Notice of Action: H.R. 3534; H.R. 5851

Thursday, July 29, 2010

11:42 P.M.

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H.R. 3534

Natural Resources; Transportation & Infrastructure

Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act of 2009

H.R. 5851

Education & Labor

Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010

The Committee granted, by a non-record vote, a rule for consideration of H.R. 3534, the “Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009," and H.R. 5851, the "Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010."

The rule provides a structured rule for consideration of H.R. 3534.  The rule provides one hour of general debate with 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources 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 except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  The rule provides that in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Natural Resources printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules 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 printed in part A of the report except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI.  The rule further makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the 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 division of the question.  All points of order against the amendments printed in part B of the report are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  The rule provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Natural Resources or a designee.  The rule provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill. 

The rule also grants a closed rule for consideration of H.R. 5851, the “Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act of 2010."  The rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and Labor.  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 printed in part C of the report shall be considered as adopted.  The rule provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.  The rule waives all points of order against provisions of the bill, as amended.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.  The rule provides that in the engrossment of H.R. 3534, the Clerk shall add the text of H.R. 5851, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 3534.  Upon the addition of the text of H.R. 5851 to the end of H.R. 3534, H.R. 5851 shall be laid on the table.