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April 7, 2011

House Votes - H.R. 910: Energy Tax Prevention Act

H.Res. 203: Providing for consideration of H.R. 910

On Motion to Adjourn
Failed by 332 votes: 36-367, 29 not voting
Rep. Jackson tries to adjourn House to prompt budget talks
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) on Wednesday made a motion to adjourn the House shortly after noon in order to force the two parties to negotiate a FY 2011 budget agreement.

On Ordering the Previous Question
Passed by 108 votes: 266-158, 8 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 78 votes: 250-172, 10 not voting


H.R. 910: Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011
To amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes.

Amendments

H.Amdt. 240 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-54 to require an EPA study to determine the long term impact of a complete ban on their authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
Failed by 99 votes: 161-259, 12 not voting

H.Amdt. 241 by Rep. Jackson-Lee [D-TX18]
An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-54 to insert a new section to provide considerations and procedures in finalizing greenhouse gas regulations.
Failed by 110 votes: 157-266, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 244 by Rep. Murphy [D-CT5]
An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-54 to clarify that the Agency can continue to provide technical assistance to states taking action to limit greenhouse gas emissions.
Failed by 59 votes: 182-240, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 245 by Rep. Waxman [D-CA30]
An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-54 to add a new section with respect to Congressional Acceptance of Scientific Findings: Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate changes is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.
Failed by 57 votes: 184-240, 8 not voting

H.Amdt. 247 by Rep. Polis [D-CO2]
An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-54 to ensure the EPA Administrator can protect the public health in case of public health emergency.
Failed by 90 votes: 168-257, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 248 by Rep. Markey [D-MA7]
An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-54 to ensure that any prohibition on or limitation to EPA's Clean Air Act authority contained in the bill would not apply to any action EPA could take to reduce demand for oil.
Failed by 111 votes: 156-266, 10 not voting

H.Amdt. 249 by Rep. Rush [D-IL1]
An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 112-54 to prevent the provisions of this act from going into effect until the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, certifies that the consequences of not regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and its subsequent impact on climate change, including the potential to create sustained natural and humanitarian disasters and the ability to likely foster political instability where societal demands exceed the capacity of governments to cope, do not jeopardize American security interests at home or abroad.
Failed by 96 votes: 165-260, 7 not voting

H.Amdt. 250 by Rep. Doyle [D-PA14]
An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 112-54 to include a study to determine whether regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act to address climate change, if not repealed or otherwise made unauthorized by section 2 of the bill, would cause greenhouse gas leakage and reduce the international competitiveness of United States producers of energy-intensive products.
Failed by 78 votes: 173-250, 9 not voting

H.Amdt. 251 by Rep. Kind [D-WI3]
An amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 12 printed in House Report 112-54 to codify the Environmental Protection Agency's Tailoring Rule in order to protect farms, small businesses, and small- and medium-sized stationary sources from greenhouse gas regulation.
Failed by 105 votes: 160-264, 8 not voting

House GOP, Dems spar over EPA's regulatory impact on companies
House Republicans on Wednesday said legislation limiting regulation on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is needed to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from imposing de facto taxes on U.S. companies, while Democrats warned limiting the EPA would set back decades of progress on the environment. The debate took place in the context of the rule for H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, which would prevent the EPA from regulating GHG. Republicans see this as a needed step given the EPA's effort to do through regulation what Democrats cannot pass through Congress, such as a cap-and-trade policy.

Three Democrats warn of expanded EPA regulations impact on jobs
While most Democrats on Wednesday opposed the GOP's bill to restrict the Environmental Protection Agency authorities, three Democrats spoke in favor of it on the House floor and said failure to rein in the EPA would hurt job creation in rural areas of the country. The House was debating H.R. 910, which would prohibit the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) was the first Democrat to speak out in favor of the bill, and rejected the idea put forward by other Democrats that the bill should be called the "Dirty Air Act." He said letting one agency decide how to regulate GHG is putting too much authority into a single agency.

House rejects most Dem amendments to bill limiting EPA
The House on Wednesday night rejected all but one Democratic amendment to a bill that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. After the votes, the House moved to special order speeches, leaving a vote on final passage of the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) until later in the week.

On Motion to Recommit with Instructions
Failed by 77 votes: 175-251, 6 not voting

On Passage
Passed by 83 votes: 255-172, 5 not voting


House votes to prohibit EPA's greenhouse gas regulations
By a 255-172 vote, the House approved a measure Thursday that would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating greenhouse gas emissions. The bill, the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), was supported by 19 Democrats. For Republicans, the bill is a way to protest the 2007 Supreme Court decision allowing the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide and other non-toxic emissions. The GOP has said this allows the EPA to impose policy decisions through regulation that the Obama administration cannot pass legislatively.

House votes to kill EPA climate regulations
House lawmakers sent a loud message to the White House on Thursday: They want to obliterate the Obama administration’s climate rules.

House votes to block EPA from regulating carbon
By a 255 to 172 margin, the House of Representatives approved a measure blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon. The bill attracted the support of 19 Democrats. On Wednesday, a similar attempt on the Senate side failed on a 50 to 50 vote.

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