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America Invents Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. WATT. Madam Chair, we were expecting Congresswoman Waters. I would ask unanimous consent that this amendment be delayed until we can determine whether she is still planning to offer it.

The Acting CHAIR. The Committee of the Whole is unable to reorder the amendments.

Mr. WATT. In that case, I offer the amendment as the designee of the gentlewoman from California.

The Acting CHAIR. The Clerk will designate the amendment.

The text of the amendment is as follows:

Page 139, insert the following after line 12 and redesignate succeeding sections (and conform the table of contents) accordingly:


If any provision of this Act or amendment made by this Act, or the application of a provision or amendment to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act and amendments made by this Act, and the application of the provisions and amendment to any person or circumstance, shall not be affected by the holding.

The Acting CHAIR. Pursuant to House Resolution 316, the gentleman from North Carolina (Mr. Watt) and a Member opposed each will control 5 minutes.

The Chair recognizes the gentleman from North Carolina.

Mr. WATT. Madam Chair, I yield myself such time as I may consume solely to say that this is a straightforward amendment that provides that if one part of the bill is determined to be unconstitutional, it can be severable from the rest of the bill and it doesn't bring the rest of the provisions down. That's a standard policy to put in most legislation.

With that, I reserve the balance of my time.


Mr. WATT. Madam Chair, I have just been advised that we were mistaken in the desire of Ms. Waters to offer the amendment. She didn't want me to offer it in her stead, and that's why she didn't show up.

I would just ask unanimous consent to withdraw the amendment, unless the chairman has an objection.


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