Posts tagged ‘regulatory review’

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.

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

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 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).

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.

April 14, 2011

House Disapproves FCC Rule to Regulate the Internet

On April 8th, 2011, the House voted 240-179 on House Joint Resolution 37 which disapproves the FCC determination that the Internet is effectively a communication transmission mechanism, and as such is subject to regulation by the FCC in a manner like phone services.

Two Republicans, David Reichert (WA-8) and Scott Rigell (VA-2) voted against the measure, while six Democrats joined the majority for the measure: Bishop (GA-2), Boren (OK-2), Peterson (MN-7), Schrader (OR-5), Scott (GA-13), and Thompson (MS-2).

April 8, 2011

Senate Approves Amendment Ordering OMB to Streamline Programs

Senate Amendment 273, which orders the Office of Management and Budget to consolidate unnecessary duplicative and overlapping government programs was passed by a vote of 64-36. The legislation follows on from a GAO report to Congress entitled “Opportunities to Reduce Potential Duplication in Government Programs, Save Tax Dollars, and Enhance Revenue” (GAO-11-318SP) and applies the savings towards deficit reduction; it is estimated that the actions by the OMB will save taxpayers at least $5 billion annually.

Thad Cochran (MS) was the only Republican voting against the measure, while 16 Democrats joined the Republicans in support of the bill.

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.

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