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H.R.4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about government operations and politics
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Sponsor Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
Total Cosponsors 22 (All Republicans)
Introduced March 4, 2014
Latest Major Action March 13, 2014
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Bill Summary

Executive Needs to Faithfully Observe and Respect Congressional Enactments of the Law Act of 2014 or the ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 - Authorizes either chamber of Congress, upon adoption of a resolution declaring that the President or any officer or employee of the United States has established or implemented a policy, practice, or procedure to refrain from enforcing, applying, following, or administering any federal statute, rule, regulation, program, policy, or other law in violation of the constitutional requirement that the President faithfully execute the laws of the United States, to bring a civil action for a declaratory judgment to that effect.

Grants jurisdiction to a three-judge panel of a U.S. district court to hear such civil action and provides for an expedited direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Requires the Comptroller General (GAO) to submit quarterly reports to the congressional judiciary committees on the costs of any civil action brought und...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 13, 2014 Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
March 12, 2014 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
March 12, 2014

On passage Passed by recorded vote: 233 - 181 (Roll no. 124).

March 12, 2014

On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 228 (Roll no. 123). (consideration: CR H2339)

March 12, 2014 The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H2338)
March 12, 2014 DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ruiz motion to recommit with instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add at the end of the bill Section 3, Protecting States' Rights, and adding Section 4, Restoring Unemploymnet Benefits for America's Job Seekers. Pending a reservation of a point of order. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.
March 12, 2014 Mr. Ruiz moved to recommit with instructions to Judiciary. (consideration: CR H2338-2339; text: CR H2338)
March 12, 2014 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. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H2329-2330)
March 12, 2014 The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H2337)
March 12, 2014 The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 4138.
March 12, 2014 UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
March 12, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 511, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cicilline Part A amendment No. 4.
March 12, 2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 3, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
March 12, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 511, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee Part A amendment No. 3.
March 12, 2014 The Committee rose informally to receive a message from the President of the United States, and resumed its sitting afterwards.
March 12, 2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Nadler Part A amendment No. 2, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Nadler demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
March 12, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 511, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Nadler Part A amendment No. 2.
March 12, 2014 POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Conyers Part A amendment No. 1, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Conyers demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on adoption of the amendment until later in the legislative day.
March 12, 2014 DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 511, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Conyers Part A amendment No. 1.
March 12, 2014 GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 4138.
March 12, 2014 The Speaker designated the Honorable Glenn Thompson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
March 12, 2014 House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 511 and Rule XVIII.
March 12, 2014 Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4138 and H.R. 3973. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
March 12, 2014 Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 511. (consideration: CR H2319-2340)
March 11, 2014 Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 511 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4138 and H.R. 3973. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order.
March 7, 2014 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 281.
March 7, 2014 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-377.
March 5, 2014 Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 18 - 14.
March 5, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
March 5, 2014 Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice Discharged.
March 4, 2014 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
March 4, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.