REP. MARINO’S WEEKLY WRAPUP – JULY 15, 2011
MAJOR VOTES THIS WEEK:
HR 2354: FY 2012 Energy & Water Appropriations Act
SUMMARY: Funds the Department of Energy (including the National Nuclear Security Administration), as well as the Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and various regional water and power authorities. Total funding of $30.6 billion (a decrease of over $1 billion below FY11) bringing the total cost of the bill to nearly the 2006 funding level. Provides $1.028 billion in emergency funding to the Army Corps of Engineers to repair damage caused by recent storms and floods – fully offset by a rescission of the remaining emergency high speed rail funding included in the “stimulus” bill. No Earmarks were included.
PASSED: 219-196, July 15
2018: The Clean Water Cooperative Federalism Act of 2011
SUMMARY: Restricts EPA’s ability to issue a revised or new water quality standard for a pollutant whenever a state has adopted – and EPA has already approved – a standard, unless the state concurs; prohibits EPA from superseding a water quality certification granted under the CWA; prohibits EPA from withdrawing approval of a state water quality permitting program under the CWA; and prohibits EPA from objecting to a state’s issuance of a permit on the basis of a differing interpretation of an approved state water quality standard.
PASSED: 239-184, July 13
HR2417: Better Use of Light Bulbs Act
SUMMARY: Repeals 2007 legislation that bans the manufacture and sale of certain light bulbs. These sections impose energy efficiency standards which would effectively prohibit the sale of certain incandescent light bulbs after Dec. 31, 2011, and impose dozens of new regulations on light bulbs and lamps.
FAILED: 233-193 in favor (2/3 or 285 votes needed)
HR1309: Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2011
SUMMARY: The National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as an alternative to providing direct assistance after floods. NFIP,
which provides government-guaranteed flood insurance to homeowners and businesses, was
intended to reduce the federal government’s escalating costs for repairing flood damage after
disasters. H.R. 1309 provides for a 5-year reauthorization of the NFIP and includes important
reforms to improve its financial stability, reduce the burden on taxpayers, and provide avenues to
increase private sector participation in the flood insurance market.