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National Park Service Operations, Smithsonian Institution, National Gallery of Art, and United State Holocaust Memorial Museum Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2014

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. ANDREWS. Mr. Speaker, my understanding of the principle of germaneness is that the underlying subject matter of the bill has to be the subject matter of the motion to recommit.

We have heard repeatedly from the offerers of this bill that they believe it is necessary to fund what they view as vitally important services for the United States of America. We have a difference of opinion. We think everything in the budget in the Senate CR is vital for the United States of America. We think it all should be funded.

Now, our view, our concept of what is vital is different than theirs. But if the germane issue here is funding what is vital, then why isn't the motion to recommit germane?

The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman from Idaho makes a point of order that the instructions proposed in the motion to recommit offered by the gentleman from Maryland are not germane.

The joint resolution extends a certain class of funding within a portion of fiscal year 2014--namely, funds for the operations of the National Park Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Gallery of Art, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The instructions in the motion propose an order of business of the House relating to funding for all other agencies and Departments subject to the annual appropriations process for the remainder of the fiscal year.

Among the fundamental principles of germaneness is that an amendment must confine itself to matters that fall within the jurisdiction of the committees with jurisdiction over the pending measure.

The joint resolution addresses the appropriation of certain funds. That subject matter falls within the legislative jurisdiction of the Committee on Appropriations, and accordingly, House Joint Resolution 70 was referred to that committee.

The instructions contained in the motion to recommit propose an order of business of the House. That subject matter falls within the legislative jurisdiction of the Committee on Rules. For example, the Chair would note the referral of House Resolution 424 of the 106th Congress, a measure that contained a similar order of business, to the Committee on Rules.

By addressing a matter within the jurisdiction of a committee not represented in the joint resolution, the instructions propose an amendment that is not germane. The point of order is sustained. The motion is not in order.


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