The Energy Consumers Relief Act (H.R. 1582)
The Energy Consumers Relief Act will help protect Americans from new billion-dollar Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that may increase energy prices and destroy jobs. The bill would ensure that there is greater transparency, interagency review, and oversight of EPA’s most expensive energy rules. Specifically, the legislation will:
Provide that before the EPA finalizes an energy-related rule costing more than $1 billion, the agency must submit a report to Congress detailing certain cost, benefit, energy price, and job impacts. Prohibit EPA from finalizing a rule if the Secretary...
The Northern Route Approval Act
The Keystone XL pipeline is a $7 billion private-sector infrastructure project that will bring thousands of jobs and greater energy security to America, but this landmark jobs and energy project has been tied up in regulatory review. While President Obama has not yet approved the project, even with the Presidential Permit, construction of the pipeline will likely be further delayed due to additional regulatory hurdles and legal challenges. To clear away the roadblocks preventing construction of the pipeline, the Northern Route Approval Act:
Declares that no...
Energy and Commerce Committee Identifies Nearly $100 Billion in Savings Over Next Decade
In the effort to avert across-the-board cuts to the nation’s armed forces and key priorities, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has identified nearly $100 billion in savings over the next decade as part of the Spending Reduction Act of 2012, (H.R. 6684). These initiatives, which were part of the reconciliation package that passed the House in May 2012, will repeal numerous Obamacare slush funds and make necessary adjustments to our nation’s growing entitlement programs.
Obamacare Slush Funds
Repeal Prevention and Public Health Fund...
Stop the War on Coal Act (H.R. 3409)
Title I of the bill, the Coal Miner Employment and Domestic Energy Infrastructure Protection Act, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), will protect American jobs and support U.S. energy production by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from issuing new rules or regulations that will adversely impact mining jobs and our economy. It is a necessary safeguard in response to the effort by the Obama administration’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) to conduct a sweeping rewrite of a coal mining regulation (the 2008 Stream Buffer...
The No More Solyndras Act (H.R. 6213)
Culminating the Energy and Commerce Committee’s extensive investigation into the Obama administration’s failed loan guarantee program, full committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) authored the "No More Solyndras Act" to ensure taxpayers are never again stuck paying hundreds of millions of dollars because of the Obama administration’s or any future president’s risky bets.
The legislation draws on lessons learned from the committee’s investigation into the Department of Energy’s $535 million loan guarantee to Solyndra, the California solar panel manufacturer that...
Stopping Regulatory Power Grabs to Protect the Internet
H.J. Res. 37, A Resolution Disapproving the FCC’s Internet Rules
In December 2010, the Federal Communications Commission issued Internet rules that stifle innovation, investments, and jobs.
These so-called "network neutrality" or "open Internet" rules put the government in charge of deciding how to manage broadband networks, create technology partnerships, and manage investments in innovation. One communications analyst explained that the Internet rules "restricts the carriers’ flexibility in designing their business plans, limits their sources of revenue, dictates that they spend capital to expand their networks at...
Asthma Inhalers Relief Act (H.R. 6190)
H.R. 6190, introduced by Reps. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX) and Mike Ross (D-AR), directs the EPA to allow the distribution of remaining inventories of the asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist. For decades, this inhaler was sold without prescription but was banned from sale in the U.S. effective December 31, 2011.
Epinephrine inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), most commonly marketed as Primatene Mist, have been sold in the U.S. for nearly 50 years. These over-the-counter inhalers have been phased out, however, in the U.S. under the Montreal...
The U.S. Agricultural Sector Relief Act (H.R. 6194)
The legislation directs EPA to seek critical use exemptions under the Montreal Protocol treaty process to ensure the availability of the agricultural fumigant methyl bromide where no viable alternative is available.
For decades, methyl bromide was widely used in agriculture, for uses such as the cultivation of strawberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, flowers, tree and vine crops, and at mills, and food storage and processing facilities.
The U.S. has phased out the use of methyl bromide, except for critical uses and other exemptions, under the Montreal...