The Committee on Rules may meet the week of March 23rd to grant a rule that could limit the amendment process for floor consideration of H. CON. RES. __, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2016. As in past years, the Rules Committee intends to give priority to amendments offered as complete substitutes.
Any Member wishing to offer an amendment must submit a searchable electronic copy of the amendment, which should be provided by the Office of Legislative Counsel, via the Rules 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 12:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23, 2015. Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified. The text of the resolution as ordered reported by the Committee on the Budget is available on the Rules Committee website. As a reminder, please review my letter of March 17th to ensure that you comply with the requirement related to estimates of direct spending adopted as part of H. Res. 5 (the opening day Rules Package).
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 Steve Cote of the Committee staff at 225-9191.