The Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act (H.R. 4273)
H.R. 4273, the Resolving Environmental and Grid Reliability Conflicts Act, introduced by Reps. Pete Olson (R-TX, Mike Doyle (D-PA), Lee Terry (R-NE), Gene Green (D-TX), Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and Charles Gonzalez (D-TX), passed the House by voice vote on August 1, 2012.
This bipartisan legislation will ensure America’s power companies are able to comply with Department of Energy emergency orders to maintain grid reliability without facing penalties for violating potentially conflicting environmental laws.
During emergencies affecting electricity supply or delivery, the DOE has the authority under the Federal...
The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act (H.R. 5892)
H.R. 5892, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act, introduced by Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Dianna DeGette (D-CO), will help facilitate the development of new hydropower projects across the country by reducing regulatory red tape and streamlining the permitting process. Continuing its efforts under the American Energy Initiative, the House approved this bill unanimously on July 9, 2012.
Hydropower is the nation’s largest renewable energy resource, representing nearly 8 percent of America’s electricity generation portfolio. With the right federal policies in place, it is possible to double hydropower...
The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 4480)
The U.S. House of Representatives approved the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 4480, with bipartisan support by a vote of 248 to 163 on June 21, 2012. This important energy and jobs package, sponsored by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), includes key measures advanced by the Energy and Commerce Committee to increase American energy supplies and cut through regulatory red tape that could drive up gasoline prices. The bill also includes several legislative proposals from the Natural Resources Committee designed to help create jobs by removing barriers to...
Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187 / H.R. 5651)
The United States has been the global leader in the device and biopharmaceutical industries for decades. U.S. medical device-related employment totals over 2 million jobs and the biopharmaceutical industry is responsible for over 4 million U.S. jobs. But that leadership position is at risk. Patients, innovators, and job creators have testified that the lack of predictability, consistency, transparency, and efficiency at the Food and Drug Administration is driving innovation overseas and threatening America’s leadership.
The FDA Safety and Innovation Act reauthorized FDA user fees to ensure the continuation of...
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act (H.R. 5865)
H.R. 5865, the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, introduced by Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), is a bipartisan plan for improving the conditions for manufacturing in the United States.
The legislation will establish a public-private American Manufacturing Competitiveness Board to advise the president on manufacturing issues and conduct a rigorous analysis of the manufacturing sector. The Board will also develop and submit to the president a national manufacturing competitiveness strategy, which will help eliminate red tape, encourage investment, and create more American manufacturing jobs.
Federal Communications Commission Process Reform (H.R. 3309 and H.R. 3310)
The communications and technology sector is a major economic driver, creating jobs and fostering innovation at a time when other sectors are still lagging. Federal regulation of these industries should foster an environment of confidence and certainty to encourage the continued creation of high-paying jobs and new technologies.
The Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act, H.R. 3309, is a good-government bill that aims to improve the way the FCC operates by improving transparency, predictability, and consistency.
The bill adopts a key recommendation from both President Obama and his Jobs Council—the principle that independent...
Energy and Commerce Committee Reconciliation Recommendations
In the effort to avert across-the-board cuts to the nation’s armed forces and key priorities, the House Energy and Commerce Committee had been directed to propose legislation to save $3.75 billion; $28.43 billion; and $98.796 billion over a one, five, and ten-year period, respectively. As part of the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, H.R. 5652, the committee exceeded the savings target, advancing reconciliation recommendations that would produce more than $114 billion in savings over the next decade by repealing Obamacare slush funds and making necessary adjustments to...
The Protecting Access to Healthcare Act (H.R. 5)
Republicans are committed to strengthening and reforming Medicare to protect today’s seniors and ensure the program is there for the next generation. To do so, we need to acknowledge the challenges facing the program and embrace sensible solutions. The truth is, Medicare is in serious trouble. According to an independent board of trustees, the Medicare trust fund will be bankrupt in 2024.
In the absence of a plan to strengthen Medicare, the president’s health care law raided over $700 billion from the program to finance new entitlement programs...