H.R. 3 - Northern Route Approval Act

Bill Text

    Text of H.R. 3 PDF XML

    Northern Route Approval Act (as introduced) 

    Text of Rules Committee Print 113-11 PDF XML

    Showing the text of H.R. 3 as ordered reported by the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and Natural Resources

    Text of H. Rept. 113-61 Part 1 PDF XML

    Report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce

    Text of H. Rept. 113-61 Part 2 PDF XML

    Report from the Committee on Natural Resources

    Text of H. Rept. 113-61 Part 3 PDF XML

    Report from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure 

Rule Information

REPORTED BY VOICE VOTE on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.

ADOPTED by record vote of 228-185, after agreeing to the previous question by record vote of 223-194, on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.   

MANAGERS: Webster/Polis

1. Structured rule.

2. Provides 90 minutes of general debate equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, Energy and Commerce, and natural Resources.

3. Waives all points of order against consideration of the bill.

4. Makes in order as original text for purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of substitute consisting of the text of Rules Committee Print 113-11 and provides that it shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against the amendment in the nature of a substitute.

6. Makes in order only those further amendments printed in the Rules Committee report. Each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a Member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question.

7. Waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report.

8. Provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
25Version 1Christensen (VI)DemocratLate Protects the health of children and the elderly located in close proximity to the refineries receiving crude from the pipeline.Submitted
23Version 1Chu (CA), Polis (CO), Connolly (VA)DemocratRequires the GAO to conduct a study and prepare a report of the Keystone XL pipeline to determine the total projected costs of pipeline spill cleanup, including the potential impacts of a petroleum spill on public health and the environment and the quantity and quality of water available for agricultural and municipal purposes.Made In Order
9Version 1Cohen (TN)DemocratRequires TransCanada and any future owner or operator of the Keystone XL pipeline to maintain safety data sheets specific to the material contained and transported within the pipeline. Such safety data sheets must be made immediately available upon request to a representative of the United States Government, State government, or local authority responding to an accident or incident involving the pipeline or facility.Submitted
10Version 1Cohen (TN)DemocratRequires TransCanada to submit its oil spill response plan, and any updates to the plan, to the Governors of each State in which the Keystone XL pipeline operates. TransCanada is required to develop such a plan under current law and regulations; only certain Federal agencies receive and review the plan.Made In Order
24Version 1Cohen (TN)DemocratLate Requires TransCanada to certify to the President that construction, operation, and maintenance of the Keystone XL pipeline, as described in the May 4, 2012 application, will create 20,000 direct jobs and 100,000 indirect jobs.Submitted
21Version 1Connolly (VA), Chu (CA)DemocratRequires two studies on the costs to taxpayers of any potential spill. The first addresses the costs of cleanup, lost business revenue, public health impacts, and water supply damage. The second review would include factors such as historical spill data and the corrosive nature of tar sands.Submitted
22Version 1Connolly (VA)DemocratRequires a threat assessment of pipeline vulnerabilities to terrorist attack and corrective actions necessary to protect the pipeline from such an attack and to mitigate any resulting spill. Made In Order
12Version 1Esty (CT)DemocratRemoves the mandate to allow one specifically named company to never receive appropriate oversight through the permit process for operation and/or maintenance – in perpetuity, while allowing construction permit fast-track. Made In Order
2Version 1Holt (NJ)DemocratIncreases American energy independence by requiring that all oil and refined fuels transported through the Keystone XL Pipeline be used here in the United States and not exported, unless the President finds that an exception is required by law or in the national interest. Made In Order
6Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratLengthens the time period for filing a claim under the Act from 60 days to 1 year.Made In Order
7Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratAdds non-severability clause to the bill so that if any provision or application of the legislation is held to be invalid, the entire act shall be rendered void.Submitted
8Version 1Jackson Lee (TX)DemocratRequires the Secretary of Transportation to submit a report to Congress identifying the procedures and policies adopted to ensure that women and minority business enterprises are afforded the opportunity to participate on an equitable basis in the construction and operation of the Keystone PipelineSubmitted
20Version 1Johnson, Hank (GA)DemocratRequires a study on the health impacts of increased air pollution in communities surrounding the refineries that will transport diluted bitumen through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.Made In Order
13Version 1Lipinski (IL)DemocratStrikes section 7 of the bill which automatically approves all permits applied for under section 404 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act for the construction, operations and maintenance of the pipeline after 90 days. Submitted
3Version 1Lujn (NM)DemocratEnsure that Native American cultural sites are protected before approval of the pipeline. Submitted
15Version 1Peters (MI)DemocratAdds a section requiring that the Environmental Protection Agency conduct a study assessing the potential environmental impact of waste byproducts generated from the refining of oil transported through the Keystone XL pipeline.Submitted
11Version 1Pompeo (KS)RepublicanProhibits the importation into the United States of Canadian oil sands recovered crude that is transported by pipeline. Submitted
16Version 1Rahall (WV), DeFazio (OR)DemocratStrikes section 3 of the bill (Keystone XL Permit Approval). Section 3 eliminates the requirement for a Presidential Permit to construct the Keystone XL pipeline across an international border. Section 3 further deems the new application for the Keystone XL pipeline approved, based on a final environmental impact statement issued by the U.S. Department of State for a different pipeline route. Made In Order
4Version 1Rush (IL), Jackson Lee (TX), Cohen (TN), Chu (CA)DemocratStrikes Section 4, the Judicial Review clause, which limits citizens’ ability to file a legal claim. Submitted
5Version 1Shea-Porter, Carol (NH)DemocratRequires that TransCanada disclose its campaign contributions and other electioneering expenditures over the previous five years to the public before the Act would take effect. Submitted
14Version 1Shea-Porter, Carol (NH), Kuster, Ann (NH), Pingree (ME)DemocratClarifies that nothing in this Act may be construed as approving or authorizing any proposed pipeline activity between Portland, Maine, and Montreal, Canada to move more polluting tar sands crude oil.Submitted
17Version 1Tonko (NY)DemocratBlocks the provisions of this legislation until all court cases associated with disputes between private property owners along the pipeline and TransCanada are resolved in accordance with the law. Submitted
18Version 1Tonko (NY)DemocratProvides that the bill will not go into effect unless the Secretary of Transportation determines that current pipeline regulations are sufficient to ensure the safety of pipelines used for transportation of diluted bitumen.Submitted
19Version 1Waxman (CA)DemocratAdds a finding that “the reliance on oil sands crudes for transportation fuels would likely result in an increase in incremental greenhouse gas emissions” in the United States, resulting in additional greenhouse gas emissions equal to 4.3 million passenger vehicles. Also provides that the bill will not go into effect unless the President finds that TransCanada or tar sands producers will fully offset the additional greenhouse gas emissions.Made In Order
1Version 1Weber, Randy (TX)RepublicanAdds to the findings in Section 2 highlighting the State Department’s scientific and environmental findings which conclude that the Keystone XL pipeline is a safe and environmentally sound project.Made In Order