THE DAILY WHIP: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011

For Immediate Release:

September 23, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:
9:00 a.m.: Legislative Business

Five “One Minutes” per side

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
H.R. 2401 - The Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation (TRAIN) Act of 2011 (Rep. Sullivan - Energy and Commerce)The bill requires the president to create an 11-member interagency committee to examine the effects of current and proposed federal regulations on U.S. energy and manufacturing industries, U.S. global competitiveness and U.S. energy prices. The measure also temporarily delays, until early 2013, the implementation of two proposed EPA rules regarding mercury and toxic air emissions from fossil fuel burning electric plants, and rules setting standards governing airborne particulates from industrial facilities that cross state lines. The Mercury and Air Toxics Standards Rule and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule will require decades-old coal-fired power plants to install readily available pollution controls to reduce their emissions of mercury, other toxic air pollutants, fine particulates, and the pollutants that cause smog and acid rain.
 
The Rule makes in order 12 amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The amendments are as follows:
 
Rep. Rush Amendment. Adds members to the interagency committee, and directs the committee to consider vulnerable subpopulations that would be affected by EPA proposed rules
Rep. McNerney Amendment.
Relating to the additional consideration of the effect on clean energy jobs, companies and exports
Rep. Moore Amendment.
Relating to the additional consideration of the affect on low income communities
Rep. Capps Amendment.
Requires an analysis of the incidence of birth and developmental defects and infant mortality that would result from a delay to covered rules
Reps. Kinzinger/Gonzalez Amendment.
Adds future EPA gasoline regulations to the rules that require examination in the bill
Rep. Dent Amendment.
Adds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's  (EPA) National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP) from the Portland Cement Manufacturing Industry and Standards of Performance for Portland Cement Plants to the covered rules within the bill
Rep. Hastings (FL) Amendment. Relating to the exclusion of all rules and regulations that undergo a cost-benefit analysis as a part of existing requirements
Rep. Connolly Amendment. Requires the committee to study policies which will lead to creation of American jobs in the clean energy sector
Rep. Jackson-Lee Amendment. Relating to extending the public comment period
Rep. Whitfield Amendment. Relating to further restrictions on the two rules already delayed in the underlying legislation
Rep.  Latta Amendment. Relating to changing the Clean Air Act's criteria for what factors can be considered when promulgating National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS)
Rep. Richardson Amendment. Would strike the offset provision of HR 2401, which would reduce funding to the Diesel Emission Reduction Act
 
The Daily Quote
“Senate Democrats declared that House Republican plans to push through a revised stop-gap measure would be dead-on-arrival in their chamber, intensifying the latest budget impasse on Capitol Hill that again threatens to shut down the government. Emerging from a late-night caucus meeting Thursday, Democrats said that emerging GOP plans to partially offset $3.65 billion in disaster relief with cuts to a clean-car program, along with an additional $100 million in cuts to an Energy Department loan program, would be unacceptable. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) warned Thursday night that the House plan would be rejected by the Senate and said the chamber was prepared to scrap next week’s recess in order to finish a spending agreement by Sept. 30."
 
-     Politico, 9/22/11