10.7.19 Legislative Brief

News Update

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Expected to Resign in November OCTOBER 3 — Although not yet confirmed by Perry himself or the White House, news outlets have reported that the Secretary will resign by the end of next month. Sources close to Perry do not believe his resignation is related to any of the ongoing inquiries about Ukraine. Perry is one of the longest-serving Cabinet members under the Administration.

Federal Court Rules EPA Has Not Taken Enough Action on ‘Good Neighbor’ Rule OCTOBER 1 — The Clean Air Act contains a provision known as the ‘Good Neighbor’ rule, which addresses cross-state air pollution. The court ruled that the EPA needs to draw up a plan to specifically take action on the issue in the Northeast. The EPA is now reviewing the ruling.

President Trump Nominates James Danly to FERC SEPTEMBER 30 — Currently the General Counsel to FERC, James Danly would serve as a Republican Commissioner until 2023. With this move, the president went against the tradition of pairing Democratic and Republican commissioners on FERC, according to POLITICO Pro.

Presidential Candidate Steve Bullock Releases Public Lands Plan SEPTEMBER 30 — Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who is vying for the Democratic presidential nomination, released a plan to protect public lands across the country. Among other measures, this plan would permanently fund the Land & Water Conservation Fund and increase protections on national monuments.

Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Clears 21 Bills SEPTEMBER 25 — The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee advanced a number of largely bipartisan bills during a business meeting. The BEST Act, an energy storage measure introduced by Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), as well as the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act, introduced by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), were two such bills. An energy efficiency bill from Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and hydropower legislation was also cleared.

Interior-Environment Spending Bill Advances in the Senate SEPTEMBER 24 — Senate legislation totaling $35.8 billion would provide agencies, like the EPA and NPS, with budget increases, Politico Pro reports. “In this bill, we invest in programs aimed to protect our land, water, and people, enable infrastructure projects to boost the economy and help communities provide vital, basic services that perhaps many take for granted,” said Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Legislative Tracking

MARKET CHOICE Act of 2019

H.R.4520

What to Know: This legislation would create a tax on carbon emissions and use the revenue to fund “infrastructure development and enhancement.” The bill also eliminates the gas tax. Supporters of the legislation include the Nature Conservancy and former Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo. Critics of carbon pricing say the policy is “politically toxic” and has failed to gain traction even in deep blue states.

Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Scott Peters (D-CA), Salud Carbajal (D-CA), and Francis Rooney (R-FL)

Important Dates: Introduced to the House on September 26, 2019

ACC Legislative Team