The Committee on Rules is likely to meet the week of January 4th to grant a rule that would provide a structured amendment process for floor consideration of H.R. 712, the Sunshine for Regulatory Decrees and Settlements Act of 2015.
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 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. 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 114-37, which contains the texts of H.R. 712 and H.R. 690, as reported by the Committee on the Judiciary, and the text of H.R. 1759, as reported by the Committees on Oversight and Government Reform and the Judiciary; with conforming changes. The text is available 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 Karas Gross of the Committee staff at 225-9191.