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House Votes

Sunday, April 24, 2005; Page SM12

For the Record

Here's how some major bills fared recently in Congress and how local congressional members voted, as provided by Thomas Voting Reports. NV means Not Voting.

House Votes

ENERGY TAX BREAKS

For: 249 / Against: 183

The House approved a package of tax breaks, regulatory relief and policy changes designed mainly to boost domestic energy production. The bill (HR 6) would provide at least $8 billion over 10 years in tax breaks for oil and gas exploration, coal extraction and nuclear energy, compared with under $500 million in incentives for energy efficiency and renewable energy. The bill, which awaits Senate action, would open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil and gas drilling and give methyl tertiary-butyl ether manufacturers retroactive immunity from suits alleging that the gasoline additive has polluted groundwater. The bill also would keep fuel economy standards for vehicles at their present levels.

The bill would extend daylight saving time by two months, set reliability standards for regional electrical grids and empower the federal government to override state and local decisions on the location of energy transmission lines and terminals for liquefied natural gas.

In addition, the bill would require an inventory of oil and gas deposits in all coastal waters; fund clean-coal technologies; streamline hydroelectric licensing; require increased use of corn-based ethanol as a gasoline additive; lower taxes on rail and barge fuels; increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; and fund improvements in deepwater drilling technology.

The bill would repeal the Public Utilities Holding Company Act of 1935 to permit mergers of individual gas and electric companies and ease clean-air standards in certain metropolitan areas.

A yes vote was to pass the bill.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Bartlett (R)

-

-

Cardin (D)

-

-

Cummings (D)

-

-

Gilchrest (R)

-

-

Hoyer (D)

-

-

Ruppersberger (D)

-

-

Van Hollen (D)

-

-

Wynn (D)

-

-

FUEL EFFICIENCY STANDARDS

For: 177 / Against: 254

Members refused to raise fuel efficiency standards for automobiles, sport-utility vehicles and light trucks to an average of 33 miles per gallon by 2015. The government's fuel economy standards are 27.5 mpg for cars and 21 mpg for SUVs and light trucks. The underlying bill (HR 6, above) would leave these standards unchanged.

Supporters said the amendment would cut U.S. oil consumption attributable to cars by 10 percent annually, and opponents said it would cost jobs and force drivers into smaller, less-safe cars.

A yes vote was to raise mileage standards.

MARYLAND

Y

N

NV

Bartlett (R)

-

-


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