Notice of Action: H.R. 4546 - Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003.

Wednesday, May 8, 2002

9:45 P.M.

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H.R. 4546 Armed Services Bob Stump National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2003

The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing one hour 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. The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. The rule waives all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute.

The rule provides that no amendment shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule provides that except as specified in section 4 of the resolution, each amendment printed in the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

The rule provides that unless otherwise specified in the report, each amendment shall be debatable for 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent and shall not be subject to amendment, except as specified in the report and except that the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services each may offer one pro forma amendment for the purpose of further debate on any pending amendment. The rule waives all points of order against amendments printed in the report or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule provides that it shall be in order at any time for the chairman of the Committee on Armed Services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc, consisting of amendments printed in part B of the report, not earlier disposed of, or germane modifications of any such amendment. The rule provides that amendments en bloc offered pursuant to section 3 shall be considered as read (except that modifications shall be reported), shall be debatable for 40 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

The rule provides that for the purpose of inclusion in such amendments en bloc, an amendment printed in the form of a motion to strike may be modified to the form of a germane perfecting amendment to the text originally proposed to be stricken. The rule provides that the original proponent of an amendment included in such amendments en bloc may insert a statement in the Congressional Record immediately before the disposition of the amendments en bloc. The rule provides that the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole may recognize for consideration of any amendment in the report out of the order printed, but not sooner than one hour after the chairman of the Committee on Armed Services or a designee announces from the floor a request to that effect. Finally, the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.