H.R. 6 - Energy Policy Act of 2003

COMMITTEE ACTION: REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, April 9, 2003 (Calendar Day of Wednesday, April 10, 2003).
FLOOR ACTION: ADOPTED BY RECORD VOTE OF 236-190, AFTER AGREEING ON THE PREVIOUS BY A RECORD VOTE OF 226-202, on Thursday, February 13, 2003.
MANAGERS: HASTINGS(WA)/SLAUGHTER
108th Congress
1st Session

H.R. 6 - Energy Policy Act of 2003

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides one hour and 30 minutes of general debate with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairmen and ranking minority members of each of the following Committees: Science, Resources, and Ways and Means.

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

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

5. 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.

6. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

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

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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. 6) to enhance energy conservation and research and development, to provide for security and diversity in the energy supply for the American people, 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 and 30 minutes, with 30 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of each of the Committees on Science, Resources, and Ways and Means. After general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. The bill shall be considered as read. No amendment shall be in order except those printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution. Each 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. 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.

--------- SUMMARY OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER
(Summaries derived from information provided by amendment sponsor.)

1. Boehlert/Markey #37Requires the Department of Transportation to promulgate rules to ensure that the total amount of oil cars and light trucks will consume in the year 2010 will be 5% less than the total amount they would otherwise consume if the average fuel economy standards were to remain at 2004 levels. (30 minutes)

2. Dingell #18 - Substitute Amendment on Electricity. Provides FERC broad anti-fraud authority, for both electricity and natural gas markets. Establishes audit trail requirements to improve FERC's ability to conduct investigations and take enforcement actions. Provides for greater transparency, by requiring reporting of information about transactions or quotations involving sales or transmissions of electricity or gas. Increases penalties for civil and criminal offenses to levels in the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Requires FERC to issue rules to prevent affiliate abuse, authorizes FERC to refund electricity overcharges back to the date they commenced, and requires FERC to reform its policy on "market-based" electricity rates. Directs SEC to review PUHCA exemptions. (30 minutes)

3. Wilson (NM) #65 Limits the surface area covered by production and support facilities on the Alaska Coastal Plain to 2,000 acres or less. (20 minutes)

4. Peterson (PA) #51 Makes available to the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program $2.1 billion in bonus bids expected if the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is made available for energy exploration. (20 minutes)

5. Markey/Johnson (CT) #52 Preserves current law, which prohibits drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (20 minutes)

6. Vitter #62 Expresses the sense of Congress that the United States should reduce dependence on foreign energy sources from 58%, the percentage of oil consumed from foreign sources in 2002, to 45% within ten years. (10 minutes)

7. Davis (VA)/Waxman #61 Clarifies that reports relating to federal procurement policy and federal contracting policy should be submitted to all relevant Congressional committees, including the Government Reform Committee of the House and Governmental Affairs Committee of the Senate. Adds a study of the energy conservation implications of the widespread adoption of telecommuting by federal employees in the United States. Adds a study to consider the merits of establishing performance measures to guide the reduction of petroleum consumption by federal fleets. (20 minutes)

8. Oberstar/Norton #45 Authorizes the General Services Administrator to establish a photovoltaic solar energy commercialization program for the procurement and installation of photovoltaic solar energy systems for electric production in new and existing public buildings. Authorizes $262.7 million for each fiscal year from 2004 to 2008. (20 minutes)

9. Brown (OH) #1 Adds a new section authorizing a Gasoline Availability Stabilization (GAS) Reserve program modeled on the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) and administered by DoE. Requires establishment of 3 GAS Reserves within 2 years of enactment: 1 in California, 1 in the Midwest, and 1 in the Northeast. Allows the Secretary to create 2 additional GAS Reserves anywhere in the country, at any time during the program's 6-year authorization. Authorizes emergency sales from a GAS Reserve only in response to a physical disruption (like a refinery fire or a pipeline outage) in the supply of gasoline to a State, and then only when the State's Governor requests assistance and the Secretary concurs, based in part on consideration of the effect of GAS Reserve sales on the region's gas market. Authorizes maintenance transactions with safeguards to prevent price inflation and ensure product freshness. Authorizes such sums to build and run the GAS Reserve. (20 minutes)

10. Udall (NM) #40 Strikes sect. 14029, eliminating the $10 M payment for 3 years to improve leaching uranium mining techniques. (20 minutes)

11. Nadler #63 Adds to the Highly Enriched Uranium Diversion Study Threat Report (required by section 14032), a new section on the benefits of accelerating the purchase of excess weapons grade plutonium and uranium from Russia to reduce the likelihood that such plutonium and uranium could be stolen or sold to terrorists. (10 minutes)

12. Reynolds/Houghton #9 Requires the Secretary of Energy to develop a plan for the transfer of the Western New York Service Center in West Valley, New York, to the federal government, and requires that the plan be transmitted to Congress by December 31, 2003. (20 minutes)

13. Barrett #43 Requires the Secretary of Energy to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of developing commercial nuclear energy production facilities at existing Department of Energy sites. (10 minutes)

14. Blumenauer #54 Establishes within the Department of Transportation a Conserve by Bicycling pilot program. Instructs the Secretary of Transportation to report to Congress on the results of the pilot program within two years of implementation. (10 minutes)

15. Ryan (WI) #57 Begins the reduction in the number of boutique fuels by establishing two fuels for states to select when writing their plans to control air pollution to be submitted for EPA approval. Establishes two preferred options for gasoline: a clean-burning gasoline (6.8 Reid Vapor Pressure) and a low Reid Vapor Pressure gasoline (7.8 RVP). Provides statutory preference to a State Implementation Plan that selects one of the identified fuels. (20 minutes)

16. Schakowsky #42 Expresses the sense of Congress that the Department of Energy should develop and implement more stringent inventory and procurement controls, including controls on the purchase card program. (10 minutes)

17. Wu #46 Requires the Secretary of Energy to make to Congress a biennial report detailing the department's equal employment opportunity practices (10 minutes)

18. Capps/Miller (FL)/Davis (FL) #24 Strikes section 30220 relating to protections for sensitive coastal areas. (20 minutes)

19. Kind #26 Strikes Title II of Division C, relating to oil and gas development provisions. (20 minutes)

20. Rahall #4 Strikes Title VII of Division C (Federal Coal Leasing). Title VII would repeal the existing 160-acre limitation for lease modifications. (20 minutes)

21. Thomas #79 Strikes section 42011 relating to the prepayment of premium liability for coal industry health benefits. (10 minutes)

22. Reynolds/Rogers (MI) #38 Expresses Sense of Congress encouraging the Great Lakes States to continue their prohibitions on Great Lakes off-shore oil and gas drilling. (10 minutes)

TEXT OF AMENDMENTS MADE IN ORDER (.pdf)

1. Boehlert/Markey

2. Dingell

3. Wilson (NM)

4. Peterson (PA)

5. Markey/Johnson (CT)

6. Vitter

7. Davis (VA)/Waxman

9. Brown (OH)

10. Udall (NM)

11. Nadler

12. Reynolds/Houghton

13. Barrett

14. Blumenauer

15. Ryan (WI)

16. Schakowsky

17. Wu

18. Capps/Miller/ (FL)/Davis (FL)

19. Kind

20. Rahall

21. Thomas