Posts tagged ‘climate change’

July 16, 2011

House Passes Incandescent Light Bulb Bill in Surprising Tactic

Friday, while debating HR 2354, the energy and water appropriations bill, Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26) proposed amendment 679 which prohibits the use of Federal funds to implement the existing statute which bans incandescent light bulbs in the near future. The amendment was passed on a voice vote.

As the amendment is in an appropriations bill, it cannot change statute law, but it can keep the law from being enforced. At some later time, there will be the need for the Congress to repeal the existing statute.

July 16, 2011

House Fails to Pass Ban of CFL Light Bulb Regulations

HR 2417, the Better Use of Light Bulbs Act, failed to pass in the House through a mistaken parliamentary maneuver. The bill basically says that no governmental entity in the United States can mandate a ban on incandescent light bulbs. The vote for suspending committee review and bringing the measure to the floor immediately required a 2/3 majority, which it failed to do, as only 233 members voted for it, with 193 voting against it. It is hoped that the measure will be brought up again in this session through the regular committee process and passed by a simple majority.

Rep. Bishop (UT-1) voted present, and ten Republicans voted against the bill: Bass (NH-2), Bilbray (CA-50), Garrett (NJ-5), Griffith (VA-9), Hanna (NY-24), Huelskamp (KS-1), Reed (NY-29), Reichert (WA-8), Rigell (VA-2), and Thompson (PA-5).


June 27, 2011

House Passes Restrictions on EPA Oversight of Offshore Drilling

By a vote of 253-166, the House passed HR 2021, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act, which amends the Clean Air Act provisions related to air pollution emanating from offshore drilling rigs. At present, the EPA has the authority to measure and control emanations on site, but this bill requires that air quality measurements be conducted onshore, and that the EPA does not have the authority to consider permits for Outer Continental Shelf rigs.

Two Republicans, Jones (NC-3) and Duncan (TN-2), voted against the bill, and 23 Democrats joined the majority in its passage.

June 15, 2011

Senate Rejects Ethanol Tax Credit Repeal

In a mostly partisan vote, the Senate voted 40-59 to reject an amendment to the Economic Development Revitalization Act.
The amendment, offered by Senator Tom Coburn (OK) would have repealed the $3 billion excise tax credit and the tariff on ethanol imports, known officially as the Global Climate Change Mitigation Incentive Fund.

The thirteen Republican Senators (who all hail from corn-producing states) voting against S. Amdt. 436 to S. 782 were: Blunt (MO), Coats (IN), Cochran (MS), Grassley (IA), Hoeven (ND), Johanns (NE), Kirk (IL), Lugar (IN), Moran (KS), Portman (OH), Roberts (KS), Thune (SD), and Wicker (MS). Six Democrats joined the majority of the Republicans voted in support of the repeal: Cantwell (WA), Lieberman (CT), Manchin (WV), Pryor (AR), Tester (MT), and Webb (VA).

April 8, 2011

Senate Rejects Prohibiting EPA From Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Senate Amendment 183, which is a companion legislation to H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, was rejected by a vote of 50-50; the measure required a 3/5 majority vote for passage. This amendment to the Small Business Reauthorization Act prohibits the EPA from promulgating regulations including greenhouse gases such as water vapor and carbon dioxide in its vehicle emission standards.

The vote was largely on a partisan line, with only one Republican Senator, Susan Collins (ME) voting against it, but with Democrats Mary Landrieu (LA), Joe Manchin (WV), Ben Nelson (NE), and Mark Pryor (AR) voting for it.

April 8, 2011

House Passes Energy Tax Prevention Act

H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, prohibits the EPA from defining certain vehicle emission gases, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide, as greenhouse gases in its regulations to stem climate change. The bill also prohibits individual states (such as California) from mandating stricter vehicle emission standards than that provided for by the Federal Government. The CBO estimates that this will save the Federal Government $307 million over the next six years; no estimate of how much this will save consumers at the gas pump, or reduce costs in the auto and oil industries, but it is a significant amount.

The measure passed by a vote of 255-172, with all Republicans voting for it, joined by 19 Democrats.

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