H.R. 4761 - Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006

COMMITTEE ACTION:   REPORTED BY A RECORD VOTE OF 9-4, on Wednesday June 28, 2006. 
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY VOICE VOTE AFTER AGREEING TO THE PREVIOUS QUESTION BY THE YEAS AND NAYS 224-193 on Thursday June 29, 2006.

MANAGERS: CAPITO/HASTINGS (FL)

109th Congress
2nd Session

H.RES. 897

[Report No. 109- 540]

 

 

H.R. 4761 - DEEP OCEAN ENERGY RESOURCES ACT OF 2006
1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Resources.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Resources now printed in the bill shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of amendment and shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Resources.

6. Makes in order only those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.

7. Provides that the amendments printed in the report 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.

9. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

10. Provides that House Resolutions 162, 163, 181, 182, 393, 395, 400, 401, 468, and 620 are laid upon the table.

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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. 4761) to provide for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources on the outer Continental Shelf, and for other purposes. The first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Resources. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Resources now printed in the bill. The committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. All points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. Notwithstanding clause 11 of rule XVIII, no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. 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. At the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the Committee shall rise and report the bill to the House with such amendments as may have been adopted. Any Member may demand a separate vote in the House on any amendment adopted in the Committee of the Whole to the bill or to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. 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. House Resolutions 162, 163, 181, 182, 393, 395, 400, 401, 468, and 620 are laid upon the table.

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS TO BE MADE IN ORDER 
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Pombo (CA) #11: 
Manager’s Amendment. Makes technical corrections and addresses jurisdictional issues with the Committee on Science and the Committee on Education and the Workforce regarding section 23 of the bill by eliminating a kindergarten through grade 12 education component and by providing an authorization for a Department of Energy research, development and scholarship program. It incorporates two of the amendments filed by Ms. Jackson-Lee (numbers 13 and 16) which would otherwise not be in order because of the restructuring of section 23. The amendment includes the text of the amendment filed by Mr. Markey (# 9) and addresses the concerns expressed in the amendment filed by Mr. Hinojosa (#2). It also includes Mr. Miller’s (#17) amendment prohibiting leasing east of the military mission line offshore Florida. It provides that States must take action to prevent leasing and cannot rely upon the President to do that for them. It clarifies that funding provided under section 30 is contingent on reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000, a clarification requested by Chairman Goodlatte. The amendment also includes insular area schools as eligible institutions for funding under section 23. It includes a Sense of the Congress that energy development on the OCS will help promote and increase American jobs. It removes three sections of the bill that changed the existing process for handling exploration and development plans. Finally, the amendment reduces the cost of the measure significantly by: (1) Subjecting expenditures to appropriations for three of the four funds. Only the rural schools fund is directly funded now. (2) Requiring the Secretary to hold a certain lease sale earlier than originally required. (Lease Sale 181 bulge area in the Gulf of Mexico) (3) As part of the Clinton Administration’s Deep Water Royalty Relief Act of 1995 correction, allowing only 1998 and 1999 leases to incorporate the bill’s oil and gas price thresholds. Leases from other years already have price thresholds. (4) Excepting leases already in litigation from provisions of the bill that require the Department of Interior to buy back non-producing leases for which the government will not issue actual drilling permits. (5) For production within 12 miles of the coast: Reduce the initial state revenue share from 75% to 25% for the first five years and increase by 5% per year to a total of 50% in year 10. In determining whether (and at what rate) to increase the state revenue share from 50% to 75%, requiring the total 2007-2016 receipts from new program areas to exceed $4 billion (the CBO receipts projection baseline) and depending on future increases from new program areas. (6) Changes the Resource Conservation Fee for non-producing leases from a range to a fixed $3.75/acre. (7) Lastly, it limits the revenue sharing provisions for areas more than 100 miles from the coastline if the Adjacent State does not allow any leasing within 100 of its coastline. (10 minutes)

2. Inslee (WA) #19:
Increases from $6 million to $20 million the amount made available by the Secretary for renewable ocean energy generation.(10 minutes)

3. Davis, Tom (VA) #12:
REVISED. Authorizes $150 million of OCS receipts to be available to the Secretary of the Treasury for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2016 to make payments subject to appropriations to fund in part capital and preventive maintenance projects for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). (10 minutes)

4. Markey (MA) #10:
Strikes the provisions in the underlying bill lifting the 25-year moratorium on oil and gas drilling in environmentally-sensitive areas offshore. Leaves intact provisions designed to provide oil companies with incentives to renegotiate existing leases that fail to include market-based price caps for the suspension of royalty-free drilling and begin production on active leases that are not producing.
(10 minutes)

5. Bilirakis (FL)/Diaz-Balart, Mario (FL)/ Harris (FL)/ Wasserman Schultz (FL) /Wexler (FL)/ Young, C.W. Bill (FL)/ Brown-Waite (FL): #7
REVISED. Prohibits leasing (either oil and gas or natural gas) within 125 miles of a state’s coastline unless the state requests leasing. (10 minutes)

TEXT OF THE AMENDMENTS 
(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

1. Pombo (CA) #11

2. Inslee (WA) #19

3. Davis, Tom (VA) #12

4. Markey (MA) #10

5. Bilirakis (FL)/Diaz-Balart, Mario (FL)/ Harris (FL)/ Wasserman Schultz (FL) /Wexler (FL)/ Young, C.W. Bill (FL)/ Brown-Waite (FL): #7