Text: H.Res.119 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)

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[Congressional Bills 113th Congress]
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[H. Res. 119 Introduced in House (IH)]

113th CONGRESS
  1st Session
H. RES. 119

  Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to establish the 
     Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             March 15, 2013

 Mr. Duncan of South Carolina (for himself, Mr. Barr, Mr. Barton, Mr. 
Bentivolio, Mr. Chabot, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Franks of Arizona, Mr. Gohmert, 
   Mr. Jones, Mr. LaMalfa, Mr. Long, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Mulvaney, Mr. 
  Palazzo, Mr. Pittenger, Mr. Posey, Mr. Schweikert, and Mr. Stivers) 
submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee 
                                on Rules

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                               RESOLUTION


 
  Amending the Rules of the House of Representatives to establish the 
     Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs.

    Resolved, That (a) clause 1 of rule X of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives is amended by redesignating paragraphs (f) through (t) 
as paragraphs (g) through (u) and by inserting after paragraph (e) the 
following new paragraph:
            ``(f) Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs.
                    ``(1) Modification or elimination of 
                underperforming or nonessential Federal programs.
                    ``(2) Identification of Federal programs and 
                activities that duplicate or compete with activities 
                available from the private sector.''.
    (b) Clause 4 of rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives 
is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
    ``(g) The Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal 
Programs shall--
            ``(1)(A) research, review, and study Federal programs that 
        are underperforming or nonessential; and
            ``(B) determine which Federal programs should be modified 
        or eliminated;
            ``(2) develop recommendations to the House for action 
        designed to modify or eliminate underperforming or nonessential 
        Federal programs; and
            ``(3) submit to the House--
                    ``(A) at least once a year, reports including--
                            ``(i) a detailed statement of the findings 
                        and conclusions of the Committee; and
                            ``(ii) a list of underperforming or 
                        nonessential Federal programs; and
                    ``(B) legislation to eliminate the programs 
                described in section subdivision (ii) and rescissions 
                based on the findings of the report described in 
                subdivision (i).''.
    (c) Clause 5(a) of rule X of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives is amended by adding at the end the following new 
paragraph:
    ``(5)(A) The Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal 
Programs shall be composed of members as follows:
            ``(i) Four members from the Committee on Appropriations.
            ``(ii) Four members from the Committee on the Budget.
            ``(iii) Four members from the Committee on Oversight and 
        Government Reform.
            ``(iv) Four members from the Committee on Ways and Means.
            ``(v) One member who does not serve on any of the 
        committees described in items (i) through (iv), who shall be 
        appointed by the Speaker and designated by the Speaker as the 
        Chair of the Committee.
            ``(vi) One member who does not serve on any of the 
        committees described in items (i) through (iv), who shall be 
        appointed by the Speaker and designated by the Speaker as the 
        Vice Chair of the Committee.
    ``(B) A member of the Committee may not serve on the committee 
during more than three Congresses in a period of five successive 
Congresses (disregarding for this purpose any service for less than a 
full session in a Congress).
    ``(C) The Chair and Vice Chair of the Committee shall not be from 
the same political party.''.
    (d) Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives is amended 
by adding at the end the following new clause:
``Expedited procedures for legislation reported by the Committee on the 
              Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs
    ``12. With respect to any bill or resolution reported by the 
Committee on the Elimination of Nonessential Federal Programs, the 
following shall apply:
            ``(a) After the expiration of the 7-day period (excluding 
        any day on which the House is not in session) that begins on 
        the date the Committee reports the bill or resolution, it is in 
        order to move to proceed to the consideration of the bill or 
        resolution. The motion is highly privileged and is not 
        debatable, an amendment to the motion is not in order, and it 
        is not in order to move to reconsider the vote by which the 
        motion is agreed to or disagreed to.
            ``(b) Debate on the bill or resolution shall be limited to 
        not more than 10 hours, which shall be divided equally between 
        those favoring and those opposing the bill or resolution. A 
        motion to further limit debate is not debatable.
            ``(c) An amendment to, or motion to recommit, the bill or 
        resolution is not in order, and it is not in order to move to 
        reconsider the vote by which the bill or resolution is agreed 
        to or disagreed to.''.
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