Energy Consumers Relief Act Of 2013

H.R. 1582, passed the full House on August 1 by a vote of 232 – 181.  It would have required the EPA, before promulgating a final rule that regulates any aspect of the production, supply, distribution or use of energy (or that provides for such regulation by state or local governments) and that is estimated by OMB to impose aggregate costs of more than $1 billion to submit a report to Congress that contains:
  1. an estimate of the total costs of the rule;
  2. an estimate of the increases in energy prices that may result from implementation or enforcement of the rule; and
  3. a detailed description of the employment effects that may result from implementation or enforcement of the rule.
The White House issued on July 23 a Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) opposing H.R. 1582 and threatening a veto if the measure reaches President Obama’s desk for his signature.  This action is unlikely because the Senate is not expected to consider the bill when it returns on September 9.

Carol Connors