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house Bill H. Con. Res. 59

House to EPA: We'd Like Public Listening Sessions in the Following States

Argument in favor

The EPA is taxpayer-funded agency and should be available to explain for its regulatory actions by citizens affected by them.

Argument opposed

Diverts taxpayer dollars away from the job the EPA is supposed to do. Other federal agencies are not required to go on speaking tours.

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  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Energy
    IntroducedOctober 8th, 2013

What is House Bill H. Con. Res. 59?

This resolution (which is akin to a statement of belief, rather than a bill seeking to become a law) expresses that: 

the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should hold public listening sessions on rulemaking targeting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in each of the 15 states with the highest percentage of electricity generated by coal in 2012 (West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Indiana, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado, Kansas, Iowa, Montana, and Wisconsin); and [that] such sessions should be held at a time and place that would maximize the ability of individuals to participate.

Impact

The resolution, if passed, would express sentiment in the House of Representatives, but no action would be required on the part of EPA.

Cost of House Bill H. Con. Res. 59

No significant impact on the federal budget.

Official Title

Expressing the sense of Congress that the Environmental Protection Agency should hold public listening sessions on regulations targeting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants in those States most directly impacted by the potential regulations.