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MARKUP OF HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 7

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 1990

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON RULES OF THE HOUSE,

COMMITTEE ON RULES,

Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 2 p.m., in room H-313, the Capitol, Hon. John Joseph Moakley (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Representatives Moakley, Beilenson, Slaughter, Solomon, and Pashayan.

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. JOHN JOSEPH MOAKLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RULES OF THE HOUSE

Mr. MOAKLEY. The Subcommittee on Rules of the House will now come to order.

The first order of business is to mark up House Joint Resolution 7, which I introduced last year. This bill repeals obsolete statutory provisions of the Legislative Reorganization Acts of 1946 and 1970 which require the House and Senate to adjourn sine die for each session of Congress no later than July 31 of every year, except in time of war declared by Congress.

Of course, we have other sorts of provisions in other laws, such as the Budget Act, which want to prevent us from adjourning until we pass appropriations bills and a reconciliation bill in the House.

Representing our constituents in Congress is now a full-time job, we are full-time Members, and we can expect to stay in session every year beyond July 31. Congress has not adjourned sine die on or prior to July 31 of any session since July 27, 1956. During the past 20 years, the earliest adjournment date has been October 1, 1976.

The obsolete provision repealed by House Joint Resolution 7 is either waived or ignored each year. There is bipartisan support for simply getting rid of it. The House and Senate will control their schedule each year through adoption of concurrent resolutions allowing both chambers to adjourn for more than 3 days at a time.

The Chair at this time will be in receipt of a motion offered by Mr. Beilenson.

Mr. BEILENSON. Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I move the Subcommittee on Rules report House Joint Resolution 7 favorably to the full committee.

Mr. MOAKLEY. Any discussion?
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Chairman.
Mr. MOAKLEY. Mr. Solomon.

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Mr. SOLOMON. I have no objection to marking up the resolution. It certainly is unrealistic to expect an adjournment by July 31, whether that is fortunate or unfortunate.

I think sometimes America would be better off if we did adjourn on July 31 and go home and take care of our constituencies. Nevertheless, present law is unrealistic. Let's move on.

Mr. MOAKLEY. All right. Mr. PASHAYAN. Mr. Chairman. Mr. MOAKLEY. Mr. Pashayan. Mr. PASHAYAN. I just want to say I associate myself with the collective wisdom as expressed independently by yourself and the Ranking Member on this subcommittee.

Mr. MOAKLEY. On the motion of the gentleman from California, all in favor say aye. Opposed, no. The ayes have it. The joint resolution is passed. [Text of H.J. Res. 7 follows:]

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To repeal an obsolete joint rule of Congress (section 132 of the Legislative

Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended) relating to sine die adjournment of
Congress.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JANUARY 3, 1989 Mr. MOAKLEY introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the

Committee on Rules

JOINT RESOLUTION

To repeal an obsolete joint rule of Congress (section 132 of the

Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946, as amended) relating to sine die adjournment of Congress.

1 Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives 2 of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That section 132 of the Legislative Reorganization Act of

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5 islative Reorganization Act of 1970 (Public Law 91-510; 84

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H.R. 4765-PUERTO RICO SELF-DETERMINATION

ACT

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1990

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
SUBCOMMITTEE ON RULES OF THE HOUSE,

COMMITTEE ON RULES,

Washington, DC. The subcommittee met, pursuant to call, at 9:35 a.m., in room H313, the Capitol, Hon. John Joseph Moakley (chairman of the subcommittee) presiding.

Present: Representatives Moakley, Hall, Slaughter, Solomon, and Pashayan. Mr. MOAKLEY. The Subcommittee on Rules will come to order.

There has been a request for taking of photographs during today's hearing. Is there any objection?

Mr. SOLOMON. No objection. Mr. MOAKLEY. The Chair hears none; photographs will be allowed.

The reason there aren't more Members at the meeting at the present time is because there are three members of the committee at the Whip's meeting, but they will be here.

OPENING STATEMENT OF HON. JOHN JOSEPH MOAKLEY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON RULES OF THE HOUSE

Mr. MOAKLEY. This is a hearing and markup of H.R. 4765, the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act. H.R. 4765 was introduced on May 9, 1990, by the gentleman from the Virgin Islands, the Honorable Ron de Lugo, chairman of the Interior Subcommittee on Insular and International Affairs. I was a cosponsor of the bill along with the ranking minority member of the Rules Committee, the Honorable Jimmy Quillen. The distinguished Resident Commissioner from Puerto Rico, the Honorable Jaime Fuster, was also a cosponsor.

The Committee on Rules received a referral of this legislation jointly with the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs. The bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Rules of the House on May 21, 1990.

It was agreed informally between the two committees that the Interior Committee would act first. That committee marked up H.R. 4765 on Wednesday, September 19, and reported it to the House with an amendment in the nature of a substitute, by a vote of 37 to 1.

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