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house Bill H.R. 8

Reforming Energy Regulations and Securing Electrical Infrastructure

Argument in favor

Making energy infrastructure more resilient and efficient, while streamlining regulations will pay long-term dividends for the U.S. economy.

AndrewGVN's Opinion
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11/24/2015
Our nation needs to depend on green energy, not toxic fossil fuels and other pollutants. We need to cut the military budget, tax the corporations, and move our nation to a modern society with efficient energy measures.
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Loraki's Opinion
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12/01/2015
YES! I've had it with the Obama Administration's job-killing regulations! There are some things about this bill that worry me, though. I haven't had time to thoroughly "digest" it and figure out what some of the implications are. I know that it involves the State Dept. and the TPP. I hope Congress reads it carefully BEFORE they vote on it. OTOH, Obama has threatened to veto it, so that alone tells me that it's probably a GOOD bill!
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01/18/2016
The point is to make our energy system more resilient, especially the electrical system. If we were to be hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb exploded 20 miles above the earth in the center of United States, it is estimated that 99% of the population will die. That's the real problem for congress to deal with.
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Argument opposed

This bill strips out too many parts of the regulatory process, and does too little to promote the development of clean energy technologies.

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12/01/2015
This bill doesn't do much to promote renewable energy as a form of energy security and infrastructure improvements. This bill should at the least put together a task force that looks at the impacts of renewables and energy storage for the betterment of the grid.
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Nikki's Opinion
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12/01/2015
Congress is not qualified to do that. They don't even believe in Science and Climate Change. Actually, what do they know?
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12/01/2015
This isn't a bill designed to protect our energy infrastructure, it is designed to protect the interests of the coal and gas industries. By protecting "key elements" of the grid, they are protecting the interests of existing providers, and by moving the environmental regulations under this bill, they provide the work-around that they have been looking for in order to side-step those burdensome regulations that protect the environment (thus, us) from the current industry providers. This is not designed to secure our energy grid, it is designed to protect interests. Our energy grid as it exists cannot be "shored up" or protected, it has to be rethought. Continued dependence upon any form of fossil fuel is not going to provide us with security or independence, it will simply reduce, on a very minute level, the amount we have to get from outside sources. Moving to renewable energy (as Hawaii and Germany have discovered is possible to do 100% in an immediate fashion, no "transition" using natural gas) is not only the only means of attaining true independence and National Security, but it is the best way to provide jobs, scientific development, and economic stimulus. We can choose to line the pockets of one industry, or we can choose to become a global leader in development, research, and economic power while attaining security and- dare I say- a cleaner environment. I have no faith that politicians will choose to do anything for the good of the country though.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed December 3rd, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 249 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedSeptember 16th, 2015

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Bill Activity

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    Introduced in House
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    Referred to House Energy and Commerce
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    Referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committees on Science, Space, and Technology, Education and the Workforce, Oversight and Government Reform, and Foreign Affairs, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
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    Referred to House Science, Space, and Technology
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    Referred to House Education and the Workforce
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    Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform
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    Referred to House Foreign Affairs
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    Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Power.
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    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
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    Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 32 - 20.
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    Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 114-347, Part I.
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    Committee on Science, Space, and Technology discharged.
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    Committee on Education and the Workforce discharged.
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    Committee on Oversight and Government discharged.
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    Committee on Foreign Affairs discharged.
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    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 265.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 539 Reported to House. Resolution provides for one hour of general debate only on H.R. 8; resolution provides for one hour of general debate on S.J. Res. 23 and S.J. Res. 24 as well as one motion to commit on each joint resolution.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 539.
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    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 539 and Rule XVIII.
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    The Speaker designated the Honorable Evan H. Jenkins to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 8.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 542 Reported to House. Resolution provides for further amendment consideration of H.R. 8 and also provides for consideration of the conference report to accompany S. 1177.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 8 as unfinished business.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 542.
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    Resolution provides for further amendment consideration of H.R. 8 and also provides for consideration of the conference report to accompany S. 1177.
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    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 542 and Rule XVIII.
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    The Speaker designated the Honorable Robert J. Dold to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Upton amendment No. 1.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Upton amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Rush demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Tonko amendment No. 2.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Tonko amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tonko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment No. 3.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Franks amendment No. 4.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Poliquin amendment No. 5.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Veasey amendment No. 6.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 7.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Ellmers (NC) amendment No. 8.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 9, as modified.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Kildee amendment No. 10.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Garamendi amendment No. 12.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the McKinley amendment No. 13.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Green, Gene amendment No. 14.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Green, Gene amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Pallone demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Takano amendment No. 16.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Beyer amendment No. 17.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Beyer amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Whitfield demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment No. 18.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Schakowsky amendment No. 19.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Schakowsky amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Latta demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Brooks (IN) amendment No. 20.
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    ORDER OF PROCEDURE - Mr. Upton asked unanimous consent to offer the amendment numbered 21, printed in House Report 114-359. Agreed to without objection.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Upton amendment No. 21.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Tonko amendment No. 22.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Tonko amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Tonko demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment No. 23.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Castor (FL) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis amendment No. 24.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Polis amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Barton amendment No. 25.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Barton amendment the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Garamendi demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
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    Mr. Upton moved that the Committee now rise.
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    On motion that the Committee now rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 8 as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Cramer amendment No. 26.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Cramer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Pallone demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Duffy amendment No. 27.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment No. 28.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Upton amendment No. 29.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Rouzer amendment No. 30.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Rouzer amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Pallone demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Castor (FL) amendment No. 31.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the DeSaulnier amendment No. 32.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Deutch amendment No. 33.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Grayson amendment No. 34.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 35.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Meng amendment No. 36.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceed with 10 minutes of debate on the Pallone amendment No. 37.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Pallone amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Pallone demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 542, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Norcross amendment No. 38.
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    Mr. Upton moved that the committee rise.
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    On motion that the committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 8 as unfinished business.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    The House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unvinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
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    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 8.
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    The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
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    Mr. Cartwright moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add a new section stating that in response to scientific consensus, climate change is real and that United States energy policy should seek to remove market barriers that inhibit the development of renewable energy infrastructure.
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    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
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    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 180 - 243 (Roll no. 671).
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    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 249 - 174 (Roll no. 672).
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    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    The Clerk was authorized to correct section numbers, punctuation, and cross references, and to make other necessary technical and conforming corrections in the engrossment of H.R. 8.
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    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
  • The house Passed December 3rd, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 249 Yea / 174 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Education and Labor
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on Oversight and Reform
      Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
    IntroducedSeptember 16th, 2015

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    Our nation needs to depend on green energy, not toxic fossil fuels and other pollutants. We need to cut the military budget, tax the corporations, and move our nation to a modern society with efficient energy measures.
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    This bill doesn't do much to promote renewable energy as a form of energy security and infrastructure improvements. This bill should at the least put together a task force that looks at the impacts of renewables and energy storage for the betterment of the grid.
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    Congress is not qualified to do that. They don't even believe in Science and Climate Change. Actually, what do they know?
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    This isn't a bill designed to protect our energy infrastructure, it is designed to protect the interests of the coal and gas industries. By protecting "key elements" of the grid, they are protecting the interests of existing providers, and by moving the environmental regulations under this bill, they provide the work-around that they have been looking for in order to side-step those burdensome regulations that protect the environment (thus, us) from the current industry providers. This is not designed to secure our energy grid, it is designed to protect interests. Our energy grid as it exists cannot be "shored up" or protected, it has to be rethought. Continued dependence upon any form of fossil fuel is not going to provide us with security or independence, it will simply reduce, on a very minute level, the amount we have to get from outside sources. Moving to renewable energy (as Hawaii and Germany have discovered is possible to do 100% in an immediate fashion, no "transition" using natural gas) is not only the only means of attaining true independence and National Security, but it is the best way to provide jobs, scientific development, and economic stimulus. We can choose to line the pockets of one industry, or we can choose to become a global leader in development, research, and economic power while attaining security and- dare I say- a cleaner environment. I have no faith that politicians will choose to do anything for the good of the country though.
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    We need to do away with fossil fuel subsidies.
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    YES! I've had it with the Obama Administration's job-killing regulations! There are some things about this bill that worry me, though. I haven't had time to thoroughly "digest" it and figure out what some of the implications are. I know that it involves the State Dept. and the TPP. I hope Congress reads it carefully BEFORE they vote on it. OTOH, Obama has threatened to veto it, so that alone tells me that it's probably a GOOD bill!
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    The point is to make our energy system more resilient, especially the electrical system. If we were to be hit by an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bomb exploded 20 miles above the earth in the center of United States, it is estimated that 99% of the population will die. That's the real problem for congress to deal with.
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    Any bill that could make it easier for energy companies to get around environmental regulations should be rejected
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    " ...A requirement to reduce agencies’ use of fossil fuels by 100 percent for the year 2030 would be repealed" This is absolutely absurd that even with most of the leaders in the world are meeting to battle climate change, our legislators would attempt to repeal the requirement to reduce the use of fossil fuels.
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    It's a good start. Thee is much to be done.
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    SECURING THE INFRASTRUCTURE IS KEY TO KEEPING AMERICA SAFE! GET THIS PRESIDENT OUT OF THE WHITE HOUSE AND IT MAY HAPPEN
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    From what I am reading here this bill does not promote the development of renewable energy sources. It strips the regulations that require agencies to reduce their fossil fuel use by 2030 and designates certain parts of our infrastructure, namely coal fired powerplants and natural gaslines as essential, which would shut down all other forms of production in case of an emergency.
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    As long as we focus on increasing clean energy!
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    Yes, but what are the details
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    No brainer
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    This does nothing to promote renewable energy.
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    Cut spending and eliminate programs. Cut taxes
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    That is where we will be hit and you've known this for years. Something some already have been done.
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    Our electrical system is not hardened off, it is our Achilles heel.
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    I think more importantly the whole electrical grid should be insulated from any form of EMP damage whether it be solar or earthly origin. The sheer economic impact of an event would be most unfortunate.
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