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  • Providing for Consideration of H.R. 273, Elimination of 2013 Pay Adjustment, and for Other Purposes

    by Representative Jared Polis

    Posted on 2013-02-14

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    POLIS. Madam Speaker, I raise a point of order against H. Res. 66 because the resolution violates section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act. The resolution, waiving all points of order, waives section 425 of the Congressional Budget Act, therefore causing a violation of section 426(a).



    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Colorado makes a point of order that the resolution violates section 426(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

    The gentleman has met the threshold burden under the rule and the gentleman from Colorado and a Member opposed each will control 10 minutes of debate on the question of consideration. Following debate, the Chair will put the question of consideration as the statutory means of disposing of the point of order.

    The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Colorado.

    Mr. POLIS. Madam Speaker, I raise this point of order not necessarily out of concern for unfunded mandates, although there are likely some in the underlying bill H.R. 273, but rather as well to demonstrate that in many ways this bill and this process has been a travesty of the civics lesson that Americans learned in school.

    I would like to make, Madam Speaker, a parliamentary inquiry.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman shall state it.

    Mr. POLIS. What is the process that a Member can use to demand a division of the question on a bill? The SPEAKER pro tempore. If a matter is divisible, any Member may demand that the matter be divided.

    Mr. POLIS. Further parliamentary inquiry.

    Does the rule being considered today prohibit a Member from demanding a division of the question? The SPEAKER pro tempore. The Chair will not interpret the content of the pending measure.

    Mr. POLIS. Having heard from the Chair that a motion can be made by any Member to divide the question, I would like to ask unanimous consent to demand a division of the question on today's bill before us.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Colorado? Mr. WOODALL. Madam Speaker, I object.

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