/  H.R. 3043—Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017

H.R. 3043 - Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017

Bill Text

  • Text of H.R. 3043 PDF XML

    Hydropower Policy Modernization Act of 2017 (as reported) 

  • H. Rept. 115-377, Part I PDF

    Report from the Committee on Energy and Commerce 

Rule Information

COMMITTEE ACTION:
REPORTED BY RECORD VOTE of 9-2 on Monday, November 6, 2017.

FLOOR ACTION ON H. RES. 607: 
Agreed to by record vote of 233-182, after agreeing to the previous questions by record vote of 233-182 on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

MANAGERS: Byrne/McGovern

1. Structured rule for H.R. 3043.

2. Provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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

4. Makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Energy and Commerce now printed in the bill and provides that it shall be considered as read.

5. Waives all points of order against that 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.

9. Closed rule for H.R. 3441.

10. Provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce.

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

12. Provides that the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on Education and the Workforce now printed in the bill shall be considered as adopted and that the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read.

13. Waives all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended.

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

Amendments (click headers to sort)

#Version #Sponsor(s)PartySummaryStatus
1Version 1Sarbanes (MD)DemocratExempts actions taken by states and Indian tribes pursuant to their delegated authorities under the Clean Water Act from the provisions of the bill.Submitted
2Version 1Pallone (NJ)DemocratAdds a new definition to the bill of a completed application and makes conforming changes to the bill to incorporate the new definition.Submitted
3Version 1Dingell (MI)DemocratPreserves states’ and tribal rights to have sufficient time to obtain all necessary information to support their decisions on hydropower projects that impact water quality and water management within their boundaries in accordance with Federal, state, and tribal laws. Submitted
4Version 1Ruiz (CA)DemocratProvides Indian tribes with authority to determine the conditions that may be applied to a hydropower license after the Secretary of the Interior determines the Indian tribe has demonstrated: (1) financial stability and management capability, and (2) the ability to plan, conduct, and administer all activities that would be otherwise be administered by the Secretary on their behalf.Submitted
5Version 1Pocan (WI), Grothman (WI)Bi-PartisanRequires the U.S. Department of Interior consider the threat of invasive species when it makes decisions on hydropower licensing. Made In Order
6Version 2Rush (IL)DemocratSUBSTITUTE Revised Adds a new section to the Federal Power Act (FPA) to improve the hydropower licensing process. It directs the Commission and the Federal resource agencies to convene a negotiated rulemaking within 90 days of enactment with state and local government representatives, Indian tribes, and stakeholders to develop a process that will coordinate all necessary Federal authorizations and enable the Commission to make a final decision on a license not later than 3 years of receiving a completed license application.Made In Order
7Version 1Jenkins, Evan (WV)RepublicanLate Ensures that when hydro projects have an existing Memorandum of Understanding for non-federal hydropower with FERC that all relevant federal agencies are authorized to fully study and review the potential expansion of non-federal hydropower, including a review of seasonal pool levels and slowing flood releases. Made In Order
8Version 2Babin (TX), Higgins, Clay (LA)RepublicanLate Revised Allows FERC to examine the licenses of any project located in an area that was declared by the President to be a disaster area in 2017.Made In Order
9Version 1Garamendi (CA), LaMalfa (CA)Bi-PartisanLate Requires FERC to conduct a supplemental environmental review for a project that meets certain criteria. Submitted
10Version 1LaMalfa (CA)RepublicanLate Ensures that local communities and governments have a greater say in the dam removal/modification process initiated and approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Specifically, this amendment would amend section 6 of the Federal Power Act to include specific provisions such as: impacts to local government revenue, impacts to general employment, impacts to water supply/availability, impacts to energy reliability, and impacts to energy prices within the region(s) serviced by the operator of such dam(s), that the licensee must consider prior to the application’s submission. Submitted
11Version 1LaMalfa (CA)RepublicanLate Prohibits FERC from approving the surrender of a hydropower license unless Congress has passed legislation approving the surrender. Submitted
12Version 1LaMalfa (CA)RepublicanLate Prohibits FERC from approving an application to surrender a hydroelectric license unless the Secretaries of Energy and the Interior have submitted letters finding that surrender of the license will not result in any negative impacts to energy supply or reliability, or negative impacts to the environment. Submitted