Full Committee Markup of Build Back Better Act (Day 3)

Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:00:00 GMT

The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold the third day of its full Committee markup in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, on legislative recommendations for its budget reconciliation instructions, which were passed last month by the House and Senate.

The Committee will consider the following Committee Prints:

The Committee’s Memorandum includes a section-by-section for each of the Committee Prints and a fact sheet on key provisions is available.

Grid Decarbonization Standard: $150 billion in a Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) at the Department of Energy (DOE) The CEPP, which complements tax incentives for clean energy, will issue grants to and collect payments from electricity suppliers from 2023 through 2030 based on how much qualified clean electricity each supplier provides to customers.
  • An electricity supplier will be eligible for a grant if it increases the amount of clean electricity it supplies to customers by 4 percentage points compared to the previous year. The grant will be $150 for each megawatt-hour of clean electricity above 1.5 percent the previous year’s clean electricity.
  • Electricity suppliers must use the grants exclusively for the benefit of their customers, including direct bill assistance, investments in qualified clean electricity and energy efficiency, and worker retention.
  • An electricity supplier that does not increase its clean electricity percentage by at least 4 percent compared to the previous year will owe a payment to DOE based on the shortfall. If, for example, the electricity supplier only increases its clean electricity percentage by 2 percent, the supplier will owe $40 for each megawatt-hour that represents the 2 percent shortfall.
  • The CEPP gives electricity suppliers the option to defer a grant or a payment for up to two consecutive years.
  • Eligible clean electricity is electricity generation with a carbon intensity of not more than 0.10 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per megawatt-hour [i.e., renewable and nuclear].
Other Energy and Climate Provisions:
  • $13.5 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure
  • $7 billion in multiple loan and grant programs at DOE to support development of innovative technologies and American manufacturing of zero emission transportation technologies
  • $9 billion for grid modernization
  • $17.5 billion in decarbonizing federal buildings and fleets
  • $18 billion in home energy efficiency and appliance electrification rebates
  • $27.5 billion in nonprofit, state, and local climate finance institutions that support the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission technologies. At least 40 percent of investments will be made in low-income and disadvantaged communities
  • $2.5 billion for planning and installing solar facilities and community solar projects that serve low-income households or multi-family affordable housing complexes
  • $30 billion for the full replacement of lead service lines in drinking water systems
  • $10 billion for the cleanup of Superfund sites
  • Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants: $5 billion to community-led projects that address environmental and public health harms related to pollution and climate change
  • methane fee on pollution from the oil and gas industry above specific intensity thresholds
Health:
  • $5 billion in replacing certain heavy-duty vehicles, such as refuse trucks and school buses, with zero emission vehicles Health
  • dental, vision, and hearing coverage for seniors under Medicare
  • expands Medicaid eligibility to millions of Americans
  • $190 billion to expand access to quality home-based services and care for millions of older adults and people with disabilities
  • permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • ensure that all pregnant women on Medicaid will keep their health insurance for the critical first year postpartum
  • ensure that Medicaid coverage begins automatically 30 days prior to an individual’s release from incarceration
  • $2.86 billion in funding for the World Trade Center Health Program
  • $3 billion in funding to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)
  • $35 billion in investments to rebuild and modernize public health departments
  • $15 billion in targeted investments for pandemic preparedness
Other:
  • $10 billion in grants for the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services
  • $4 billion to the Emergency Connectivity Fund to ensure students, school staff, and library patrons have internet connectivity
  • $10 billion to monitor and identify critical manufacturing supply chain vulnerabilities
Filed amendments:

Nominations of Amanda Howe, David Uhlmann, and Carlton Waterhouse to be EPA Assistant Administrators, and other matters

Wed, 15 Sep 2021 13:30:00 GMT

On Wednesday, September 15, at 9:30 AM ET, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a business meeting and hearing to consider several of President Biden’s nominees, as well as legislation to rename federal buildings and several General Services Administration resolutions.

The Committee will consider the following items during the business meeting:
  • Jeffrey Prieto to be General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Michael Connor to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Department of Defense
  • Stephen A. Owens to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Jennifer B. Sass to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Sylvia E. Johnson to be a Member of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board

Immediately following the business meeting, the Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of:

  • Amanda Howe to be Assistant Administrator for Mission Support, Environmental Protection Agency
  • David Uhlmann to be Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Carlton Waterhouse to be Assistant Administrator of Land and Emergency Management, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Senate Environment and Public Works Committee 406 Dirksen
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Build Back Better Act: Financial Services (Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities), Day 2

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:45:00 GMT

The full Committee will convene to mark up the following measures, in an order to be determined by the Chairwoman at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, and subsequent days if necessary, in a hybrid format in room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building as well as on the WebEx platform.

  • Reconciliation Pursuant to S. Con. Res. 14, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022; H.R. 5195 and H.R. 5196

Memorandum

The Committee Print being considered at this markup provides more than $300 billion in funding for new and existing federal housing programs designed to provide a comprehensive response to address our nation’s urgent housing needs including the national eviction and homelessness crisis, particularly among the lowest income families, people with disabilities, millennials, and people of color. It includes targeted funding streams for new construction, rehabilitation/preservation, rental assistance, downpayment assistance, green housing, fair housing enforcement, among other investments.

Includes, among other provisions:
  • $80 billion for public housing preservation and creation, improvements to energy and water efficiency or climate resilience, or removal of health and safety hazards in public housing
  • $6 billion to fund projects that improve the energy or water efficiency, implement green features, including clean energy generation or building electrification, electric car charging station installations, or address climate resilience of multi-family properties
  • $1 billion for block grants for disaster recovery
  • cancellation of the debt of the National Flood Insurance Program, and $3 billion for flood risk mapping

Build Back Better Act: Transportation

Tue, 14 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT

The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure will hold a markup to consider the following:

Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022, S. Con. Res. 14

Includes, among other provisions:
  • $950 million for community climate incentive grants under the Federal Highway Administration
Amendments

Climate Action Now Rally

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 21:45:00 GMT

Join Congressional leaders for a bicameral rally calling for major climate investments in the Build Back Better Act!

Leaders in Congress know that now more than ever we need to cut emissions, lower costs for families, create millions of family sustaining jobs, and turbocharge our economy. That is why they are calling for the Build Back Better Act—a bold investment plan to tackle climate change, create jobs, and transform our economy.

The rally will be moderated by Tiernan Sittenfeld and feature Members including: Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Sen. Tim Kaine, Sen. Ben Ray Lujan, Sen. Tina Smith, Sen. Martin Heinrich, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Rep. Sean Casten (IL-06).

Congress knows it’s time to go big, be bold, and put people to work.

at the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Washington, DC 20016

Build Back Better Act: Financial Services (Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities)

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 16:00:00 GMT

The full Committee will convene to mark up the following measures, in an order to be determined by the Chairwoman at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 13, 2021, and subsequent days if necessary, in a hybrid format in room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building as well as on the WebEx platform.

  • Reconciliation Pursuant to S. Con. Res. 14, the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022; H.R. 5195 and H.R. 5196

Memorandum

The Committee Print being considered at this markup provides more than $300 billion in funding for new and existing federal housing programs designed to provide a comprehensive response to address our nation’s urgent housing needs including the national eviction and homelessness crisis, particularly among the lowest income families, people with disabilities, millennials, and people of color. It includes targeted funding streams for new construction, rehabilitation/preservation, rental assistance, downpayment assistance, green housing, fair housing enforcement, among other investments.

Includes, among other provisions:
  • $80 billion for public housing preservation and creation, improvements to energy and water efficiency or climate resilience, or removal of health and safety hazards in public housing
  • $6 billion to fund projects that improve the energy or water efficiency, implement green features, including clean energy generation or building electrification, electric car charging station installations, or address climate resilience of multi-family properties
  • $1 billion for block grants for disaster recovery
  • cancellation of the debt of the National Flood Insurance Program, and $3 billion for flood risk mapping

Full Committee Markup of Build Back Better Act

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 15:00:00 GMT

The Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a full Committee markup on Monday, September 13, at 11 a.m. (EDT) in the John D. Dingell Room, 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building, on legislative recommendations for its budget reconciliation instructions, which were passed last month by the House and Senate.

The Committee will consider the following Committee Prints:

The Committee’s Memorandum includes a section-by-section for each of the Committee Prints and a fact sheet on key provisions is available.

Grid Decarbonization Standard: $150 billion in a Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) at the Department of Energy (DOE) The CEPP, which complements tax incentives for clean energy, will issue grants to and collect payments from electricity suppliers from 2023 through 2030 based on how much qualified clean electricity each supplier provides to customers.
  • An electricity supplier will be eligible for a grant if it increases the amount of clean electricity it supplies to customers by 4 percentage points compared to the previous year. The grant will be $150 for each megawatt-hour of clean electricity above 1.5 percent the previous year’s clean electricity.
  • Electricity suppliers must use the grants exclusively for the benefit of their customers, including direct bill assistance, investments in qualified clean electricity and energy efficiency, and worker retention.
  • An electricity supplier that does not increase its clean electricity percentage by at least 4 percent compared to the previous year will owe a payment to DOE based on the shortfall. If, for example, the electricity supplier only increases its clean electricity percentage by 2 percent, the supplier will owe $40 for each megawatt-hour that represents the 2 percent shortfall.
  • The CEPP gives electricity suppliers the option to defer a grant or a payment for up to two consecutive years.
  • Eligible clean electricity is electricity generation with a carbon intensity of not more than 0.10 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per megawatt-hour [i.e., renewable and nuclear].
Other Energy and Climate Provisions:
  • $13.5 billion in electric vehicle infrastructure
  • $7 billion in multiple loan and grant programs at DOE to support development of innovative technologies and American manufacturing of zero emission transportation technologies
  • $9 billion for grid modernization
  • $17.5 billion in decarbonizing federal buildings and fleets
  • $18 billion in home energy efficiency and appliance electrification rebates
  • $27.5 billion in nonprofit, state, and local climate finance institutions that support the rapid deployment of low- and zero-emission technologies. At least 40 percent of investments will be made in low-income and disadvantaged communities
  • $2.5 billion for planning and installing solar facilities and community solar projects that serve low-income households or multi-family affordable housing complexes
  • $30 billion for the full replacement of lead service lines in drinking water systems
  • $10 billion for the cleanup of Superfund sites
  • Environmental and Climate Justice Block Grants: $5 billion to community-led projects that address environmental and public health harms related to pollution and climate change
  • methane fee on pollution from the oil and gas industry above specific intensity thresholds
Health:
  • $5 billion in replacing certain heavy-duty vehicles, such as refuse trucks and school buses, with zero emission vehicles Health
  • dental, vision, and hearing coverage for seniors under Medicare
  • expands Medicaid eligibility to millions of Americans
  • $190 billion to expand access to quality home-based services and care for millions of older adults and people with disabilities
  • permanently extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • ensure that all pregnant women on Medicaid will keep their health insurance for the critical first year postpartum
  • ensure that Medicaid coverage begins automatically 30 days prior to an individual’s release from incarceration
  • $2.86 billion in funding for the World Trade Center Health Program
  • $3 billion in funding to establish the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)
  • $35 billion in investments to rebuild and modernize public health departments
  • $15 billion in targeted investments for pandemic preparedness
Other:
  • $10 billion in grants for the implementation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services
  • $4 billion to the Emergency Connectivity Fund to ensure students, school staff, and library patrons have internet connectivity
  • $10 billion to monitor and identify critical manufacturing supply chain vulnerabilities
Filed amendments:

Build Back Better Markup: Judiciary (Immigration and Community Violence Provisions)

Mon, 13 Sep 2021 14:00:00 GMT

Markup of legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 (S. Con. Res. 14)

  • Committee Print 117-2: Legislative proposals to comply with the reconciliation directive included in section 2002 of the Concurrent Resolution on the Budget for Fiscal Year 2022

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