Notice of Action: S.Con.Res. 95 - Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for fiscal year 2005 - CONFERENCE REPORT<br> H.R. 4200 - National Defense Authorization Act For Fiscal Year 2005

Wednesday, May 19, 2004
(Legislative Day of Tuesday, May 18, 2004)

7:00 A.M.

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S.Con.Res. 95 Budget Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for fiscal year 2005 - CONFERENCE REPORT

The Committee granted, by a vote of 7 to 4, a rule waiving all points of order against the conference report and against its consideration. The rule provides that the conference report shall be considered as read. The rule provides one hour of debate in the House equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget. Section 2 provides that upon adoption in the House of the conference report, and until a concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2005 has been adopted by the Congress, the provisions of the conference report and its joint explanatory statement shall have force and effect in the House and that for the purposes of title III of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 the conference report shall be considered for the purposes of the House to have been adopted by the Congress. The rule provides that nothing in section 2 may be construed to engage rule XXVII. Section 3 provides that the conferees of the House on H.R. 2660 shall be, and they are hereby discharged and that H.R. 2660 and its accompanying papers, be, and they are hereby, laid on the table.

 

H.R. 4200 Armed Services National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2005

The Committee granted, by voice vote, a structured rule providing two hours 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 and shall be considered as read. The rule waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Armed Services. The rule makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution, and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of the resolution.

The rule provides that amendments shall be considered only in the order specified in the report (except as specified in section 4 of the resolution), may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be debatable for 10 minutes (unless otherwise specified in the report) equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment (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), shall be considered as read, and shall be not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole. The rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the Rules Committee report and those amendments en bloc as described in section 3 of the resolution. The rule authorizes the Chairman of the Committee on Armed Services, or his designee, to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in the Rules Committee report not earlier disposed of, which shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Armed Services or their designees, and shall not be subject to amendment or demand for a division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.

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 allows the Chairman of the Committee of the Whole to recognize for consideration of any amendment printed in the Rules Committee 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.