H.Res. 615: H.R. 3221 - New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act; H.R. 2776 - Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY  A RECORD VOTE OF 9-0 on Friday August 3, 2007.
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF  215-191 AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 220 - 186 on Saturday, August 4, 2007.

MANAGERS:WELCH/DIAZ-BALART

110th Congress 
1st Session

H.RES. 615

[Report No. 110-300]

 

 

H.R. 3221 – New Direction for Energy Independence, National Security, and Consumer Protection Act

H.R. 2776 – Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act of 2007 

  1. Provides for consideration of H.R. 3221 under a structured rule.
  2. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  3. Provides two hours of general debate, with 15 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of each of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, Small Business, and Oversight and Government Reform.
  4. The amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.  The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment and shall be considered as read.
  5. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.
  6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in part B of the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.
  7. Provides that the amendments made in order may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.
  8. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except for those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  9. Provides one motion to recommit H.R. 3221 with or without instructions.
  10. Provides for consideration of H.R. 2776 under a closed rule.
  11. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.
  12. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means.
  13. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted.  The bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.
  14. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.
  15. Provides one motion to recommit H.R. 2776 with or without instructions.
  16. In the engrossment of H.R. 3221, the text of H.R. 2776, as passed by the House, shall be added at the end of H.R. 3221.  Upon such engrossment, H.R. 2776 shall be laid on the table.
  17. Provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration in the House of H.R. 3221 or H.R. 2776 to a time designated by the Speaker.

 

RESOLUTION

          Resolved, That at any time after the adoption of this resolution the Speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule XVIII, declare the House resolved into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for consideration of the bill (H.R. 3221) moving the United States toward greater energy independence and security, developing innovative new technologies, reducing carbon emissions, creating green jobs, protecting consumers, increasing clean renewable energy production, and modernizing our energy infrastructure.  The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed two hours, with 15 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of each of the Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, Science and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, Small Business, and Oversight and Government Reform.  The amendment printed in part A of the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted in the House and in the Committee of the Whole.  The bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read.  All points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived.  Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part B of the report of the Committee on Rules.  Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the House or in the Committee of the Whole.  All points of order against such amendments are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the House with such further amendments as may have been adopted.  The previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 

          Sec. 2.  Upon the adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the House the bill (H.R. 2776) to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to provide tax incentives for the production of renewable energy and energy conservation.  All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.  The amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Ways and Means now printed in the bill 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, to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means; and (2) one motion to recommit with or without instructions. 

          Sec. 3. (a) In the engrossment of H.R. 3221, the Clerk shall--

          (1) add the text of H.R. 2776, as passed by the House, as new matter at the end of H.R. 3221;

          (2) conform the title of H.R. 3221 to reflect the addition of the text of H.R. 2776 to the engrossment;

          (3) assign appropriate designations to provisions within the engrossment; and

          (4) conform cross-references and provisions for short titles within the engrossment.

         (b) Upon the addition of the text of H.R. 2776 to the engrossment of H.R. 3221, H.R. 2776 shall be laid on the table.

         Sec. 4. During consideration in the House of H.R. 3221 or H.R. 2776 pursuant to this resolution, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of either bill to such time as may be designated by the Speaker.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT IN PART A TO BE CONSIDERED AS ADOPTED

 The amendment makes technical changes and adds language to titles II, IV, VII, VIII, and IX.  The amendment adds the Feedstock Flexibility Program to the underlying bill and reduces funding for the biomass program contained in Title V sufficient to reduce outlays and comply with PAYGO requirements.

Text of Part A

SUMMARY AND TEXT OF AMENDMENTS IN PART B TO BE MADE IN ORDER

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors) 

1. Blumenauer (OR):

The amendment to title IX would encourage natural gas utilities to plan for and prioritize energy efficiency.  It requires state regulators to consider crafting rate policies that align utility revenue recovery measures with incentives for energy conservation.

 (10 minutes)

2. Shays (CT):

The amendment doubles the current level of funding for 2007 and 2008 for the  weatherization assistance program in section 9034(a).

 (10 minutes)

3. Hooley (OR)/McCaul (TX)/Matheson (UT):

The amendment to title IX authorizes the Administrator of the EPA to enter into an arrangement with the Secretary of Education & the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study of how sustainable building features such as energy efficiency affect multiple perceived indoor environmental quality stressors on students in K-12 schools.  There are authorized to be appropriated for carrying out this section $200,000 for each of the fiscal years 2008 through 2012.

 (10 minutes)

4. Pitts (PA):

The amendment would except boilers that operate without the need for electricity supply from the energy efficiency requirements in section 9003(4) of the bill, regarding appliance efficiency.

 (10 minutes)

5. Terry (NE):

The attached amendment to title IX would add a section to accelerate the adoption of geothermal heat pumps by the Federal government.

 (10 minutes)

6. Udall, Tom (NM)/Pallone (NJ)/Van Hollen (MD)/Waxman (CA)/Udall, Mark (CO)/Rodriguez (TX)/DeGette (CO)/Platts (PA):

Requires electric suppliers, other than governmental entities and rural electric cooperatives, to provide 15 percent of their electricity using renewable energy resources by the year 2020.  Allows 4 percent of the requirement to be satisfied with electricity efficiency measures.

 (10 minutes)

7. Van Hollen (MD):

The amendment to title IX would add a sixth policy option to H.R. 3221’s existing “State Must Consider” language asking state regulatory authorities and nonregulated utilities to consider “offering home energy audits, publicizing the financial and environmental benefits associated with home energy efficiency improvements and educating homeowners about all existing federal and state incentives, including the availability of low-cost loans, that make home energy efficiency improvements more affordable.” 

 (10 minutes)

8. Schwartz (PA):

The amendment to title IX requires all federal government agencies to change their acquisitions rules for planning meetings and conferences to consider the environmentally preferable features and practices of a vendor, similar to the acquisition rules of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 (10 minutes)

9. Arcuri (NY)/Hinchey (NY)/Hall, John (NY):

The amendment to title IX would repeal the availability of Federal eminent domain authority for use by companies permitted by FERC to construct or modify transmission lines within National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  In place of this, the amendment would amend section 216(e) of the Federal Power Act to require permitted companies to proceed in accordance with state law for the state in which the property is located.

 (10 minutes)

10. Hodes (NH)/Welch (VT):

The amendment to title IX would order the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study of the renewable energy system rebate program for homes and small businesses, described in section 206-c of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.  The study would require a plan for the program if it were funded, and determine the minimum amount the program would need to be viable. 

 (10 minutes)

 

11. Murphy, Tim (PA):

 

This amendment modifies Sec. 9502(a) of H.R. 3221 to ensure that the Energy Information Administration restores its previously-terminated collection of data on solid by-products from coal-based energy producing facilities and makes improvements on these data.  

 (10 minutes)

12. Murphy, Christopher (CT):

 

 

 

 

This amendment to title IX will require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to hold one public meeting before issuing a permit, license, or authorization that will affect land use when a public meeting is requested by at least five individuals or an organization representing 30 or more people.  If a request for reconsideration is granted and the request was filed before enactment of this section and a hearing had not been held before the permit or authorization concerned was issued, the Commission must hold a hearing.

 (10 minutes)

13. Sali (ID):

The amendment to title IX provides a sense of the Congress recognizing and supporting large and small scale conventional hydropower.

 (10 minutes)

14. Welch (VT):

The amendment to title IX would establish a grant program for Colleges and Universities to invest in sustainable and efficient energy projects, up to $1 million for efficiency and $500,000 for sustainability.

 (10 minutes)

15. Castle (DE)/Delahunt (MA):

The amendment to title VII requires the Minerals Management Service to submit a report to Congress on the status of regulations required to be issued with respect to offshore wind energy production.

 (10 minutes)

16. Wu (OR):

Amends title IV to require the Secretary of Energy to establish a grant program for universities to research and develop renewable energy technologies. Priority is given to universities in low income and rural communities with proximity to trees dying of disease or insect infestation. Authorizes $25 million for the total program.

 (10 minutes)

17. Giffords (AZ):

This amendment to title IV would create a Solar Energy Industries Research and Promotion Board to increase consumer awareness nationwide of solar energy options and appropriate certifications.  The solar program would be funded entirely by a small portion of industry revenues.  No appropriations are authorized.

 (10 minutes)

18. Tauscher (CA)/Rogers, Mike (MI):

The amendment to title VIII would create a pilot program in urbanized and other than urbanized areas to increase the use of vanpooling and the number of vanpools in service.

 (10 minutes)

19. Holt (NJ):

The amendment to title VIII would require the Center for Climate Change Environment and the Environmental Protection Agency to examine the potential fuel savings from intelligent transportation systems that would help businesses and consumers to plan their travel and avoid delays, including web-based real-time transit information systems, congestion information systems, carpool information systems, parking information systems, freight route management, and traffic management systems.

 (10 minutes)

20. Hastings (FL):

The amendment to title II makes findings regarding fuel supplies and expresses the Sense of Congress that the should further global energy security and promote democratic development in resource rich foreign countries by encouraging further participation in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and other international initiatives.

 (10 minutes)

21. Solis (CA)/Carnahan (MO):

This amendment to title II requires an assessment of current and anticipated needs of developing countries in adapting to climate change, which includes a strategy to address these needs and an identification of funding sources for such purposes.

 (10 minutes)

22. Cleaver (MO):

The amendment to the Energy Policy Act of 1992 would prohibit any Federal agency, including any office of the legislative branch, from acquiring a light duty motor vehicle or medium duty motor vehicle that is not a low greenhouse gas emitting vehicle.

 (10 minutes)

23. Sarbanes (MD)/Wolf (VA):

The amendment to title VI requires federal agencies to develop and implement a telework (work from home or close to home) policy for eligible employees excluding those who handle secure materials or special equipment; are assigned to national security functions; or voluntarily decline the telework option.

 (10 minutes)