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. Background 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.