SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS SUBMITTED TO THE RULES COMMITTEE ON H.R. 2844 - CONTINUITY OF REPRESENTATION ACT

Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee on
H.R. 2844 - CONTINUITY OF REPRESENTATION ACT

RULE TO PROVIDE FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2844, AND AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER

 

(in alphabetical order)

Baird #11
Preserves Congressional Authority during extraordinary circumstances by stating that Congress shall have the exclusive authority to exercise powers granted to it under Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution.

Baird #12
Sense of the Congress that not later than September 11, 2004, Congress should enact legislation that will establish a mechanism under which vacancies in the House of Representatives may be filled automatically after a catastrophic event until such time as special elections can be held to fill the vacancies with elected members

Baird #13
Establishes a quorum for the House of Representatives as a majority of the whole number of seats of all Representatives, including any seat for which a vacancy exists.

Hooley #10
Extends the deadline for states to conduct elections to 60 days. Extension of the deadline would have two positive results. First of all, it would allow states more time to adequately conduct their elections, insuring that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Second, it would provide an additional 15 days so that military and overseas ballots will have a greater chance of being received and counted.

Jackson-Lee #14
Changes section of the bill that deals with the time in which a person may file a lawsuit arising out of the Speaker?s announcement of vacancies in the House in excess of 100. Expands ability of an aggrieved party to file suit for either declaratory or injunctive relief from just 2 days to 7 days. Also extends the right to appeal decisions on the 45-day special state election called for under the Act, and it expands the right to sue to citizens, including political party representatives. (LATE) (REVISED)

Langevin #4
Authorizes a study to examine how best to conduct emergency Congressional operations within existing House rules. The study would be led by the Government Accounting Office, in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences and the Librarian of Congress, and would assess how best to create an emergency communications system while preserving the integrity of the institution and maintaining public participation.

Larson #5
Strikes out the bill?s overall 45-day time frame to conduct special elections and substitutes 75 days.

Larson #6
Permits states which hold party primaries and runoffs or ?all candidate? primaries in order to choose candidates for a House special election or special election runoff to extend the overall time limitation contained in the bill to take into account the period provided under state law for holding such elections. The provision in the bill requiring parties to nominate candidates within 10 days of the announcement of a vacancy would not apply.

Larson #7
Strikes out paragraph 3 and adds language providing that candidates seeking to run in a special election would meet requirements for getting on the ballot subject to state law, and that states could extend the overall time deadline in the bill to accomplish that result. This would also ensure that minority party or independent candidates who must qualify by petition or other methods retain the right to participate in the election. The amendment would strike the existing provision in the bill providing a 10-day deadline for political parties to nominate candidates.

Larson #8
Provides that nothing in the bill may be construed to affect the application to special elections of a series of enumerated laws relating to civil rights and voting rights. These are the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Larson #9
Adds a new section to the bill requiring the Speaker and Minority Leader of the House to each designate 25 Members of the House who would agree to absent themselves from the inaugural ceremonies, counting of electoral votes, the state of the Union address, and a variety of other joint sessions and joint meetings of the Congress. The identities of the absentees would vary for each event. The amendment is intended to enhance the possibility that some Members would survive a catastrophic attack during such event(s).

Sherman #2
Amends the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 to remove the Speaker of the House and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate from the line of presidential succession; places the Secretary of Homeland Security after the Attorney General in the line of presidential succession; allows the President to designate five governors to be placed at the end of the line of presidential succession; clarifies that the individual acting as President under the Act shall continue to act as President until the expiration of the presidential term.

Sherman #3
Amends the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 to allow the President to select between the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader of the House as the individual second in line of presidential succession; and to select between the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader of the Senate as the individual third in line of presidential succession; places the Secretary of Homeland Security after the Attorney General in the line of presidential succession; clarifies that the individual acting as President under the Act shall continue to act as President until the expiration of the presidential term.

Skelton/Maloney #1
Provides that to the extent practicable (including through the use of electronic means) that absentee ballots for the election are transmitted to absent uniformed services voters and overseas voters not later than 15 days after the Speaker announces the vacancy exists. States shall accept and process any otherwise valid ballot or other election material from absent uniformed services voters or overseas voters so long as the ballot or other election material is received by the appropriate state election official not later than 45 days after the State transmits the ballot or other material to the voter. (REVISED)

* Summaries derived from information submitted by the amendment sponsors.