The Committee on Rules may meet the week of March 19th to grant a rule that could limit the amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 5, the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low-cost, Timely Healthcare (HEALTH) Act of 2011.
Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit an electronic copy of the amendment and description via the Committee’s website. Members must also submit 30 hard copies of the amendment, one copy of a brief explanation of the amendment, and an amendment login form to the Rules Committee in room H-312 of the Capitol by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 19, 2012. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified. Members should draft their amendments to the text of Rules Committee Print 112-18, which largely reflects the text of H.R. 5, as reported by the Committee on the Judiciary and the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and H.R. 452, the Medicare Decisions Accountability Act of 2011, as ordered reported by the Committee on Ways and Means and the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
Members should use the Office of Legislative Counsel to ensure that their amendments are drafted in the most appropriate format. Members should also check with the Office of the Parliamentarian, the Committee on the Budget, and the Congressional Budget Office to be certain their amendments comply with the rules of the House and the Congressional Budget Act. If you have any questions, please contact myself or Karas Pattison of the Committee staff at extension 5-9191.