H.R.2844: Continuity in Representation Act of 2004

About This Bill

  • This bill was introduced in the 108th Congress
  • This bill is primarily about congress
  • Introduced July 24, 2003
  • Latest Major Action April 26, 2004

Bill Summary

Continuity in Representation Act of 2004 - Amends Federal law concerning the election of Senators and Representatives to require States to hold special elections to fill vacancies in the House of Representatives within 45 days after a vacancy is announced by the Speaker of the House in the extraordinary circumstance that vacancies in representation from the States exceed 100. Waives the 45-day requirement if a regularly scheduled general...

(Source: Library of Congress)

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There are 3 statements associated with H.R.2844.

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Bill Actions

Date Description
Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
Committee Hearings Held.
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 4 - 3.
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on House Administration. H. Rept. 108-404, Part I.
Referred sequentially to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not later than Jan. 31, 2004 for consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendment as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(k), rule X.
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 18 - 10.
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 108-404, Part II.
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 233.
Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 602 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2844 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in Part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying the resolution shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
Rule H. Res. 602 passed House.
Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 602.
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 2844 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 602 and Rule XVIII.
The Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 2844.
DEBATE - Pursuant to House Resolution 602, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with twenty minutes of debate on the Larson (CT) amendment.
POSTPONED VOTE - At the conclusion of debate on the Larson (CT) amendment, the Chair put the question on the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Larson (CT) requested a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
DEBATE - Pursuant to House Resolution 602 the Committee of the Whole proceeded with twenty minutes of debate on the Larson (CT) amendment.
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 602, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with twenty minutes of debate on the Maloney amendment.
DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 602, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Schiff amendment.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question of adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
Mr. Baird moved to strike the enacting clause.
Floor summary: DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Baird preferential motion to strike the enacting clause.
Motion to strike the enacting clause withdrawn.
The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 2844.
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
Mr. Watt moved to recommit with instructions to House Administration.
Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Watt (NC) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to add a section to the bill providing a rule of construction regarding Federal election laws.
The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
On motion to recommit with instructions Agreed to by voice vote.
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 306 - 97 (Roll no. 130).
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
The title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
Received in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
Read the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 479.
July 24, 2003

Introduced in the House by F. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.)

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