Notice of Action: H.R. 1427 - Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007; H.R. 1585 - National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

8:35 P.M.

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H.R. 1427     Financial Services     Federal Housing Finance Reform Act of 2007      

The Committee granted, by voice vote, an open rule with a preprinting requirement.  The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the Chairman and Ranking Minority Member of the Committee on Financial Services.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Financial Services now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in the report of the Committee on Rules, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule. The amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be read by title rather than by section and each title shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended, except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.

The rule makes in order only those amendments to the amendment in the nature of a substitute that have been pre-printed in the Congressional Record before the beginning of consideration of the bill or are pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate. The rule provides that each amendment so printed may be offered only by the Member who caused it to be printed or a designee, and that each amendment shall be considered as read.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. Finally, the rule provides that the Chair may postpone consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.

H.R. 1585      Armed Services     National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2008 

The Committee granted, by vote of 9 to 4, a structured rule. The rule provides for ninety minutes of general 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 shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of further amendment and shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against the committee amendment except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.

The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the report and waives all points of order against such amendments except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of Rule XXI.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  The rule also permits the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc if those amendments have been printed in the report and not earlier disposed of.  The Chairman of the Committee of the Whole may recognize for consideration any amendment printed in this report out of the order printed but not sooner than 30 minutes after the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services announces from the floor a request to that effect.  Finally, the resolution permits the Chair, during consideration of the bill in the House, to postpone further consideration until a time designated by the Speaker.