The House Order does specify that amendments relative to enhancing or reducing revenue may only be considered prior to the third reading of said bill to be in order, and that all other amendments to the General Appropriation Bill shall only be considered subsequent to the third reading of said bill;
House Ways and Means staff will be working hard this week to sort amendments and brief Leadership about the substance of each amendment and getting each amendment sorted into the proper category. THIS IS THE WEEK TO CALL YOUR SPONSOR AND HOUSE LEADERSHIP IN SUPPORT OF YOUR AMENDMENTS – IDENTIFY YOUR AMENDMENT BY ITS NUMBER.
The language of each consolidated amendment will contain some approved bits and pieces of some of the amendments with the rest of the amendments attached by number to indicate they were considered but rejected.
Each consolidated amendment will be distributed to the Membership next week during a series of private caucuses (cauci?) in a room off the chamber.
During each caucus Members whose amendments were accepted in part or not at all, have an opportunity to speak up and lobby their colleagues and Ways and Means to insert their language in the consolidated amendment. REMIND THE SPONSOR OF YOUR AMENDMENT TO ATTEND THE CAUCUS.
Some caucuses take 20 minutes, some take hours as Members organize their colleagues and appeal to the Speaker to insert their language in the consolidated amendment. The final consolidated amendment is then distributed to the Membership on the floor and offered by a Member of the Leadership for a vote.
Sponsors of amendments that were not included in the consolidated amendment can take their amendment to the House floor before the whole Membership and ask for a vote or simply make a speech withdrawing the amendment rather that get into a situation where the Leadership stands up to oppose the amendment and forces otherwise supportive Members get get on record voting no with the Leadership.
Talk about tough choices. It’s not pretty.