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Amendment Process Announcement for Senate amendments to H.R. 22

Dear Colleague:                                                   

            The Committee on Rules may meet the week of November 2nd to grant a rule that could limit the amendment process for floor consideration of the Senate Amendments to H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (Senate DRIVE Act).

Amendments to the Transportation Provisions

            Members seeking to draft amendments to the transportation provisions should draft their amendments to the text of Rules Committee Print 114-32, which contains the text of H.R. 3763, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, as ordered reported by the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with modifications. The text of the Rules Committee Print and a summary of the modifications contained in the committee print are available on the Rules Committee website. The Rules Committee print also strikes various Senate provisions related to transportation authorizations to establish the House’s position on transportation provisions in a conference committee.

            To further clarify, if a Member seeks to offer an amendment to transportation provisions to modify any of the provisions of the Senate amendment to H.R. 22 listed below, those amendments should be drafted to the text of Rules Committee Print 114-32:

  • Section 1 and all that follows through division B
  • Division C EXCEPT for:

the division designation and heading; and

in title XXXIV, (a) the division designation and heading; and (b) subtitles B, C, and D.

  • Divisions D, G, and H. 

Amendments to Non-Transportation Provisions

            Members seeking to draft amendments to the non-transportation related provisions should draft their amendments to the text of the Senate amendment to H.R. 22, the Hire More Heroes Act of 2015 (Senate DRIVE Act). The text of the Senate Amendment is available on the Rules Committee website.

            Members must 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 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015.  Both electronic and hard copies must be received by the date and time specified.  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 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 Nate Blake of the Committee staff at 225-9191.

Sincerely,

PETE SESSIONS

Created: Oct 27, 2015