THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 2011

House Meets At: First Vote Predicted: Last Vote Predicted:

10:00 a.m.: Morning Hour
12:00 p.m.: Legislative Business

Fifteen “One Minutes” per side

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

H.Res. 203 - Rule providing for consideration of H.R. 910 - “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011” (Rep. Upton – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate) The Rules committee has recommended a structured-closed Rule, allowing for 12 amendments to the legislation. The Rules committee allowed just 12 of the 40 amendments submitted for Floor consideration. The Rule makes in order one motion to recommit, with instructions. The Rule also provides for one hour of debate, equally divided between the Chairman and Ranking Member on the Committee of Energy and Commerce.

The Rules Committee did not allow a number of amendments offered by Democrats, including an amendment offered by Mr. Blumenauer, which would have prevented the EPA administrator from imposing an energy tax.  The Rules committee also did not allow an amendment from Mr. Crowley, which would have eliminated one of the exemptions in the bill for the Renewable Fuel Standard. Despite repeated promises for a more open debate, Republicans continue to shut down the process.

H.R. 910
– “Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011” (Rep. Upton – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate)
H.R. 910 would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases to address climate change. H.R. 910 would also repeal EPA’s endangerment finding, which found that certain greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are a threat to public health and the environment. The legislation has nothing to do with taxes; despite the misleading title, the EPA has no authority to raise or lower taxes under current law, thus making it impossible to prevent the Administrator of the EPA from raising taxes.

There were 12 amendments made in order by the Rules Committee. Each amendment has 10 minutes of debate, equally divided between the offeror and an opponent. The following amendments to the legislation that will be considered are listed in the order they are printed in the Rules committee Report:

Jackson Lee Amendment
(10 minutes of debate)
Jackson Lee Amendment #2 (10 minutes of debate)
McNerney Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Cuellar Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Murphy (CT) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Waxman/DeGette/Inslee Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Quigley Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Polis Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Markey Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Rush Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Doyle/Ryan (OH) Amendment (10 minutes of debate)
Kind/Owens Amendment (10 minutes of debate)

 

Bill Text for H.R. 910:
HTML Version
PDF Version    
Background for H.R. 910:
House Report HTML Version
CRS Report - EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases: Congressional Responses and Options
Rules Committee Report – Including a list of amendments and summaries for H.R. 910
 
The Daily Quote

“Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) has a famous slogan plastered above the door in his congressional office in the Rayburn House Office Building. ‘Politics is not about ideological purity or moral self-righteousness, it’s about governing. And if you cannot compromise you cannot govern,’ Simpson says, reciting the Henry Clay quote.”

    -   Politico 4/5/2011