Senators have taken a series of votes on amendments in relation to the SBIR and STTR Reauthorization Act (S. 493). Each required 60 votes for passage.
Several dealt with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulating greenhouse gas emissions.
Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) offered an amendment that would “fully revoke the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act,” according to POLITICO. It was defeated by a vote of 50-50.
Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) offered an amendment that would have exempted “agriculture and small industrial facilities from climate rules.” Baucus said his amendment focused on protecting agriculture producers. It was defeated by a vote of 7-93.
Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) wanted to impose a “two-year delay on EPA climate rules for industrial facilities.” His amendment was defeated by a vote of 12-88.
Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) offered an amendment that would “prevent the government from regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and oil refineries for two years,” according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. It was defeated by a vote of 7-93. According to The Hill, it would also “exempt agriculture from greenhouse-gas rules and boost a tax credit program for manufacturing green-energy equipment, among other provisions.”
Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) also received votes on two of his amendments. The first would “prohibit unemployment insurance for Americans earning one million dollars or more in adjusted gross income,” according to an e-mail from his office.
It would do so by requiring “those seeking unemployment insurance payments to sign a form certifying the applicant did not earn $1 million or more in the previous year.” The amendment was adopted by a vote of 100-0.
His second amendment would require the Office of Management and Budget and “the executive branch to consolidate duplication within federal agencies identified in a recent GAO report on duplication.” They would “have to rescind at least $5 billion in duplicative spending where they are able to do so administratively.” The amendment was adopted by a vote of 64-36.
A Democratic alternative offered by Appropriations Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye (D-HI) was defeated by a vote of 57-43.