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Thank Your Senator for Protecting Public Health


The Clean Air Act has a 40-year track record of using sound science to save lives, protect human health, and safeguard our environment. In 2010 alone it prevented an estimated 160,000 premature deaths and delivered net benefits of $1.2 trillion. And yet, certain senators are working to undermine the Clean Air Act by preventing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from reducing dangerous global warming emissions.

Last week, senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Rockefeller (D-WV), and Max Baucus (D-MT) all proposed amendments to an unrelated small business bill that would have prevented the EPA from protecting us from dangerous climate change. The most egregious of these anti-climate amendments went so far as to reject the EPA’s science-based finding that global warming emissions threaten public health and welfare. Others included provisions to delay or obstruct EPA action.

Fortunately, your senator opposed these amendments, all of which were ultimately defeated. But similar attacks on the Clean Air Act are sure to continue.

Please help ensure that the Clean Air Act continues to save lives and money by thanking your senator today for voting against these attacks on science and public health.

Take Action Today!

Sincerely,

Kate Abend

National Field Organizer

UCS Climate and Energy Program

Assault on the EPA …Kathleen Rogers, Earth Day Network


The Environmental Protection Agency is under attack. As early as today, the House is scheduled to vote on a bill that would strip the EPA of its life-saving ability to regulate the greenhouse gases that are cooking our planet.

Sponsored by Rep. Fred Upton, this bill is a free pass for polluters and would allow them to fill our skies with limitless carbon emissions. Upton’s bill poses a serious danger to public health and to our economy. Yet, amazingly this legislation is almost certain to pass in the House.

We need to act now before this bill hits the floor tomorrow. Join us today and let Congress know we stand united against this radical legislation.

URGENT: tell your member of Congress to reject Rep. Upton’s bill and VOTE NO on HR 910!              http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=BpGLHXyxRgWd6V4loTjGQaVCDO5Dx%2BX0 

The EPA’s stance on greenhouse gases is critical to improving our economy, safeguarding national security and maintaining public health. Undercutting the EPA’s regulatory power is not the way forward. Our future lies in a new green economy, powered by clean energy innovation.

Please contact your member of Congress today to oppose any efforts to restrict the EPA’s ability to regulate pollution, protect the health of the American people and build a new green economy. http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=3H4q9tUxVISnQ1QV%2F%2FuD%2FaVCDO5Dx%2BX0

Thank you for taking action,

Kathleen Rogers

President, Earth Day Network

P.S. There are only two weeks until Earth Day! We hope you can take part – visit www.EarthDay.org/events.

Congress: – the Republican led House – the Senate


The Senate Convenes at 9:30amET April 6, 2011

Following any leader remarks, the Senate will be in a period of morning business until 11am with Senators permitted to speak therein for up to 10 minutes each, with the time until 10:40am equally divided and controlled between the two leaders or their designees, with the Majority controlling the first half and the Republicans controlling the final half and and at 10:40am Senator Ayotte be recognized to deliver her maiden speech to the Senate.

Following morning business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.493, the Small Business Jobs bill. Senator Reid or his designee will be recognized to call up the following amendments:

Baucus #236;

Stabenow #277;

Rockefeller #215;

– Coburn #217;

– Coburn #223;

– Coburn #273;

Inouye #286;

The pending Sanders amendment #207 will be modified with the changes that are at the desk; the Senate will then debate the amendments concurrently until 4pm with the time equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees, prior to votes in relation to the following amendments in the order listed below:

– Baucus #236;

– Stabenow #277;

– Rockefeller #215;

McConnell #183;

– Coburn #223;

– Inouye #286; and

– Coburn #273;

There will be two minutes equally divided in between the votes; and all after the first vote will 10 minutes in duration; and the amendments will be subject to a 60 vote threshold.

Upon the disposition of the Coburn amendment #273, amendment #s 184 and 217 offered by Senator Coburn will be agreed to.

Therefore, Senators should expect up to 7 roll call votes at approximately 4pm in relation to amendments to the Small Business Jobs bill.

The following amendments are pending to S.493, SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011:

– McConnell amendment #183 (Prohibits the EPA from regulating carbon pollution)

Vitter amendment #178 (require Federal government to sell unused Federal real property).

– Johanns amendment #161 (1099 repeal)

– Cornyn amendment #186 (bipartisan commission)

– Paul amendment #199 (spending cuts)

– Sanders amendment #207, as modified (Social Security)

– Hutchison amendment #197 (Delay health care reform)

– Coburn amendment #184 (GAO Study)

– Pryor amendment #229 (Patriot Express Loan program)

– Landrieu amendment #244 to amendment #244 (effective date)

– Baucus #236 (EPA)

– Stabenow amendment #277 (EPA)

– Rockefeller amendment #215 (EPA)

– Coburn amendment #217 (covered bridge preservation)

– Coburn amendment #281 (UI for millionaires and billionaires)

– Coburn amendment #273 (duplicative programs)

– Inouye amendment #286 (duplicative programs)

Votes:

51: Baucus amendment #236: (greenhouse gas related exemptions from permitting process); Not Agreed to: 7-93

52: Stabenow amendment #277: (suspension of stationary source greenhouse gas regulations);

Not Agreed to, 7-93

53: Rockefeller amendment #215: (suspend any EPA action with respect to carbon dioxide or methane);

Not Agreed to: 12-88

54: McConnell amendment #183: (prohibits EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions);

Not Agreed to, 50-50

55: Coburn amendment #223: (end federal unemployment payments to jobless millionaires and billionaires);

Agreed To: 100-0

56: Inouye amendment #286: (consolidating unnecessary duplicative and overlapping government programs);

Not Agreed To: 57-42

57: Coburn amendment #273: (consolidating unnecessary duplicative and overlapping government programs);

Agreed To: 64-36.

This is the last vote of the day.

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The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on April 6, 2011.

 CURRENT HOUSE FLOOR PROCEEDINGS

LEGISLATIVE DAY OF APRIL 6, 2011

112TH CONGRESS – FIRST SESSION

7:24 P.M. –

SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES – The House has concluded all anticipated legislative business and has proceeded to Special Order speeches.

7:20 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded further with one minute speeches.

Mr. Crenshaw asked unanimous consent that when the House adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. on April 7. Agreed to without objection.

H.R. 910:

to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes

7:18 P.M. –

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.

7:17 P.M. –

The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 910.

7:16 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Kind amendment Failed by recorded vote: 160 – 264 (Roll no. 241).

7:11 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Doyle amendment Failed by recorded vote: 173 – 250 (Roll no. 240).

7:08 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Rush amendment Failed by recorded vote: 165 – 260 (Roll no. 239).

7:04 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Markey amendment Failed by recorded vote: 156 – 266 (Roll no. 238).

7:01 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Polis amendment Failed by recorded vote: 168 – 257 (Roll no. 237).

6:56 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Waxman amendment Failed by recorded vote: 184 – 240 (Roll no. 236).

6:50 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Murphy (CT) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 182 – 240 (Roll no. 235).

6:46 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 157 – 266 (Roll no. 234).

6:42 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment Failed by recorded vote: 161 – 259 (Roll no. 233).

6:17 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of amendments which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.

6:15 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Kind amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Kind demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

6:03 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Kind amendment in the nature of a substitute number 12.

Amendment in the nature of a substitute offered by Mr. Kind.

An amendment in the nature of a substitute numbered 12 printed in House Report 112-54 to codify the Environmental Protection Agency’s Tailoring Rule in order to protect farms, small businesses, and small- and medium-sized stationary sources from greenhouse gas regulation.

6:02 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Doyle amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Doyle demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

5:50 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Doyle amendment number 11.

Amendment offered by Mr. Doyle.

An amendment numbered 11 printed in House Report 112-54 to include a study to determine whether regulations of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Air Act to address climate change, if not repealed or otherwise made unauthorized by section 2 of the bill, would cause greenhouse gas leakage and reduce the international competitiveness of United States producers of energy-intensive products.

5:49 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Rush amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes 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.

5:37 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Rush amendment number 10.

Amendment offered by Mr. Rush.

An amendment numbered 10 printed in House Report 112-54 to prevent the provisions of this act from going into effect until the EPA Administrator, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, certifies that the consequences of not regulating greenhouse gas emissions, and its subsequent impact on climate change, including the potential to create sustained natural and humanitarian disasters and the ability to likely foster political instability where societal demands exceed the capacity of governments to cope, do not jeopardize American security interests at home or abroad.

5:36 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Markey amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Markey demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

5:24 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Markey amendment number 9.

Amendment offered by Mr. Markey.

An amendment numbered 9 printed in House Report 112-54 to ensure that any prohibition on or limitation to EPA’s Clean Air Act authority contained in the bill would not apply to any action EPA could take to reduce demand for oil.

5:23 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Polis (CO) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Polis (CO) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

5:10 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Polis (CO) amendment number 8.

Amendment offered by Mr. Polis.

An amendment numbered 8 printed in House Report 112-54 to ensure the EPA Administrator can protect the public health in case of public health emergency.

5:09 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Quigley amendment Failed by voice vote.

5:00 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Quigley amendment number 7.

Amendment offered by Mr. Quigley.

An amendment numbered 7 printed in House Report 112-54 to require GAO to report to Congress the results of a study of health care costs in the U.S. as affected by the elimination of EPA regulation under this Act, as compared to health care costs in the U.S. as would be affected by the EPA proceeding under their regulating authority as determined in Massachusetts v. EPA.

4:59 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Waxman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Waxman demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

4:49 P.M. –

Amendment offered by Mr. Waxman.

An amendment numbered 6 printed in House Report 112-54 to add a new section with respect to Congressional Acceptance of Scientific Findings: Congress accepts the scientific findings of the Environmental Protection Agency that climate changes is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for public health and welfare.

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Waxman amendment number 6.

4:48 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Murphy (CT) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Murphy (CT) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

4:45 P.M. –

ORDER OF PROCEDURE – Mr. Upton asked unanimous consent to extend debate time by 1 minute on each side on the amendment. Agreed to without objection.

4:32 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Murphy (CT) amendment number 5.

Amendment offered by Mr. Murphy (CT).

An amendment numbered 5 printed in House Report 112-54 to clarify that the Agency can continue to provide technical assistance to states taking action to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

4:31 P.M. –

On agreeing to the Cuellar amendment Failed by voice vote.

4:22 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Cuellar amendment number 4.

Amendment offered by Mr. Cuellar.

An amendment numbered 4 printed in House Report 112-54 to amend the definition of greenhouse gas, to remove water vapor as a part of the definition, amend the act by striking the removal of existing EPA findings and rules, and exempt all auto standards from the legislation.

4:21 P.M. –

On agreeing to the McNerney amendment Agreed to by voice vote.

4:20 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the McNerney amendment number 3.

Amendment offered by Mr. McNerney.

An amendment numbered 3 printed in House Report 112-54 to clarify that voluntary programs addressing climate change classify as exceptions to the bill’s prohibitions.

4:19 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

4:07 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment number 2.

Amendment offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX).

An amendment numbered 2 printed in House Report 112-54 to insert a new section to provide considerations and procedures in finalizing greenhouse gas regulations.

4:06 P.M. –

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee (TX) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.

3:54 P.M. –

DEBATE – Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 203, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee (TX) amendment number 1.

Amendment offered by Ms. Jackson Lee (TX).

An amendment numbered 1 printed in House Report 112-54 to require an EPA study to determine the long term impact of a complete ban on their authority to regulate greenhouse gases.

2:40 P.M. –

GENERAL DEBATE – The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 910.

2:39 P.M. –

The Speaker designated the Honorable Steve Womack to act as Chairman of the Committee.

House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 203 and Rule XVIII.

Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 910 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Specified amendments are in order. All points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. The bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. It shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. All points of order againist the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.

Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 203.

2:38 P.M. –

On approving the Journal Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 321 – 98, 1 Present (Roll no. 232).

2:31 P.M. –

UNFINISHED BUSINESS – The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on the question of adoption of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal.

H. Res. 203:

providing for consideration of the bill ( H.R. 910) to amend the Clean Air Act to prohibit to Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from promulgating any regulation concerning, taking action relating to, or taking into consideration the emission of a greenhouse gas to address climate change, and for other purposes

2:30 P.M. –

Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

On agreeing to the resolution Agreed to by recorded vote: 250 – 172 (Roll no. 231).

2:22 P.M. –

On ordering the previous question Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: 266 – 158 (Roll no. 230).

12:56 P.M. –

DEBATE – The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H. Res. 203.

12:54 P.M. –

Considered as privileged matter.

12:53 P.M. –

On motion to adjourn Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 36 – 367 (Roll no. 229).

12:29 P.M. –

Mr. Jackson (IL) moved that the House do now adjourn.

12:04 P.M. –

ONE MINUTE SPEECHES – The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 15 per side of the aisle.

12:03 P.M. –

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – The Chair designated Mrs. Hartzler to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

POSTPONED PROCEEDINGS – The Chair announced that he had examined the Journal of the last day’s proceedings and had approved it. Mr. Poe demanded that the question be put on agreeing to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal and by voice vote, the Chair announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Poe objected to the voice vote based upon the absence of a quorum and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of the Speaker’s approval of the Journal until later in the legislative day.

12:01 P.M. –

Today’s prayer was offered by Bishop Henry Fernandez, The Faith Center, Sunrise, Florida

The House convened, returning from a recess continuing the legislative day of April 6.

10:50 A.M. –

The Speaker announced that the House do now recess. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 P.M. today.

10:00 A.M. –

MORNING-HOUR DEBATES – The House proceeded with Morning-Hour Debates. At the conclusion of Morning-Hour, the House will recess until 12:00 p.m. for the start of legislative business.

The Speaker designated the Honorable Renee L. Ellmers to act as Speaker pro tempore for today.

The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

Trees are life … from Earth Day Network


Let’s forget about carbon for one day and focus on a simple fact: trees are life. Over a billion people living in extreme poverty rely on forests to survive. They need trees to provide food, shelter, fuel, and to preserve the very fabric of their culture.

Think of Haiti. Its people rely heavily on local forests. But harsh economic realities have forced forest management to take a backseat to survival. The result: rampant deforestation, leading to devastating landslides, erosion, and floods.

Scenarios like Haitian deforestation are calls to action – it’s our duty to answer them. And we have. Using sustainable agroforestry, we planted 500,000 new trees last year to combat centuries of environmental degradation and bring life-sustaining fruit to Haitian communities.

Much work is left to be done. Frankly, we cannot do it alone. Thus, we created the Canopy Project – a people-powered campaign designed to plant a new tree for every dollar our supporters give. Let’s get to work! Will you help us plant 10,000 new trees by March 31st?

www.democracyinaction.org

Please join the Canopy Project and defend forests where they are threatened most. We will plant a new tree for every dollar you give.

Our tree programs have brought over a million new trees to life in forests and communities around the world. We’ve enhanced thousands of lives. With your help, we can do so much more.

Maybe you can’t travel to Haiti or Mexico to plant trees, but you can still stop the decline in forests worldwide. For just one dollar, plant a tree! Contribute $50 or more to receive a t-shirt as a token of our appreciation.

Help us reach our goal of 10,000 new trees by March 31. Give to the Canopy Project and fight the global threat of deforestation.

www.democracyinaction.org

Thank you for your amazing support! Who says you need to get your hands dirty to make a real difference?

The Team,

Earth Day Network

RepoWEr America … House slashes climate funding


We need your help. The House of Representatives passed a federal funding proposal over the weekend that would make drastic cuts to programs that help solve the climate crisis.

Read our latest blog post to find out more — then share it on Facebook.

http://www2.repoweramerica.org/page/m/396e8df6/6fdeebac/57d8fef/19ba7704/3702897640/VEsE/

The funding bill the House of Representatives voted in favor of is an attack on climate change solutions and climate change science. The House cuts would:

Prohibit the EPA from setting limits on greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, factories and refineries, among the most significant sources of greenhouse gas pollution in the United States.

http://www2.repoweramerica.org/page/m/396e8df6/6fdeebac/57d8fef/19ba7704/3702897640/VEsC/

Prohibit the EPA from collecting information about the sources where greenhouse gas pollution is coming from.

Eliminate funding for a Climate Service at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This program would efficiently supply scientific data and information about climate change and its impacts.

Slash the EPA’s total budget by about 29%.

Fortunately, both the Senate and the President still need to weigh in on the funding proposal. They must act before March 4. We need your help if we are going to make sure they take the climate crisis more seriously than the House of Representatives did. Read our summary here — and then spread the word among your friends and family.

http://cpaf.repoweramerica.org/budget-blow

Thanks for all you do,

Maggie L. Fox

Chief Executive Officer

Climate Protection Action Fund