Posts tagged ‘regulations’

March 9, 2012

House Passes Academic Freedom Act

The House passed H.R. 2117, the Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act, a measure that removes unnecessary and burdensome federal regulations on colleges and students, especially in the definition of credit-hour, and State accreditation.

The bill was passed by a vote of 303 – 114, with all Republicans voting for the measure.

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March 9, 2012

House Passes Oil Shale Bill

The House passed H.R. 3408, a bill which directs the Secretary of the Interior to proceed with the sale of mineral leases on federal land for oil shale, and also directs the Secretary to deem the environmental and energy regulations as of November 2008 as the controlling regulations in the exploration and exploitation of oil shale, notwithstanding any later regulations made.

The measure was passed by a vote of 237 – 187, with 21 Republicans voting against the bill, and 21 Democrats voting for the bill.

January 19, 2012

House Passes Regulatory Scrutiny Act

On December 7, 2011, the House passed HR 10, the Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act of 2011. The bill requires the Executive Department to submit major regulatory changes in writing to Congress, and allows Congress to give and up or down vote on the regulation in question.

Four Democrats, Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), McIntyre (NC-7), and Peterson (MN-7) joined all Republicans in the passage of the bill.

January 19, 2012

House Passes Power Plant Regulation Revision

The House passed HR 2250 on October 13, 2011. The EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 orders the EPA to reconsider and revise regulations it is placing on power generation plants that according to one of the bill’s sponsors, Rep. Whitfield (KY-1), will cost the energy industry $14 billion and 230,000 lost jobs.

Forty-one Democrats joined all Republicans in support of the measure, for a vote of 275 – 142.

January 19, 2012

Senate Ratifies Patent Process Funding Change

The Senate ratified the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (HR 1249) on September 8, 2011. The bill streamlines patent and trademark application procedures, changes the current “First to Invent” requirement to “First to File”, and shifts the cost of maintaining the Patent Office from the Federal Budget to applicant and user fees. This latter saves taxpayers $717 million over the next ten years.

Democrat Senators Boxer (CA), Cantwell (WA), and McCaskill (MO) joined six Republicans in opposing the bill.  Republican Senators Coburn (OK), DeMint (SC), Johnson (WI), Lee (UT), McCain (AZ), and Paul (KY) voted against it on grounds that it is the constitutional responsibility of the government to bear the costs of maintaining the Patent Office, and the imposition of higher fees on the applicants would inhibit individual entrepreneurs competing with corporations who can more easily afford the patent fees.

January 19, 2012

House Passes Bill to Assess Regulatory Impact on Economy

The House passed HR 2401, the Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011, September 23, 2011. The bill instructs the President to create a committee entitled “The Committee for the Cumulative Analysis of Regulations that Impact Energy and Manufacturing in the United States”. The purpose of it is to study and measure how Federal Regulations, especially made by the EPA, have a deleterious impact on businesses and communities, and make recommendations for amending or repealing regulations that have adverse affects.

The vote was 249 – 169, with 19 Democrats voting with the Republican  majority, and four Republicans voting against the bill: Bass (NH-2), Biggert (IL-13), Dold (IL-10), and Hayworth (NY-19).

October 15, 2011

HR 1315 Amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act

H.R.1315, the Consumer Financial Protection Safety and Soundness Improvement Act of 2011, was passed in the House by a vote of 241-173. It amends the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to authorize the Chairperson of the Financial Stability Oversight Council to issue a stay of, or set aside, any regulation issued by the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. Jones (NC-3) was the lone Republican to vote against the measure, while ten Democrats, Barrow (GA-12), Boren (OK-2), Chandler (KY-6), Cuellar (TX-28), Matheson (UT-2), McIntyre (NC-7), Owens (NY-23), Rahall (WV-3), Ross (AR-4), and Schrader (OR-5) voted for the bill. The act is now stalled in the Senate.

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 Passes Deregulation of Federal Water Pollution Standards to the States

HR 2018, the Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011, amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to preserve the authority of each State to make determinations relating to the State’s water quality standards, and requires the EPA to make a report on the economic impact of any pending regulation considering water pollution before its implementation.

The bill passed by a majority of 239-184, with 13 Republicans voting against it, and 16 Democrats voting for it. Republicans voting against it were: Dold (IL-10), Fitzpatrick (PA-8), Flake (AZ-6), Hayworth (NY-19), Johnson (IL-15) , Lance (NJ-7), LoBiondo (NJ-2), Reichert (WA-8), Rigell (VA-2), Smith (NJ-4), Wittman (VA-1), Wolf (VA-10), and Young (FL-10).

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).

 

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