THE DAILY WHIP: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011

For Immediate Release:

October 5, 2011

Contact:

Katie GrantDaniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

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

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Suspension (1 bill)
  1. H.R. 1343 - To return unused or reclaimed funds made available for broadband awards in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to the Treasury of the United States (Rep. Bass (NH) – Energy and Commerce)
H.R. 2681 - Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (Rep. Sullivan – Energy and Commerce) (One hour of debate) The bill repeals three EPA rules that address the air pollution emissions from cement kilns: EPA's Cement MACT (Maximum Achievable Control Technology) standards, standards of performance for new cement plants, and a rule regulating solid waste from cement plants. Under the measure, the EPA would be required to issue new regulations for limiting emissions from new and existing cement plants within 15 months of enactment. Further, regulated facilities would have to be given at least five years to comply with any new rules promulgated in accordance with this legislation.
 
This bill delays implementation of rules to reduce hazardous air pollution from cement kilns, and would vacate any existing rules relating to cement kilns promulgated by the EPA. In addition to this up-front delay, the bill also bars EPA from requiring cement facilities to reduce pollution and to comply with any revised standards for at least five years, and potentially longer.
 
The Rule for H.R. 2681 was adopted yesterday and it allows any amendment submitted and printed in the Congressional Record to be in order for consideration under the 5 minute Rule. Pro Forma amendments are also allowed under the Rule. There were 23 amendments submitted and printed in the Congressional Record last night.
 
Bill Text for H.R. 2681:
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Background for H.R. 2681:
 
TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK
The GOP Leadership has announced the following schedule for Thursday, October 6: The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. The House is expected to complete consideration of H.R. 2681 - Cement Sector Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (Rep. Sullivan – Energy and Commerce). The House may also begin consideration of H.R. 2250 - EPA Regulatory Relief Act of 2011 (Rep. Griffith – Energy and Commerce).
 
The Daily Quote
“Have we really reached a point where one person’s demand for ideological purity is paralyzing Congress to the point that even a discussion of tax reform is viewed as breaking a no-tax pledge?”
 
-     Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA), 10/4/11