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House Passes Bipartisan Energy Measures

House Passes Bipartisan Energy Measures

The House last week passed two bipartisan energy bills which would promote energy efficiency improvements and efforts in both public and private sector buildings and rein in the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power plants.

State of the Union: What it Means for Small Biz

On Tuesday, Jan. 28, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union Address which held good and bad implications for America’s small businesses, but was light on details and specifics.

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House Committee OK’s Bill Limiting EPA’s Carbon Regs

Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved a bipartisan bill which would help to rein in the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power plants.

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House Hearing on EPA Rules and Draft Legislation

On Thursday, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on recently issued EPA proposed regulations regarding CO2 emissions from future power plants and draft bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing EPA’s ability to establish such standards without Congressional consideration.

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EPA Seeks Input on Reducing Carbon Emissions

The EPA is conducting “listening sessions” across the country to garner input on how best to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants—a first step to proposing new regulations expected in June 2014.

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Senate Energy Efficiency Bill in Holding Pattern

Unable to reach an agreement on amendments, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was left with no choice but to pull the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 (S. 1392) from the Senate floor and move on to consideration of a government funding provision given the looming Sept. 30 deadline.

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NSBA Urges Passage of Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Bill

NSBA is urging the Senate to pass the bipartisan Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill which is currently being debated and would promote voluntary cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors to help reduce energy costs for small business.

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Small Business Supports Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill

NSBA) is urging the Senate to pass the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S. 1392) introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and Rob Portman (R–Ohio), which would promote voluntary cost-effective energy efficiency improvements in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors to help reduce energy costs and create jobs at no additional cost to the American taxpayer.

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Senate Takes Up Energy Efficiency Legislation

Last week, the Senate took up a revised version of the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 which aims to incentivize adoption of energy efficient technologies, and is expected to be taken up again when the Senate return in September.

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House Over-Criminalization Task Force Starts Work

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte (R-Va.) has established an Over-Criminalization Task Force aimed at addressing the proliferation of new federal crimes and severe civil money penalties often for relatively minor violations of federal regulatory requirements.

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