Notice of Action: S. 627

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

8:20 P.M.

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S. 627

Rules                                                  Ways & Means                                          the Budget     

Faster FOIA Act of 2011 (Budget Control Act of 2011)

            The Committee granted, by record vote of 8 to 4, a closed rule providing two hours of debate with one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Rules, 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means; and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget.  The rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.  The rule provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in Part A of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, modified by the amendment printed in Part B 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 in the bill, as amended.  The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 

The rule authorizes the Speaker to entertain motions to suspend the rules at any time through Sunday, July 31, 2011 if the measure was made available on the previous legislative day, except measures proposing an amendment to the Constitution, which must be available for three legislative days.  The rule provides two hours of debate on a motion to suspend the rules relating to a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.  The rule sets the dates for the convening of the House for the anticipated pro forma sessions during the period from August 1, 2011 through September 6, 2011, and provides that the Speaker may dispense with legislative business for those pro forma sessions and authorizes the Speaker to declare the House adjourned to a time on the next pro forma session day.  The rule provides for the approval of the Journal during pro forma sessions from August 1, 2011 through September 6, 2011.  The rule provides that days during the period from August 1, 2011 through September 6, 2011 shall not constitute calendar days for purposes of the War Powers Resolution.  Finally, the rule provides that the Speaker may delay the referral of introduced measures from August 1, 2011 through September 6, 2011.