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senate Bill S. 2012

$43 Billion in Reforms to U.S. Energy Policy

Argument in favor

As a bipartisan compromise, this bill contains provisions that will appeal to both sides of the aisle without alienating potential supporters. A sweeping overhaul of U.S. energy policy to improve the efficiency of the permitting process and ensure federal research programs continue is much needed.

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01/20/2016
"Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change. Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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01/20/2016
"The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment -- it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America." [change.gov]
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01/20/2016
"We can’t address our climate challenge without ending our reliance on fossil fuels — full stop. I would take aggressive executive action and fight for legislation to slash emissions and put our nation on track to be powered by 100% renewable energy within 35 years." [martinomalley.com]
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Argument opposed

There is a lot wrong with this bill: it empowers the federal government to pick winners and losers in energy markets while catering to the needs of special interests. Worthwhile provisions within this legislation ought to be passed as standalone bills, but as a whole this bill fails to achieve the right mixture of reforms.

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01/19/2016
Hate comprehensive all-inclusive big government bills. Break the comprehensive apart into smaller bills assuring less of that government crony capitalism.
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Ryan's Opinion
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01/21/2016
The private sector will sort itself out by what people buy or don't buy. Keep the fed out of private sector as much as possible. Regulations just cost the public more money and lose more jobs by increasing the the cost of doing business.
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Tom's Opinion
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01/31/2016
This has many great ideas! Student training and streamlining grants / loans for energy efficient technologies. But it's the repeal of the 2030 agenda to phase fossil fuels out & stream Lining oil drilling operations is not okay.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed May 25th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 241 Yea / 178 Nay
  • The senate Passed April 20th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 85 Yea / 12 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedSeptember 9th, 2015

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Bill Activity

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    Introduced in Senate
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    Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Original measure reported to Senate by Senator Murkowski. With written report No. 114-138.
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    Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 218.
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    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Cloture motion on the measure presented in Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Cloture on the measure not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 43 - 54. Record Vote Number: 17.
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    Motion by Senator McConnell to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the measure (Roll Call Vote No. 17) entered in Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Considered by Senate.
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    Cloture motion on the measure rendered moot in Senate.
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    Motion by Senator McConnell to reconsider the vote by which cloture was not invoked on the measure (Record Vote No. 17) rendered moot in Senate.
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    Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 85 - 12. Record Vote Number: 54.
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    Received in the House.
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    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
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    Held at the desk.
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    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 744 Reported to House. The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2012 and H.R. 5233.
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    ORDER OF PROCEDURE - Mr. Whitfield asked unanimous consent that the question of adoption of a motion to commit on S. 2012 may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 or rule 20. Agreed to without objection.
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    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 744.
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    The resolution provides for consideration of S. 2012 and H.R. 5233.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on S. 2012, as amended.
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    The previous question was ordered on S. 2012, as amended, pursuant to the rule.
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    Mr. Peters moved to commit with instructions to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters (CA) motion to commit with instructions, pending a reservation of a point of order. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment inserting a new section pertaining to consideration of impacts on climate change. Subsequently, the reservation was removed.
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    The previous question on the motion to commit with instructions was ordered without objection.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - Pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and a previous order of the House, further proceedings on the Peters (CA) motion to commit were postponed until a time to be announced.
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    Considered as unfinished business.
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    On motion to commit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 178 - 239 (Roll no. 249).
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    On passage Passed by recorded vote: 241 - 178 (Roll no. 250).
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    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 744, Mr. Barton moved that the House insist upon its amendment, and request a conference.
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    The previous question was ordered without objection.
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    On motion that the House insist upon its amendment, and request a conference Agreed to by voice vote.
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    Mr. Grijalva moved that the House instruct conferees.
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    DEBATE - The House proceeded with an hour of debate on the motion to instruct conferees. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the managers on the part of the House at the conference on disagreeing votes of the two Houses on the House amendment to the bill S. 2012 to be instructed to insist on inclusion of section 5002.
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    The previous question was ordered without objection.
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    POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the motion to instruct, the Chair put the question on the motion and by voice vote, announced that the nays had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded the yeas and nays and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the motion to instruct until a time to be announced.
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    UNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of the Grijalva motion to instruct conferees to S. 2012.
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    On motion that the House instruct conferees Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 205 - 212 (Roll no. 264).
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    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
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    The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration of the Senate bill and the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Upton, Barton, Whitfield, Shimkus, Latta, McMorris Rodgers, Olson, McKinley, Pompeo, Griffith, Johnson (OH), Flores, Mullin, Pallone, Rush, Capps, Matsui, Castor (FL), Sarbanes, Welch, Lujan, Ben Ray (NM), Tonko, and Loebsack.
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    The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Agriculture for consideration of secs. 3017, 3305, 4501, 4502, 5002, part II of subtitle C of title X, and sec. 10233 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1116 and 5013 of division A, Division B, and secs. 1031, 1032, 1035-1037, subtitle K of title I, sec. 2013, subtitles F, M, and Q of title II, and title XXV of Division C of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Conaway, Thompson (PA), and Peterson.
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    The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Natural Resources for consideration of secs. 2308, 3001, part II of title II, 3017, 3104, 3109, 3201, 3301-3306, 3308-3312, 4006, 4401, 4403, 4405, 4407, 4410, 4412-4414, title V, sec. 6001, subtitle A of title VI, sec. 6202, title VIII, title IX, subtitles A, B, and C of title X, parts I, II, III, and IV of subtitle D of title X, and secs. 10341 and 10345 of the Senate bill, and secs. 1115 and 1116 of Division A, Division B, and Division C of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Bishop (UT), Young (AK), Lummis, Denham, Westerman, Grijalva, Huffman, and Dingell.
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    The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for consideration of secs. 1014, 1201, 1203, 1301-1304, 1306-1308, 1310, 1311, 2002, 2301, 2401, part III of subtitle A of title III, secs. 3101, 3302, 3307, 3402, 3403, 3501, 3502, 4001, 4002, 4006, 4101, subtitle C of title IV, secs. 4402, 4404, 4406, 4720, 4721, 4727, 4728, and 4737 of the Senate bill, and sec. 1109 and title VII of Division A, and Division D of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Smith (TX), Weber (TX), and Johnson, E. B..
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    The Speaker appointed conferees - from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure for consideration of secs. 1005, 1006, 1010, 1014, 1016-1019, 1022, 3001, 4724, title VII, and sec. 10331 of the Senate bill and secs. 2007, 3116, 3117, and 3141 of Division A, and title IX of Division B, subtitle D of title II of Divsion C of the House amendment, and modifications committed to conference: Hardy, Zeldin, and DeFazio.
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    Message on House action received in Senate and at desk: House amendment to Senate bill and House requests a conference.
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    Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
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    Motion to disagree to the House amendment to the Senate bill, agree to request for conference, and the Presiding Officer appoints the following conferees: Murkowski, Barrasso, Risch, Cornyn, Cantwell, Wyden, and Sanders made in Senate.
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    Cloture motion on the motion to disagree to the House amendment to the Senate bill, agree to request for conference, and the Presiding Officer appoints the following conferees: Murkowski, Barrasso, Risch, Cornyn, Cantwell, Wyden, and Sanders presented in Senate.
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    Cloture on the motion to disagree to the House amendment to the Senate bill, agree to request for conference, and the Presiding Officer appoints the following conferees: Murkowski, Barrasso, Risch, Cornyn, Cantwell, Wyden, and Sanders invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 84 - 3. Record Vote Number: 125.
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    Motion to disagree to the House amendment to the Senate bill, agree to request for conference, and the Presiding Officer appoints the following conferees: Murkowski, Barrasso, Risch, Cornyn, Cantwell, Wyden, and Sanders agreed to by Voice Vote.
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    Senate disagrees to the House amendment to the Senate bill, agrees to request for conference, and the Presiding Officer appoints the following conferees: Murkowski, Barrasso, Risch, Cornyn, Cantwell, Wyden, and Sanders.
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    Message on Senate action sent to the House.
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    APPOINTMENT OF CONFEREE - The Chair announced the appointment of Mr. Kinzinger of Illinois as a conferee on S. 2012 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr. Whitfield of Kentucky.
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    Conference held.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house Passed May 25th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 241 Yea / 178 Nay
  • The senate Passed April 20th, 2016
    Roll Call Vote 85 Yea / 12 Nay
      senate Committees
      Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
    IntroducedSeptember 9th, 2015

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    "Right now, we have an energy policy that is rigged to boost the profits of big oil companies like Exxon, BP, and Shell at the expense of average Americans. CEO’s are raking in record profits while climate change ravages our planet and our people — all because the wealthiest industry in the history of our planet has bribed politicians into complacency in the face of climate change. Enough is enough. It’s time for a political revolution that takes on the fossil fuel billionaires, accelerates our transition to clean energy, and finally puts people before the profits of polluters." [berniesanders.com]
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    Hate comprehensive all-inclusive big government bills. Break the comprehensive apart into smaller bills assuring less of that government crony capitalism.
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    "The energy challenges our country faces are severe and have gone unaddressed for far too long. Our addiction to foreign oil doesn't just undermine our national security and wreak havoc on our environment -- it cripples our economy and strains the budgets of working families all across America." [change.gov]
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    "We can’t address our climate challenge without ending our reliance on fossil fuels — full stop. I would take aggressive executive action and fight for legislation to slash emissions and put our nation on track to be powered by 100% renewable energy within 35 years." [martinomalley.com]
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    The private sector will sort itself out by what people buy or don't buy. Keep the fed out of private sector as much as possible. Regulations just cost the public more money and lose more jobs by increasing the the cost of doing business.
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    Oil is such an archaic form of energy. With renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and even power generated by ocean tides, it's time to let oil stay in the ground where it belongs.
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    This has many great ideas! Student training and streamlining grants / loans for energy efficient technologies. But it's the repeal of the 2030 agenda to phase fossil fuels out & stream Lining oil drilling operations is not okay.
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    It is time to end our reliance on fossil fuels. And to recognize that the concept of "clean coal" is a myth.
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    Our current energy policy serves a handful of the ultra wealthy. Let's have a policy that serves the American people and the planet we live on
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    The environment is a part of us; to destroy it is to destroy ourselves.
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    Instead of having one huge bill for energy reforms, why not separate it into smaller bills? This allows us to take any large government project one step at a time with everyone aware of exactly what needs to be done, and what amount is specifically needed for that step.
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    This is the 21st century. We can do better than relying on energy sources that date back to a century ago or more.
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    Need to move the country onto renewable energy.
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    We need to be focusing on green energy alternatives, we shouldn't be investing in toxic resources.
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    Why wouldn't you want renewable energy ?
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    There is a lot wrong with this bill, no doubt; but furtherance of the goals laid out in it is still laudable and necessary. Improvements in our energy infrastructure will be crucial to our nation's continued economic competitiveness and the Federal government is uniquely positioned to help drive this needed change forward. Nor should it be despised that this is a bipartisan effort; it's not like we enjoy a surfeit of these. Overall, I would support this bill.
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    Reform the energy industry. The government is not picking losers and winners, it is simply allotting money towards a growing industry, that can sustain our planet without killing it. If the insidious dirty energy companies want to get with the program and reform with us they can. Otherwise, if they stay in the past, they're going to get past.
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    Broad reform = bad policy. Let the policies in this bill be voted on as stand-alone bills, and let the chips fall where they may. The American people should stop accepting these enormous all-encompassing bills laden with pork, subsidies, and set asides.
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    Sounds too complex. Let's pass smaller bills with narrower scope.
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    Basically a gift to the GOP's owners in the form of a streamlined process to drill on federal lands and get rid of regulations they don't like. A few things thrown in that SOUND good but no hard wins for renewable and clean energy.
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