H.R. 5019 - Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010

  H.R. 5019 - Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010

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Structured rule. 

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Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

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

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Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. This waiver does not affect the point of order available under clause 9 of rule XXI (regarding earmark disclosure).

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No amendments shall be in order except those amendments printed in the Rules Committee report accompanying the resolution.  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.

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Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI.

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Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

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Provides that the Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce or a designee.

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Provides that the Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill.

 
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. 5019) to provide for the establishment of the Home Star Retrofit Rebate Program, 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 except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. General debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. 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 Energy and Commerce 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 except those arising under clause 10 of rule XXI. 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. 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 to the House with such 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. The Chair may entertain a motion that the Committee rise only if offered by the chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce or his designee. The Chair may not entertain a motion to strike out the enacting words of the bill (as described in clause 9 of rule XVIII).

   

Sponsor

Description

Debate Time

1. Waxman (CA)

(REVISED) Would clarify that the rebate processing system will include information about quality assurance field inspections and Home Star loans related to any given home for which rebates were sought. Would allow a State to have confidential access to information concerning Home Star work performed in that State. Would provides for expedited appeals by contractors of determinations by quality assurance providers and dispute resolution. Would strike contracting and consultant hiring provisions in light of current law. Would clarify that Secretary is to conduct financial assistance program as well as quality assurance program in States where State declines to do so. Would allow a homeowner who has undertaken Silver Star measures for rebates to upgrade to Gold Star process, but solely for incremental improvements and with rebates capped at Gold Star maximum amount. Would promote coordination between Home Star and existing state energy efficiency programs. Would add separate categories and rebate amounts for highest-efficiency air conditioners and gas furnaces. Would provide a one-year deadline for homeowners to bring complaint related to completed Home Star project. Would strike Ways and Means jurisdictional provisions. Would clarify processes for determining and allocating State funds between State administrative functions and State financing support. Would clarify use of loan funds by striking paragraph on offering debt instruments to eligible participants. Would clarify that financing funds not loaned by States as of the sunset of program must be returned to the U.S. Treasury. Would strike unnecessary references to other federal programs in manufactured home rebate program.  Would encourage States to engage community colleges in energy retrofit initiatives by incorporating colleges' educational and worker training infrastructure into the quality assurance framework.  Would expand eligibility for a $50 rebate in the bill to cover replacement and new storm windows and doors on all homes, regardless of their age.  Would direct the Administrator of the EPA to develop a public education campaign to ensure outreach to seniors to describe the benefits of the programs and would promote lending to senior citizens living in older homes or living on fixed incomes.  Would require that rebate aggregators and data storage be housed wholly within the United States, to the extent consistent with the international obligations of the United States.  Would allow the Secretary to provide up to 0.2 percent of Gold Star funding for need-based scholarships to individuals to enable them to qualify as accredited contractors.  Would expand the public information campaign established in the bill to require the Administrator of the EPA to coordinate with the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on how to implement an outreach strategy to veterans and veteran service organizations about the retrofit rebate programs in the bill.  Would require the Secretary to approve or deny alternative standards for accreditation not later than 30 days after such standards are submitted.  Would explicitly state that insulated vinyl siding qualifies for the Gold Star Home Energy Retrofit Program.  Would direct the Secretary to create two separate telephone hotline numbers: one for contractors and another one for homeowners.  The hotlines would be available as a resource to ask questions about the Home Star program.  Would also direct the Secretary to determine the feasibility and efficiency of establishing an online chat function for the website established for the Home Star program.  Would modify the definition of "electric utility" in the bill to include entities engaged in selling electricity at wholesale, instead of including in the definition only those engaged in retail sales.  Would provide for a study by the Secretary of Energy, in conjunction with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to examine the effects of energy efficiency measures on noise reduction.  Would add veteran-owned small businesses to the types of businesses that States should recruit when developing a quality assurance framework.  Would allow owners of pre-1976 mobile homes to use rebates to purchase new Energy Star modular homes, in addition to new energy star manufactured homes.  Would address windows at altitudes of over 5,000 feet.  Would require the public information campaign to include information regarding financing options available to consumers and qualified financing entities under the Home Star Loan Program.

(20 minutes)

2. Barton (TX)

Would strike the provision that permits financing entities to use funds repaid by participants to provide assistance to additional participants.

(10 minutes)

3. Nye (VA)

Would add Armed Forces exchange services as qualified rebate aggregators.

(10 minutes)

4. Burgess (TX)

Would strike the public information campaign (section 109) from the bill and strike the campaign's $12 million authorization.

(10 minutes)

5. Deutch (FL)

Would require the Secretary to ensure that a home in a disaster area is not denied assistance under the Home Star program solely because there is no equipment or system to replace due to the disaster.

(10 minutes)

6. Flake, Jeff (AZ)

Would prohibit any of the funds authorized in the bill from being used for a Congressional earmark.

(10 minutes)

7. Garrett (NJ)

(REVISED) Would require a GAO study of how much money and energy has been saved by American consumers as a result of the increased energy efficiency measures undertaken in title I of the bill (the Silver Star and Gold Star programs), and whether the savings are greater than the cost of the implementation of title I of the bill.

(10 minutes)

8. Bachmann (MN)

Would require the Department of Energy's Inspector General to submit a report to Congress identifying incidents of waste, fraud and abuse associated with the programs created by the bill. Would require the report to include recommendations to prevent additional waste, fraud and abuse.

(10 minutes)