Notice of Action: H.R. 2830 - Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007; H.R. 5819 – SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

7:00 P.M. 

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H.R. 2830  

Transportation and Infrastructure; Homeland Security; Energy and Commerce; Judiciary  

Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007

The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 2830, the “Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2007.”  The rule provides one hour of general debate, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Homeland Security.

The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  In lieu of the amendments in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Homeland Security, and the Judiciary now printed in the bill, the rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Rules Committee report shall be an original bill for the purpose of amendment.  The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Committee report shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the Committee report except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  This does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure). 

The rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report.  The amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the Rules Committee report, may be offered only by a Member designated in this 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 a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  The rule waives all points of order against the amendments except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  In addition, in the engrossment of H.R. 2830, the Clerk is directed to add at the end the text of H.R. 2399, the “Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007,” as it passed the House.  The rule provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration to a time designated by the Speaker.  Finally, the rule authorizes the chairman of the Judiciary Committee to file a supplemental report on H.R. 2830.

H.R. 5819   

Small Business; Science and Technology  

SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act

The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing for consideration of H.R. 5819, the “SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act.” The rule provides one hour of general debate, with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Small Business and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Science and Technology.

The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except clauses 9 and 10 of Rule XXI.  The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Small Business now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute except for clause 10 of rule XXI.

The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report.  The amendments made in order 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.  All points of order against the amendments except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI are waived.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  The rule provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker.