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The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of
the gentleman from South Carolina?
Mr. CLINGER. Mr. Speaker, reserving the right to object, I re-
serve the right to object to direct some questions to the author of
the unanimous-consent request, specifically to inquire whether the
bill pending before the committee this afternoon is identical to the
bill which passed the House.
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Speaker, I have a parliamentary inquiry.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman will state it.
Mr. SOLOMON. Mr. Speaker, Members are confused about what
is taking place. Is it not true that the rule on this bill has just
passed and there is no vote pending and probably will not be for
the next hour?
The SPEAKER pro tempore. The gentleman is correct.
Mr. SOLOMON. I thank the Chair.
Mr. CLINGER. Mr. Speaker, I have reserved the right to object
to inquire of the proponent of the unanimous-consent request if the
bill, that is, H.R. 4600 pending before the committee is identical to
that which already passed the House, or which was considered and
passed by the House last year. I would inquire of the proponent if
that is correct.
Mr. SPRATT. Mr. Speaker, will the gentleman yield?
Mr. CLINGER. I yield to the gentleman from South Carolina.
Mr. SPRATT. Mr. Speaker, the bill that is being offered as the
base bill is the bill that passed the House, I believe, on April 29,
Mr. CLINGER. Mr. Speaker, further reserving the right to ob-
ject, I would like to then ask the gentleman from South Carolina
if he had an opportunity to have this consent request considered
when the Committee on Government Operations marked up this
bill or if the Committee on Government Operations did consider
Mr. SPRATT. The committee itself did not report this bill. The
gentleman is correct, it did not.
Mr. CLINGER. Further reserving the right to object, I would in-
quire if this amendment that is proposed now as a unanimous con-
sent request was propounded at the time the gentleman appeared
before the Committee on Rules or did he present this before the
Committee on Rules.
Mr. SPRATT. Part of it was, part of it was not. The upper part
of the amendment which would have the bill amend page 10, line
17 was propounded and is made in order and will be offered as an
amendment immediately after the bill itself is called in the Com-
mittee of the Whole. The balance of the amendment would in effect
change the bill in one simple respect.
This bill in order to conform to the bill that the House passed
in April 1993 is identical in all respects, but that means that it ap-
plies only to the 103d Congress. At that time, a lot of the 103d
Congress was yet to be conducted. We would like to amend this bill
by this amendment and by this language so that it would apply to
the 103d Congress and the 104th Congress as well.
Mr. CLINGER. Mr. Speaker, given the fact that the committee
of jurisdiction, that is, the Committee on Government Operations
waived its jurisdiction over this bill, this bill has never been consid-
ered by the Committee on Government Operations, which is the
committee of jurisdiction, and, therefore, this matter was not really
given an opportunity to be discussed, debated or amended through
the committee process. Because of that fact and the fact that the
gentleman could have offered this request at various stages of this
proceeding, I must object.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Objection is heard.
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