Spectrum Reform: Promoting Job Creation, Innovation, and Public Safety
To meet the public’s growing demand for broadband devices and services, and to support the next generation of high-tech investment and innovation, Congress approved – and the president signed into law – a package of major spectrum reforms that originated in the Energy and Commerce Committee. The legislation clears the path for the long-awaited auction of additional spectrum – the airwaves on which wireless communications travel. Spectrum auctions will bring in revenues, spur innovation and investment, and promote significant new job creation. Along with these spectrum auctions, the...
The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act (H.R. 2845)
President Obama signed a comprehensive update to our nation’s pipeline safety laws into law on January 3, 2012. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and former Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell (D-MI) teamed up to develop legislation that was later combined with proposals from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the U.S. Senate to develop this final, bipartisan legislation. After a number of serious pipeline safety failures in recent years, including one that affected the Kalamazoo River in Michigan, Congress took meaningful steps to...
The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633)
H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act of 2011, removes the regulatory uncertainty surrounding EPA’s current and future regulation of rural dust. The legislation passed the House on December 8, 2011 by a bipartisan vote of 268 to 150.
H.R. 1633 would:
Temporarily prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing any new National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter ("PM10," also known as dust), for at least one year from the date of enactment. Limit EPA regulation of nuisance dust to areas where it...
The Protect Life Act (H.R. 358)
The Protect Life Act, authored by Health Subcommittee Chairman Joe Pitts (R-PA), respects the will of the majority of Americans and prohibits federal funding of abortions and abortion coverage under President Obama’s health care law.
The bill also provides conscience protection for health care professionals and ensures that private insurance companies are not forced to cover abortion.
The language is consistent with the Stupak-Pitts amendment to the health care law adopted by the House in 2009, but excluded from the final law.
Why is it necessary?
The Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act (H.R. 2273)
On October 14, 2011 the House passed this bipartisan legislation to provide for the safe management and disposal of coal ash in a way that preserves jobs and encourages recycling. This legislation was also included in H.R. 4348, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2012.
Reps. David McKinley (R-WV) and Nick Rahall (D-WV) introduced this bill to preserve beneficial reuse programs and helps keep energy costs low for American business and families. The bill provides a practical alternative to EPA’s plan to regulate coal ash by creating a...
The EPA Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2250)
To protect jobs and guard against harmful regulation, the House approved H.R. 2250, the EPA Regulatory Relief Act. The bipartisan measure passed the House on October 13, 2011, by a vote of 275 to 142.
H.R. 2250, introduced by Reps. Morgan Griffith (R-VA) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), will preserve hundreds of thousands of jobs currently at risk from EPA’s Boiler MACT rules. This legislation gives EPA time and direction to re-propose and finalize new rules so that standards and timelines for reducing emissions from industrial boilers and incinerators...
The Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act (H.R. 2681)
To protect thousands of American jobs and preserve domestic cement manufacturing, the U.S. House of Representatives approved H.R. 2681, the Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act. The measure passed the House on October 6, 2011, with strong bipartisan support by a vote of 262 to 161.
H.R. 2681, authored by Reps. John Sullivan (R-OK) and Mike Ross (D-AR), will protect the domestic cement manufacturing industry from costly new rules issued by the EPA, which threaten widespread plant closures and thousands of American jobs. This legislation provides a remedy to...
The TRAIN Act (H.R. 2401)
On July 26, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation to provide for an honest accounting of the cost of EPA’s regulations. The legislation passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 249 to 169.
Numerous federal rules affect U.S. industries and the jobs they provide. Some rules increase reporting requirements, which means more time and money spent filling out paperwork. Other rules require industries to change the way they operate, retrofitting their facilities with new equipment or changing manufacturing processes. While these regulations are sometimes evaluated...