[Constitution, Jefferson's Manual, and the Rules of the House of Representatives, 113th Congress]
[113rd Congress]
[House Document 112-161]
[Legislate Procedures Enacted in Law]
[Pages 1242-1248]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov]




a. high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel, Sec. Sec. 111-25

         24. Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982 [42 U.S.C. 10101]


                          [42 U.S.C. 10131-45]


              review of repository site selection, Sec. 115


                            [42 U.S.C. 10135]


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tains; and the last blank space in such resolution shall be filled with 
the date of such submission.
  Sec. 115. (a) definition.--For purposes of this section, the term 
``resolution of repository siting approval'' means a joint resolution of 
the Congress, the matter after the resolving clause of which is as 
follows: ``That there hereby is approved the site at ___ for a 
repository, with respect to which a notice of disapproval was submitted 
by ___ on ___''. The first blank space in such resolution shall be 
filled with the name of the geographic location of the proposed site of 
the repository to which such resolution pertains; the second blank space 
in such resolution shall be filled with the designation of the State 
Governor and legislature or Indian tribe governing body submitting the 
notice of disapproval to which such resolution per

  (b) state or indian tribe petitions.--The designation of a site as 
suitable for application for a construction authorization for a 
repository shall be effective at the end of the 60-day period beginning 
on the date that the President recommends such site to the Congress 
under section 114, unless the Governor and the legislature of the State 
in which such site is located, or the governing body of an Indian tribe 
on whose reservation such site is located, as the case may be, has 
submitted to the Congress a notice of disapproval under section 116 or 
118. If any such notice of disapproval has been submitted, the 
designation of such site shall not be effective except as provided under 
subsection (c).

  (c) congressional review of petitions.--If any notice of disapproval 
of a repository site designation has been submitted to the Congress 
under section 116 or 118 after a recommendation for approval of such 
site is made by the President under section 114, such site shall be 
disapproved unless, during the first period of 90 calendar days of 
continuous session of the Congress after the date of the receipt by the 
Congress of such notice of disapproval, the Congress passes a resolution 
of repository siting approval in accordance with this subsection 
approving such site, and such resolution thereafter becomes law.


  (d) procedures applicable to the senate.--[see 42 U.S.C. 10135(d)]


                                  * * *

  (e) procedures applicable to the house of representatives.--(1) The 
provisions of this section are enacted by the Congress--

          (A) as an exercise of the rulemaking power of the House of 

        Representatives, and as such they are deemed a part of the rules 

        of the House, but applicable only with respect to the procedure 

        to be followed in the House in the case of resolutions of 

        repository siting approval, and such provisions supersede other 

        rules of the House only to the extent that they are inconsistent 

        with such other rules; and

          (B) with full recognition of the constitutional right of the 

        House to change the rules (so far as relating to the procedure 

        of the House) at any time, in the same manner and to the same 


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        extent as in the case of any other rule of the House.

  (2) Resolutions of repository siting approval shall, upon 
introduction, be immediately referred by the Speaker of the House to the 
appropriate committee or committees of the House. Any such resolution 
received from the Senate shall be held at the Speaker's table.

  (3) Upon the expiration of 60 days of continuous session after the 
introduction of the first resolution of repository siting approval with 
respect to any site, each committee to which such resolution was 
referred shall be discharged from further consideration of such 
resolution, and such resolution shall be referred to the appropriate 
calendar, unless such resolution or an identical resolution was 
previously reported by each committee to which it was referred.

  (4) It shall be in order for the Speaker to recognize a Member 
favoring a resolution to call up a resolution of repository siting 
approval after it has been on the appropriate calendar for 5 legislative 
days. When any such resolution is called up, the House shall proceed to 
its immediate consideration and the Speaker shall recognize the Member 
calling up such resolution and a Member opposed to such resolution for 2 
hours of debate in the House, to be equally divided and controlled by 
such Members. When such time has expired, the previous question shall be 
considered as ordered on the resolution to adoption without intervening 
motion. No amendment to any such resolution shall be in order, nor shall 
it be in order to move to reconsider the vote by which such resolution 
is agreed to or disagreed to.

  (5) If the House receives from the Senate a resolution of repository 
siting approval with respect to any site, then the following procedures 
shall apply:

          (A) The resolution of the Senate with respect to such site 

        shall not be referred to a committee.

          (B) With respect to the resolution of the House with respect 

        to such site--

                  (i) the procedure with respect to that or other 

                resolutions of the House with respect to such site shall 

                be the same as if no resolution from the Senate with 

                respect to such site had been received; but

                  (ii) on any vote on final passage of a resolution of 

                the House with respect to such site, a resolution from 

                the Senate with respect to such site where the text is 

                identical shall be automatically substituted for the 


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                resolution of the House.

  (f) computation of days.--For purposes of this section--

          (1) continuity of session of Congress is broken only by an 

        adjournment sine die; and

          (2) the days on which either House is not in session because 

        of an adjournment of more than 3 days to a day certain are 

        excluded in the computation of the 90-day period referred to in 

        subsection (c) and the 60-day period referred to in subsections 


        (d) and (e).


                                  * * *

  The first time the House considered a measure under these procedures 
was to address the proposed Yucca Mountain Repository Site in the 107th 
Congress (H. J. Res. 87, May 8, 2002, p. 7145). A privileged joint 
resolution of approval called up under these procedures is subject to a 
point of order under section 425 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
(relating to unfunded mandates) (May 8, 2002, p. 7145).


                                                          Sec. 1130(24B)


              b. interim storage program, Sec. Sec. 131-37


                          [42 U.S.C. 10151-57]


        review of storage sites and state participation, Sec. 135


                            [42 U.S.C. 10155]


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storage capacity at such site was disapproved by such Governor or 
legislature or the governing body of such Indian tribe.
  Sec. 135. * * * (d) * * * (6)(A) Upon deciding to provide an aggregate 
of 300 or more metric tons of storage capacity under subsection (a)(1) 
at any one site, the Secretary shall notify the Governor and legislature 
of the State where such site is located, or the governing body of the 
Indian tribe in whose reservation such site is located, as the case may 
be, of such decision. During the 60-day period following receipt of 
notification by the Secretary of his decision to provide an aggregate of 
300 or more metric tons of storage capacity at any one site, the 
Governor or legislature of the State in which such site is located, or 
the governing body of the affected Indian tribe where such site is 
located, as the case may be, may disapprove the provision of 300 or more 
metric tons of storage capacity at the site involved and submit to the 
Congress a notice of such disapproval. A notice of disapproval shall be 
considered to be submitted to the Congress on the date of the 
transmittal of such notice of disapproval to the Speaker of the House 
and the President pro tempore of the Senate. Such notice of disapproval 
shall be accompanied by a statement of reasons explaining why the 
provision of such

  (B) Unless otherwise provided by State law, the Governor or 
legislature of each State shall have authority to submit a notice of 
disapproval to the Congress under subparagraph (A). In any case in which 
State law provides for submission of any such notice of disapproval by 
any other person or entity, any reference in this subtitle to the 
Governor or legislature of such State shall be considered to refer 
instead to such other person or entity.

  (C) The authority of the Governor and legislature of each State under 
this paragraph shall not be applicable with respect to any site located 
on a reservation.

  (D) If any notice of disapproval is submitted to the Congress under 
subparagraph (A), the proposed provision of 300 or more metric tons of 
storage capacity at the site involved shall be disapproved unless, 
during the first period of 90 calendar days of continuous session of the 
Congress following the date of the receipt by the Congress of such 
notice of disapproval, the Congress passes a resolution approving such 
proposed provision of storage capacity in accordance with the procedures 
established in this paragraph and subsections (d) through (f) of section 
115 and such resolution thereafter becomes law. For purposes of this 
paragraph, the term ``resolution'' means a joint resolution of either 
House of the Congress, the matter after the resolving clause of which is 
as follows: ``That there hereby is approved the provision of 300 or more 
metric tons of spent nuclear fuel storage capacity at the site located 
at ___, with respect to which a notice of disapproval was submitted by 
___ on ___.''. The first blank space in such resolution shall be filled 
with the geographic location of the site involved; the second blank 
space in such resolution shall be filled with the designation of the 
State Governor and legislature or affected Indian tribe governing body 
submitting the notice of disapproval involved; and the last blank space 
in such resolution shall be filled with the date of submission of such 
notice of disapproval.


  (E) For purposes of the consideration of any resolution described in 
subparagraph (D), each reference in subsections (d) and (e) of section 
115 to a resolution of repository siting approval shall be considered to 
refer to the resolution described in such subparagraph.


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                                  * * *


                                                          Sec. 1130(24C)


           c. monitored retrievable storage, Sec. Sec. 141-49


                     secretarial proposal, Sec. 141


                            [42 U.S.C. 10161]

  Sec. 141. * * * (b) submission of proposal by secretary.--(1) On or 
before June 1, 1985, the Secretary shall complete a detailed study of 
the need for and feasibility of, and shall submit to the Congress a 
proposal for, the construction of one or more monitored retrievable 
storage facilities for high-level radioactive waste and spent nuclear 
fuel. Each such facility shall be designed--

          (A) to accommodate spent nuclear fuel and high-level 

        radioactive waste resulting from civilian nuclear activities;

          (B) to permit continuous monitoring, management, and 

        maintenance of such spent fuel and waste for the foreseeable 

        future;

          (C) to provide for the ready retrieval of such spent fuel and 

        waste for further processing or disposal; and

          (D) to safely store such spent fuel and waste as long as may 

        be necessary by maintaining such facility through appropriate 

        means, including any required replacement of such facility. * * 


        *


                                  * * *


  (h) participation of states and indian tribes.--Any facility 
authorized pursuant to this section shall be subject to the provisions 
of sections 115, 116(a), 116(b), 116(d), 117, and 118. For purposes of 
carrying out the provisions of this subsection, any reference in 
sections 115 through 118 to a repository shall be considered to refer to 
a monitored retrievable storage facility.


                        site selection, Sec. 145


                            [42 U.S.C. 10165]


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  Sec. 145. (a) in general.--The Secretary may select the site evaluated 
under section 144 that the Secretary determines on the basis of 
available information to be the most suitable for a monitored 
retrievable storage facility that is an integral part of the system for 
the disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste 
established under this Act.


                                  * * *


                     notice of disapproval, Sec. 146


                            [42 U.S.C. 10166]

  Sec. 146. (a) in general.--The selection of a site under section 145 
shall be effective at the end of the period of 60 calendar days 
beginning on the date of notification under such subsection, unless the 
governing body of the Indian tribe on whose reservation such site is 
located, or, if the site is not on a reservation, the Governor and the 
legislature of the State in which the site is located, has submitted to 
Congress a notice of disapproval with respect to such site. If any such 
notice of disapproval has been submitted under this subsection, the 
selection of the site under section 145 shall not be effective except as 
provided under section 115(c).

  (b) references.--For purposes of carrying out the provisions of this 
subsection, references in section 115(c) to a repository shall be 
considered to refer to a monitored retrievable storage facility and 
references to a notice of disapproval of a repository site designation 
under section 116(b) or 118(a) shall be considered to refer to a notice 
of disapproval under this section.




                                                          Sec. 1130(25A)