H. Rept. 113-89 - 113th Congress (2013-2014)
May 22, 2013, As Reported by the Rules Committee

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House Report 113-89 - PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL (H.R. 1911) TO AMEND THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 TO ESTABLISH INTEREST RATES FOR NEW LOANS MADE ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2013, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES




[House Report 113-89]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]


113th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                     113-89

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PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF THE BILL (H.R. 1911) TO AMEND THE HIGHER 
EDUCATION ACT OF 1965 TO ESTABLISH INTEREST RATES FOR NEW LOANS MADE ON 
             OR AFTER JULY 1, 2013, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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May 22, 2013.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed

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                Ms. Foxx, from the Committee on Rules, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                       [To accompany H. Res. 232]

    The Committee on Rules, having had under consideration 
House Resolution 232, by a record vote of 7 to 2, report the 
same to the House with the recommendation that the resolution 
be adopted.

                SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS OF THE RESOLUTION

    The resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1911, the 
Smarter Solutions for Students Act, under a closed rule. The 
resolution provides one hour of debate equally divided and 
controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the 
Committee on Education and the Workforce. The resolution waives 
all points of order against consideration of the bill. The 
resolution provides that an amendment in the nature of a 
substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-
12 shall be considered as adopted. The resolution provides that 
the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. The 
resolution waives all points of order against provisions in the 
bill, as amended. The resolution provides one motion to 
recommit with or without instructions.
    Section 2 of the resolution directs the Clerk to, in the 
engrossment of H.R. 1911, add the text of H.R. 1949 as passed 
by the House as a new matter at the end of H.R. 1911 and make 
conforming modifications in the engrossment.
    Section 3 of the resolution provides that on any 
legislative day during the period from May 24, 2013, through 
May 31, 2013: the Journal of the proceedings of the previous 
day shall be considered as approved; and the Chair may at any 
time declare the House adjourned to meet at a date and time 
within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article I of the 
Constitution, to be announced by the Chair in declaring the 
adjournment.
    Section 4 of the resolution provides that the Speaker may 
appoint Members to perform the duties of the Chair for the 
duration of the period addressed by section 3 of the resolution 
as though under clause 8(a) of rule I.
    Section 5 of the resolution provides that the Committee on 
Appropriations may, at any time before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 
29, 2013, file privileged reports to accompany measures making 
appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014.
    Section 6 of the resolution provides that the Committee on 
Agriculture may, at any time before 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 
29, 2013, file a report to accompany H.R. 1947.

                         EXPLANATION OF WAIVERS

    The waiver of all points of order against consideration of 
the bill includes waivers of:
    
 Section 302(f) of the Congressional Budget Act, 
which prohibits consideration of legislation that exceeds a 
committee's 302(a) or 302(b) allocations. However, it is 
important to note that while the bill does exceed the 
Committee's 302(a) allocation, the bill reduces direct spending 
over the 5 and 10-year periods, by $1.0 billion and by $3.7 
billion respectively.
    
 Section 311 of the Congressional Budget Act, which 
prohibits consideration of legislation if it would cause the 
level of total new budget authority or total outlays for the 
first fiscal year to be exceeded. However, it is important to 
note that while the bill does provide new budget authority in 
excess of applicable budgetary limits in the first year, the 
bill reduces direct spending over the 5 and 10-year periods, by 
$1.0 billion and by $3.7 billion respectively.
    Although the resolution waives all points of order against 
provisions in the bill, as amended, the Committee is not aware 
of any points of order. The waiver is prophylactic in nature.

                            COMMITTEE VOTES

    The results of each record vote on an amendment or motion 
to report, together with the names of those voting for and 
against, are printed below:

Rules Committee record vote No. 37

    Motion by Ms. Slaughter to report an open rule. Defeated: 
2-7.

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                Majority Members                      Vote               Minority Members               Vote
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Ms. Foxx........................................          Nay    Ms. Slaughter....................          Yea
Mr. Bishop of Utah..............................          Nay    Mr. McGovern.....................  ............
Mr. Cole........................................  ............   Mr. Hastings of Florida..........  ............
Mr. Woodall.....................................          Nay    Mr. Polis........................          Yea
Mr. Nugent......................................          Nay
Mr. Webster.....................................          Nay
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen................................  ............
Mr. Burgess.....................................          Nay
Mr. Sessions, Chairman..........................          Nay
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Rules Committee record vote No. 38

    Motion by Mr. Polis to a make in order and provide the 
appropriate waivers for amendment #5, offered by Rep. Davis 
(CA), which would add a section of Congressional findings to 
the bill with projections of student loan interest rates; 
amendment #6, offered by Rep. Courtney (CT), Rep. Horsford 
(NV), Rep. Miller (CA), Rep. Tierney (MA), Rep. Welch (VT), 
Rep. Kuster (NH), Rep. Peters (MI), Rep. Sinema (AZ), Rep. 
Duckworth (IL) and Rep. Titus (NV), which extends the current 
3.4% interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans for a 
period of two years; amendment #9, offered by Rep. Edwards 
(MD), which reduces the cap on Stafford loans to 6.8 percent 
and PLUS loans to 7.9 percent in the underlying bill; amendment 
#10 offered by Rep. Edwards (MD), which reduces the Stafford 
loan cap in the underlying bill to 3.4 percent for students 
pursuing a degree in the fields of science, technology, 
engineering, or mathematics; amendment #11 offered by Rep. 
Miller (CA), which implements President Obama's revenue neutral 
student loan proposal and sets fixed variable interest rates to 
save students $30 billion in the next six years while expanding 
Income Based Repayment to support struggling borrowers. 
Defeated: 2-7.

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                Majority Members                      Vote               Minority Members               Vote
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Ms. Foxx........................................          Nay    Ms. Slaughter....................          Yea
Mr. Bishop of Utah..............................          Nay    Mr. McGovern.....................  ............
Mr. Cole........................................  ............   Mr. Hastings of Florida..........  ............
Mr. Woodall.....................................          Nay    Mr. Polis........................          Yea
Mr. Nugent......................................          Nay
Mr. Webster.....................................          Nay
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen................................  ............
Mr. Burgess.....................................          Nay
Mr. Sessions, Chairman..........................          Nay
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Rules Committee record vote No. 39

    Motion by Mr. Bishop of Utah to report the rule. Adopted: 
7-2.

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                Majority Members                      Vote               Minority Members               Vote
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Ms. Foxx........................................          Yea    Ms. Slaughter....................          Nay
Mr. Bishop of Utah..............................          Yea    Mr. McGovern.....................  ............
Mr. Cole........................................  ............   Mr. Hastings of Florida..........  ............
Mr. Woodall.....................................          Yea    Mr. Polis........................          Nay
Mr. Nugent......................................          Yea
Mr. Webster.....................................          Yea
Ms. Ros-Lehtinen................................  ............
Mr. Burgess.....................................          Yea
Mr. Sessions, Chairman..........................          Yea
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