House Will Take Up Third Party Liability Bill About 5:00 pm ET Today–update

House Will Take Up Third Party Liability Bill About 5:00 pm ET Today–update

Update:  A link to the text of the bill on GPO’s website has been added.

The House reconvened at 2:00 pm ET today and after a series of so-called “one minute speeches” recessed until approximately 5:00 pm today.  At that time, it will take up four bills, including one to extend third-party liability indemnification for two more years.

Votes will not be held until 6:30 pm ET.   The bills are being considered under a procedure called “suspension of the rules” where bills that are relatively noncontroversial can bypass some of the usual procedures with the expectation they can garner a two-thirds “aye” vote.  Each bill typically is allotted 10 minutes of debate on each side.

The launch liability bill, H.R. 6586, was introduced on Friday and is a simple two-year extension of existing authority.  The text of the bill is on the Government Printing Office’s website.

H.R. 6586 is listed last of the four bills.  The other three are not related to space activities:  Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012, Streamlining Claims Processing for Federal Contractor Employees Act, and European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011.

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