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Committee Looks to Build Upon Bipartisan #RecordOfSuccess As 3 Bills Await House Vote


06.22.15

House to Consider Three Bills That Will Keep Electricity Affordable, Improve Chemical Safety, and Protect the Future of the Internet


WASHINGTON, DC – With three bipartisan bills expected on the House floor this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is poised to build upon its #RecordOfSuccess. The three important bills will keep electricity affordable for consumers, improve chemical safety and manufacturing in the U.S., and protect the future of the Internet.

The legislation to be debated by the full House this week includes:

  • H.R.  2576, The TSCA Modernization Act. This landmark legislation would bring much-needed reform to the decades-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), and is a true bipartisan breakthrough for the committee. Support has poured in for this bill as it works to improve the protection of human health and the environment. The commonsense reforms will help to better facilitate interstate and international commerce and provide the public with greater confidence in the safety of American-made chemicals and the products that contain them. The House will consider this legislation on Tuesday, June 23.

AUTHORS: Environment and the Economy Subcommittee Chairman John Shimkus (R-IL), Subcommittee Ranking Member Paul Tonko (D-NY), Full Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ).

To learn more about H.R. 2576, click here.

  • H.R. 805, The Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters (DOTCOM) Act. This bipartisan legislation aims to protect the future of the Internet by ensuring that Congress continues its oversight role over the administration’s work to transition its Domain Name System authority from the United States to the global Internet community. The House will consider this legislation on Tuesday, June 23.

AUTHOR: Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL)

To learn more about H.R. 805, click here.

  • H.R. 2042, The Ratepayer Protection Act. Last June, EPA proposed a rule for existing power plants, referred to by the agency as its “Clean Power Plan.” In the rule, EPA interprets a rarely invoked provision of the Clean Air Act, section 111(d), to allow the agency to set mandatory carbon dioxide (CO2) “goals” for each state’s electricity system. State governors, regulators, and other stakeholders have submitted extensive comments raising concerns about the numerous ways EPA is seeking to fundamentally change how electricity is generated, distributed, and consumed in the United States.

H.R. 2042 would put electric generation back in the hands of states. The legislation seeks to empower states to protect families and businesses from EPA’s costly regulations by allowing them to determine whether or not EPA’s proposed standards are in the best interest of the state. The House will consider this legislation on Wednesday, June 24.

AUTHORS: Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-VA), and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN).

To learn more about H.R. 2042, click here.

To learn more about the committee’s growing #RecordOfSuccess, click here.

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