structured rule for H.R. 3409.  The rule provides one hour of general debate with 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources, 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.  The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 112-32 as original text for purpose of amendment and provides that it shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute. The rule makes in order only those amendments to H.R. 3409 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.  The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

            Section 3 of the rule provides that on any legislative day during the period from September 22, 2012 through November 12, 2012: (a) the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; (b) the Chair may adjourn the House to meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution; and (c) bills and resolutions introduced shall be numbered, listed in the Congressional Record, and when printed shall bear the date of introduction, but may be referred at a later time. 

            Section 4 of the rule authorizes the Speaker to appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 3.

            Section 5 of the rule provides that each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a calendar day for purposes of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546).

            Section 6 of the rule provides that each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a legislative day for purposes of clause 7 of rule XIII.

            Section 7 or the rule provides that each day during the period addressed by section 3 shall not constitute a calendar or legislative day for purposes of clause 7(c)(1) of rule XXII (motions to instruct).