H. Res. 587: H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF  7-3 on Friday,  June 26, 2009 (Legislative Day of Thursday, June 25, 2009).
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 217 - 205 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY A RECORD VOTE OF 232 - 189 on Friday, June 26, 2009.

MANAGERS: Matsui/Sessions

111th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES 587

[Report No. 111-185]

 

H.R. 2454, the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

  1. Structured rule.
     
  2. Provides three hours of debate in the House with 2 ½ hours to be equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 30 minutes to be equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.
  1. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except for clauses 9 and 10 of rule XXI.
  1. Provides that in lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.R. 2998, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted.
     
  2. Waives all points of order against the bill, as amended.  This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).
  1. Provides that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
  1. Makes in order the further amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules, if offered by Representative Forbes of Virginia or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI, shall be considered as read, and shall be separately debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent.
  1. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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RESOLUTION

Resolved, That upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 2454) to create clean energy jobs, achieve energy independence, reduce global warming pollution and transition to a clean energy economy. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. In lieu of the amendment recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of H.R. 2998, modified by the amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. All points of order against provisions of the bill, as amended, are waived. The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) three hours of debate, with two and one half hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means; (2) the further amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules, if offered by Representative Forbes of Virginia or his designee, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI, shall be considered as read, and shall be separately debatable for 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent; and (3) one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

SUMMARY OF THE AMENDMENT IN PART A PROPOSED TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

Sponsor

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Description

1. Waxman (CA)

#121

REVISED The amendment would make changes to accommodate States that utilize a central purchasing model for its renewable electricity standard, and makes additional changes. It would provide FERC with sitting authority for the construction of certain high-priority interstate transmission lines constructed in the Western Interconnection. It also would amend the National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. It would require the Agriculture Secretary to establish a list of types of domestic agricultural and forestry practices that result in reductions or avoidance of greenhouse gas emissions. It exempts the agriculture and forestry sectors from the bill's emission caps. It redefines "biomass." It grandfathers existing biodiesel plants to exempt them from lifecycle analysis under the RFS. It would permit states to convey allowances in a SEED account directly to renewable energy generators. It would require the Agriculture Secretary to establish a carbon incentives program to achieve supplemental greenhouse gas emissions reductions on private agricultural and forestland. It would establish a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) for Federal agencies. It also would provide Federal agencies with the authority to enter into renewable energy power purchase agreements for up to 20 years. It would make natural gas fueled vehicles eligible for clean vehicle incentives, the vehicle integration program, and the manufacturing incentives for alternatively fueled vehicles. It would limit the cost of a permit for a license for the construction of a solar energy system. It would provide that noncompliance with permit cost requirements disqualifies the entity from Community Development Block Grants. It would authorize a national education and awareness program for the purpose of informing building, facility, and industrial plant owners and managers and decision makers, government leaders, and industry leaders about the large energy-saving potential of greater use of mechanical insulation and other benefits. It would amend the definition of a "cluster," as it applies to Energy Innovation Hubs. It would ensure that virtual connections qualify when defining a cluster. It would amend the Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program to provide that funds provided to disaster victims through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act may qualify as the building owners’ contribution toward the matching requirements of the REEP program. Requires the Federal agencies administering assistance to disaster victims through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act shall provide information to disaster victims on the REEP program. It would provide 10 percent of funding under the REEP program for retrofits of public and assisted housing. It would create a Community Building Code Administration Grant program, providing $100 million over five years in competitive, matching grants for local building code enforcement. It would limit the Building Energy Performance Labeling Program in sec. 204 of the bill to new construction only. It would provide incentives to lenders and financial institutions to provide lower interest loans and other benefits to consumers who build, buy, or remodel homes and businesses to improve their energy efficiency. It would direct HUD to issue rules to prohibit private covenants that restrict or prohibit the installation of solar energy systems. It would authorize the Energy Secretary to develop a research program to study the factors affecting whether consumers adopt energy conservation practices or make energy efficiency improvements. It would require the Energy Secretary to report to Congress on a study on the use of thorium-fueled nuclear reactors for national energy needs, including a response to the IAEA study entitled “Thorium fuel cycle - Potential benefits and challenges.” It would establish a clean energy career training clearinghouse to aid institutions with Federal resources, expertise, information and points of contact in establishing and maintaining quality training programs. It would add provision seeking to ensure that minority-owned and women-owned businesses can benefit from grants aimed at stimulating business development. It would require the Labor Secretary to monitor the potential growth of impacted and displaced workers to ensure that the necessary funding continues to support the number of workers affected. It would express the senses of Congress that the United States should work with the International Civil Aviation Organization.

SUMMARY OF THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE IN PART B PROPOSED TO BE MADE IN ORDER

Sponsor

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Description

Debate Time

1. Forbes (VA)

#14

Would strike everything and insert the text of H.R. 513, the "New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence."

(30 minutes)