H.Res. 212 (104th): To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the provisions of S. 4 (the Line ...

...Item Veto Act), as passed by the House, should apply to all fiscal year 1996 appropriation bills and to the reconciliation bill required by H. C

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Aug 04, 1995 (Introduced).

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HRES 212 IH

104th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. RES. 212

To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the provisions of S. 4 (the Line Item Veto Act), as passed by the House, should apply to all fiscal year 1996 appropriation bills and to the reconciliation bill required by H. Con. Res. 67.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AUGUST 4, 1995

Mr. ORTON (for himself, Mr. SPRATT, Mr. CONDIT, Mr. ROSE, Mr. HALL of Texas, Mr. MINGE, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. PETE GEREN of Texas, Mr. BROWDER, Ms. DANNER, Mr. BAESLER, Mr. MCHALE, Mr. GORDON, Mr. MEEHAN, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. LUTHER, Mr. PAYNE of Virginia, Mr. GENE GREEN of Texas, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. WARD, Mr. DEUTSCH, Mr. PARKER, Mr. WYNN, Mr. MONTGOMERY, Mr. GUTIERREZ, Mr. CHAPMAN, Ms. RIVERS, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Mr. STENHOLM, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. ROEMER, Mr. BALDACCI, Mr. BROWN of California, Mr. VOLKMER, Mr. MASCARA, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. RICHARDSON, Mr. WILSON, Mr. WYDEN, Mrs. LINCOLN, Mr. KLECZKA, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. DOYLE, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. HAYES, Mr. BARRETT of Wisconsin, Mr. MANTON, Mr. POMEROY, Mr. PALLONE, Mr. KENNEDY of Rhode Island, Mr. EDWARDS, Mr. GIBBONS, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. DOGGETT, Ms. MCCARTHY, Mr. DOOLEY, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. MCNULTY, Mr. POSHARD, Ms. HARMAN, Mr. CLEMENT, Mr. FORD, and Mr. BARCIA) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules


RESOLUTION

To express the sense of the House of Representatives that the provisions of S. 4 (the Line Item Veto Act), as passed by the House, should apply to all fiscal year 1996 appropriation bills and to the reconciliation bill required by H. Con. Res. 67.

    Resolved,

SECTION 1. SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ON THE APPLICATION OF S. 4 (THE LINE ITEM VETO ACT) TO FISCAL YEAR 1996 APPROPRIATIONS AND RECONCILIATION BILL.

    (a) FINDINGS- The House of Representatives finds that--

      (1) the line item veto was a major plank in the House of Representatives majority’s ‘Contract With America’ and has received strong bipartisan support in the 104th Congress;

      (2) the House of Representatives on February 6, 1995, passed H.R. 2, the Line Item Veto Act, on a vote of 294-134;

      (3) the Senate on March 23, 1995, passed S. 4, the Separate Enrollment and Line Item Veto Act of 1995, on a vote of 69-29;

      (4) the House of Representatives passed S. 4, with the text of H.R. 2 inserted, by voice vote on May 17, 1995, 50 days after passage by the Senate;

      (5) notwithstanding the failure of the House of Representatives to request a conference, the Senate disagreed with the House of Representatives amendments, requested a conference and appointed conferees on S. 4 on June 20, 1995;

      (6) as of August 4, 1995, it has been 134 days since the House of Representatives and the Senate have each passed a line item veto bill and the Speaker has not yet moved to appoint conferees;

      (7) with the passage of time it increasingly appears that the Congress may pass and send to the President not only the appropriation bills for fiscal year 1996 but also the reconciliation bill required by H. Con. Res. 67 (the concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for fiscal years 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002) without first passing and sending to the President a line item veto bill;

      (8) the House of Representatives majority leadership has repeatedly refused to apply line item veto to fiscal year 1996 appropriation bills on a bill-by-bill basis; and

      (9) the House of Representatives majority leadership has publicly cast doubt on the prospects for a conference on S. 4 this year.

    (b) SENSE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES- It is the sense of the House of Representatives that--

      (1) the Speaker of the House of Representatives should move to appoint conferees on S. 4 immediately, so that the House of Representatives and Senate may resolve their differences on this important legislation; and

      (2) no conference report on any appropriation bill or the reconciliation bill required by H. Con. Res. 67 should be considered by the House of Representatives unless--

        (A) that conference report makes the provisions of S. 4, as passed by the House, applicable to that bill; or

        (B) Congress has considered the conference report on S. 4.