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  • Providing for Consideration of Senate Amendment to H.J. Res. 59, Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

    by Representative Rob Woodall

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    WOODALL. Mr. Speaker, by direction of the Committee on Rules, I call up House Resolution 438 and ask for its immediate consideration.



    The Clerk read the resolution, as follows: H. Res. 438 Resolved, That upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the Speaker's table the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 59) making continuing appropriations for fiscal year 2014, and for other purposes, with the House amendment to the Senate amendment thereto, and to consider in the House, without intervention of any point of order, a motion offered by the chair of the Committee on the Budget or his designee that the House recede from its amendment and concur in the Senate amendment with the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution modified by the amendment printed in part B of that report. The Senate amendment and the motion shall be considered as read. The motion shall be debatable for 70 minutes, with 60 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on the Budget and 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question.

    Sec. 2. The chair of the Committee on the Budget may insert in the Congressional Record at any time during the remainder of the first session of the 113th Congress such material as he may deem explanatory of the motion specified in the first section of this resolution.

    Sec. 3. In the engrossment of the House amendment to the Senate amendment to House Joint Resolution 59, the Clerk may conform division, title, and section numbers and conform cross-references and provisions for short titles.

    Sec. 4. The chair of the Committee on Armed Services may insert in the Congressional Record at any time during the remainder of the first session of the 113th Congress such material as he may deem explanatory of defense authorization measures for the fiscal year 2014.

    Sec. 5. It shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of December 12, 2013, or December 13, 2013, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule XV. The Speaker or his designee shall consult with the Minority Leader or her designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section.

    Sec. 6. On any legislative day of the first session of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress after December 13, 2013-- (a) the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and (b) the Chair may at any time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution, to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment.

    Sec. 7. On any legislative day of the second session of the One Hundred Thirteenth Congress before January 7, 2014-- (a) the Speaker may dispense with organizational and legislative business; (b) the Journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved if applicable; and (c) the Chair at any time may declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the Constitution, to be announced by the Chair in declaring the adjournment.

    Sec. 8. The Speaker may appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the duration of the period addressed by sections 6 and 7 as though under clause 8(a) of rule I.

    Sec. 9. Each day during the period addressed by sections 6 and 7 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar day for purposes of section 7 of the War Powers Resolution (50 U.S.C. 1546).

    Sec. 10. Upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 3695) to provide a temporary extension of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 and amendments made by that Act, as previously extended and amended and with certain additional modifications and exceptions, to suspend permanent price support authorities, and for other purposes. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. The amendment printed in part C of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) 40 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Agriculture; and (2) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

    Sec. 11. The requirement of clause 6(a) of rule XIII for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the Committee on Rules on the same day it is presented to the House is waived with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of December 13, 2013.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Georgia is recognized for 1 hour.

    Mr. WOODALL. Mr. Speaker, for the purpose of debate only, I yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from New York (Ms. Slaughter), pending which I yield myself such time as I may consume. During consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only.

    General Leave Mr. WOODALL. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks.

    The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Georgia? There was no objection.

    Mr. WOODALL. As we are doing housekeeping here at the beginning, Mr. Speaker, I would also like to include a section-by-section analysis of provisions within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules in the Record.

    Mr. Speaker, I won't speak for my friend from New York, but I enjoy the [[Page H7703]] Rules Committee debate when it begins with such a long reading from the reading clerk, Mr. Speaker, because you know you are involved in something special on a day like today. If it was just an ordinary rule, we would be done with that reading in 15 or 20 seconds, and we would move on to debate. But the rule today, Mr. Speaker, is taking on a number of challenges.

    We are trying to move a budget conference report forward. This rule makes an opportunity for us to have that debate here on the floor of the House.

    We are trying to move an SGR fix, what they call the sustainable growth rate, Mr. Speaker. That is that provision that threatens to cut double digits from the reimbursement rates of physicians, hindering the access of seniors to their Medicare benefits. We are trying to solve that here today, again, bringing forward a bipartisan, bicameral solution to that.

    Also, we are providing for an opportunity to extend the farm bill language. We have gotten so close to a bicameral, bipartisan solution to the farm bill, Mr. Speaker, that those folks who are deeply involved in those negotiations tell us, if they could just get 30 more days, they will be able to get that done for the first time in far, far too long. This rule makes that debate available here on the floor of the House.

    Finally, in terms of housekeeping, there are so many other provisions that are being worked on, again, Mr. Speaker, in a bipartisan, bicameral way, bills that are almost ready to go to the desk of the President of the United States to be signed into law, to address so many of the issues that are of concern to men and women across this country. This rule makes any provision that the House deems necessary available to be considered on the same day.

    Now, I just want to be clear. As my colleague from New York knows, that is not the way we like to do business in this Chamber. There are a lot of serious Members in this Chamber, and every single one of them deserves an opportunity to review legislation before it comes to the floor, and so we have made a very strong commitment throughout this Congress to provide a 3-day layover for folks to review legislation. But during this season, with so many issues so close to fruition, issues that we have been working on, not for a day, not for a week, but issues that we have been working on collectively for months, those issues are almost ready to come to the floor, and so we waived that requirement that those bills lay over to make it possible for us to get as much of the people's business done as is allowable by the agreements that the House and the Senate come to.

    Mr. Speaker, I have the great pleasure of sitting on the Budget Committee and the Rules Committee. In fact, I am only on the Budget Committee as the Rules Committee designee. And the proudest votes that I have been able to take in this House in my 3 years with the voting card of the folks of the Seventh District of Georgia have been on those budgets that we have crafted together in the Budget Committee, that we have brought to this floor, and that we have passed here on the floor.

    In fact, as you know, Mr. Speaker, for far too long, the House has been the only institution in town that has been able to pass a budget. The Senate joined those ranks this year for the first time in a long time, and I am proud to have them here. But we have been getting that business done. What we haven't been able to do is to then take the budget that the House has passed and combine it with a budget that the Senate has passed in order to create a vision of the United States of America for the coming years.

    Candidly, Mr. Speaker, with what I have seen in this town, with what I read of the differing opinions that are on each side of the aisle and each side of the Capitol, America didn't have any reason to expect that we would be able to come to an agreement this year either. They didn't.

    But we sent one of our best and our brightest, Chairman Paul Ryan of the Budget Committee, into those negotiations, and he was joined by one of my colleagues from Georgia, Dr. Tom Price, also one of our best and brightest, to put that Georgia stamp of approval on where we were headed with that budget conference report, and they teamed up with our colleagues in the Senate.

    Senator Patty Murray led the Senate side, led the Democratic side, let the Senate side. And they worked, again, not for a day, not for a week. They worked tirelessly around the clock to try to find an agreement that we could come to together.

    Now, I am a person who came here for big ideas, Mr. Speaker. I don't think you came here to do the little things. I think you came here to do the big things. I know my friend from New York came here to do the big things, those things that really make a big difference for America. We don't have that big budget deal on the floor. This rule doesn't make available debate on a big budget deal. We could not find the big budget deal. And for that, I am deeply sorry. I wish that we could have found that. But what we did find are those elements of agreement that were available to be found.

    In recent weeks, Mr. Speaker, I have grown fond of a quote first shared with me by our deputy whip, Peter Roskam. It was from a Thomas Jefferson letter to Charles Clay in 1790, and he says this: The ground of liberty is to be gained by inches, and we must be contented to secure what we can get from time to time and eternally press forward for what is yet to get. It takes time to persuade men to do even what is for their own good.

    We are in the game of inches here today, Mr. Speaker, and I expect you will hear the same thing from my colleague from New York.

    {time} 1245 We are going to secure today what we can get from time to time, and we are going to eternally press forward for that that is yet to get.

    My sense is my friend from New York is going to eternally press forward in this direction, and I am going to be eternally pressing forward in this direction, as is the process here, as she follows the wishes of her constituents and I follow the directions of mine.

    But we have an opportunity today, for the first time in the 3 years that I have served in this body, to come together on a budget agreement to get that which we can get before we both wake up tomorrow morning and begin to eternally press forward on that which is yet to get.

    I am grateful to those folks who have negotiated this budget deal. I am grateful to the folks of the Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee who have come together to begin to find that bicameral, bipartisan SGR solution. I am grateful to my friends on the Ag Committee on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol who have been working so long and so hard to find that agreement on the farm bill.

    My great hope, Mr. Speaker, is that we are, with the beginning of the rule today, laying that framework and that foundation for bipartisan, bicameral agreement not just for this hour, not just for this day, but for this week and this month and the remainder of this Congress.

    With that, I reserve the balance of my time.

    House Amendment to the Senate Amendment to H.J. Res. 59 Establishing a Congressional Budget Section-by-Section Analysis of Provisions Within the Jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules Section 111. Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Resolution.

    This section establishes a congressional budget for fiscal year 2014 for the purpose of enforcing the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. The section requires that the chairs of the Committee of the Budget in the House and the Senate submit a statement to the Congressional Record, which includes a committee 302(a) allocation for the Committee on Appropriations consisting of the total discretionary limit set forth in the Act, committee 302(a) allocations for all other House committees, and aggregate spending and revenue levels required for enforcement of section 311 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

    This section also maintains existing authority for the chair of the Committee on the Budget to make further adjustments to reduce the aggregates, allocations, and other budget levels in the statement referred to subsection (b) to reflect the budgetary effects of any legislation enacted during the 113th Congress that reduces the deficit.

    Section 113. Rule of Construction in the House of Representatives.

    This section provides that those provisions of H. Con. Res. 25 (113th Congress) necessary for budget enforcement will remain in effect [[Page H7704]] to the extent that budgetary levels are not superseded by other provisions in this subtitle or other action of the House.

    Section 115. Authority for Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Resolution in the House of Representatives.

    The purpose of this section is to ensure that the Committee on the Budget has time to complete consideration of a Budget Resolution for fiscal year 2015 and to preserve the ability of the Committee on Appropriations to begin consideration of its 12 annual funding bills in a timely manner. The Committee on Rules expects that the Committee on the Budget will pursue a budget resolution through regular order in the second session of the 113th Congress. The authority to effectuate the levels and allocations described in this section is only provided after the date by which the Congress is otherwise required to conclude consideration of a concurrent resolution on the budget as prescribed in the Congressional Budget Act of 1974. If a concurrent resolution on the budget is adopted by the House and the Senate, this section does not apply.

    This section establishes a congressional budget for fiscal year 2015 for the purpose of enforcing the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

    Subsection (b) requires that the chair of the Committee of the Budget in the House of Representatives to submit a statement to the Congressional Record after April 15, 2014, but not later than May 15, 2014. The statement must include a committee 302(a) allocation for the Committee on Appropriations consisting of the total discretionary limit provided for in section 251(c)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, committee 302(a) allocations for all other House committees, and aggregate spending and revenue levels required for enforcement of section 311 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974.

    Subsection (c) also provides that the statement referred to in subsection (b) may include levels and limitations relating to advance appropriations, reserve funds, and overseas contingency operations/global war on terrorism. The Committee on Rules expects that the Committee on the Budget will base all levels and limitations established pursuant to this subsection on prior practices for determining such levels, including, in the case of advance appropriations and funding for overseas contingency operations/global war on terror, consistency with the President's request for such funding.

    This section also maintains existing authority for the chair of the Committee on the Budget to make further adjustments to reduce the aggregates, allocations, and other budget levels in the statement referred to subsection (b) to reflect the budgetary effects of any legislation enacted during the 113th Congress that reduces the deficit.

    Section 118. Exercise of Rulemaking Powers.

    This section clarifies that the provisions of this Act are enacted as an exercise of the rulemaking powers of the House and Senate, that they are considered part of the rules of each House, and that each House has a constitutional right to change the rules in the same manner that each House may change any other rule.

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