The Committee on Rules is likely to meet as early as Tuesday, April 9, 2013 to grant a rule for the consideration of H.R. 678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act, which may require that amendments be printed in the Congressional Record prior to their consideration. In order to ensure that you are able to have your amendments considered, all amendments should be submitted for printing in the Congressional Record on or before the legislative day of Tuesday, April 9, 2013.
The bill was reported by the Committee on Natural Resources on March 25, 2013 and made available electronically on the Rules Committee website on April 3, 2013. Members should draft their amendments to the bill as reported. Also, a more detailed description of the “pre-printing” process can be found on the Rules Committee website.
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 Congressional Budget Office for a preliminary assessment of their amendments’ budgetary effects. Finally, members should check with the Office of the Parliamentarian and the Committee on the Budget 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 Nathan Blake of the Committee staff at extension 5-9191.