Energy Debate in the House

By September 16, 2008Energy

(11:25 a.m.) Republicans are speaking in one-minute floor statements, excoriating Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the introduction of the “energy bill” filed at 9:45 p.m. with the vote scheduled today, with no Republicans or Blue Dog Democrats having seen the legislation.

Rep. Charles Dent (R-PA) is pitching the bipartisan Abercrombie-Peterson bill, which the NAM supports.

Here are the rules for the pending debate:


Committee on Rules: Granted, by a record vote of 8 to 1, a closed rule providing for consideration of H.R. 6899, the “the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act.” The rule provides three hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking minority member of the Committee on Natural Resources.
The resolution waives all points of order against consideration of the bill except those arising under clause 9 or 10 of rule XXI. The resolution provides that the bill shall be considered as read. The resolution waives all points of order against provisions of the bill.
The rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
The rule provides that, notwithstanding the operation of the previous question, the Chair may postpone further consideration of the bill to a time designated by the Speaker. Testimony was heard from Chairman Rahall and Representative Shadegg.

Compromise unlikely, it seems.

(11:45 a.m.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) brings to the floor a poster of President Bush holding hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah. Edifying.

(11:49 a.m.) Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) says the legislation is comprehensive, demands responsibility and transparency by oil companies, and imposes new ethics rules on MMS. The “drill everywhere” crowd wants to drill under the National Mall, he asserts. Reductio ad absurdum.

(11:51 a.m.) Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) says the bill does nothing at all for coal or clean coal. The Speaker hates coals, he says. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) says Congressional leadership’s disdain for coal is well-known nationally. The public is tired of bickering, she argues. We need a bill that could be signed into law. “This one doesn’t have any hope,” Moore Capito concludes.

(11:52 a.m.) Rep. Don Manzullo (R-IL) says the high price of energy is crippling U.S. manufacturing. Good commentary, Congressman!

(11:54 a.m.) Parliamentary maneuvering/posturing. Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) moves to adjourn. Roll call vote pending.

(12:22 p.m.) Motion to adjourn fails, 393-11. Debate starts on H.Res. 1433, the rule. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) makes a point of order, objecting to the inclusion of SEC. 826. RESTRUCTURING OF NEW YORK LIBERTY ZONE TAX CREDITS. It is an earmark that violates the rules, and besides, who sponsored it, he says. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) responds, criticizing oil companies. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-NY) says Republicans have forgotten the terrorist attacks on NYC on September 11, 2001.

Time for a break on this end. Phew.


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