Clean Air Act Digest, 3.19.13
This week, Congress is working to pass a continuing resolution to fund the government through the end of FY2013. Current government funding expires on March 27th and if a CR isn’t passed, the government would be forced to shut down. The House has passed a CR, and the Senate is debating its own version. Both versions of the CR would continue the “sequester,” sharply cutting federal funding. For more information on the sequester, see Digest from March 6 and Climate Action Hotline from February 22.
At the same time, both chambers are considering their budget blueprints for the next fiscal year (FY2014), which begins on October 1.
Both the House and Senate are considering their versions of the Budget Resolution, which sets out aggregate levels of spending, revenue, and public debt over five years, this week. The Budget Resolution is not signed by the President and does not have the force of law; rather, it establishes parameters within which Congress can consider legislation dealing with spending and revenue, including the annual appropriations bills.
The Senate Budget Resolution, as prepared by Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray (D-WA) and passed by the Budget Committee last week, recognizes the value of public health and environmental programs such as those which enforce the Clean Air Act, in sharp contrast to the House Budget Resolution. The Senate is expected to vote on dozens of amendments on a wide range of issues, including amendments attacking various environmental programs including provisions of the Clean Air Act. We encourage you to contact your Senators and them to vote against any Budget Resolution amendments attacking the Clean Air Act, public health, and the environment.
Draft Carbon-pricing Legislation:
On Tuesday, March 12, Congressmen Waxman (D-CA) and Blumenauer (D-OR), and Senators Whitehouse (D-RI) and Schatz (D-HI) released draft carbon-pricing legislation aimed at curbing climate change. Section 8 of the discussion draft leaves other provisions of law unaffected (this would include the Clean Air Act). The authors are looking for comments from stakeholders and the public. For more information, see:
Tell Your Senators to Protect Our Health and Environment in the 2014 Budget
This week, the Senate will likely vote on Senator Patty Murray’s budget plan, but Republican leaders want to add destructive provisions on a wide range of issues, including amendments attacking various provisions of the Clean Air Act.
We encourage you to urge your members to do so as well. Please see NRDC’s action alert below.
Protect Our Health and Environment in the 2014 Budget, Natural Resource Defense Council Action Alert, 3.18.13
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Letter in Support of Murray Budget, Sierra Club Letter, 3.18.13
Murray and Ryan Budgets: Careful Stewardship Versus Mishandling of Environment, Health and Energy, Natural Resources Defense Council Press Release, 3.13.13
Making the Clean Air Act Even Stronger, Moms Clean Air Force Blog, 3.8.13
Above is a sampling of the most recent resources related to upholding the Clean Air Act. Don’t forget USCAN has a series of pages that compile items like these and much more:
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