Notice of Action: H.R. 2021; H.R. 1249

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

8:00 P.M.

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H.R. 1249       the Judiciary                                      America Invents Act

H.R. 2021       Energy & Commerce                        Jobs & Energy Permitting Act of 2012

            The Committee granted, by a vote of 7 to 2, a structured rule providing for the consideration of H.R. 2021.  The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of H.R. 2021.  The rule provides that H.R. 2021 shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions in H.R. 2021.  The rule makes in order only those amendments to H.R. 2021 printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  Provides that 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 Part A of the report.  The rule provides one motion to recommit H.R. 2021 with or without instructions.

            The rule also provides for the consideration of H.R. 1249 under a structured rule.  The rule provides for 20 minutes of initial debate confined to the question of constitutionality of the bill equally divided and controlled by Representative Smith (R-TX) and Representative Kaptur (D-OH) or their designees.  The rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of H.R. 1249.  The rule makes in order the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill as an original bill for purpose of amendment, which shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.  The rule makes in order only those amendments to H.R. 1249 printed in Part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  Provides that 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 Part B of the report.  The rule provides one motion to recommit H.R. 1249 with or without instructions.  The rule provides that upon receipt of a message from the Senate transmitting H.R. 1249 with a Senate amendment or amendments thereto, it shall be in order to consider in the House a single motion offered by the chair of the Committee on the Judiciary or his designee that the House disagree to the Senate amendment or amendments and request or agree to a conference with the Senate thereon.  The rule waives all points of order against the motion.  The rule provides one hour of debate on the motion equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Judiciary.