June 8, 2012
NOTE: THIS IS A MOTION TO INSTRUCT CONFEREES. IT IS A FORMAL ACTION BY ONE CHAMBER URGING ITS CONFEREES TO UPHOLD A PARTICULAR POSITION WHILE THE BILL IS IN CONFERENCE. A CONFERENCE COMMITTEE IS A TEMPORARY GROUP OF MEMBERS FROM BOTH HOUSES ASSIGNED THE RESPONSIBILITY OF RECONCILING DIFFERENCES IN LEGISLATION THAT HAS BEEN PASSED IN DIFFERENT FORM BY EACH CHAMBER.
April 24, 2012
NOTE: THIS VOTE PASSED BY UNANIMOUS CONSENT, MEANING NO MEMBER OBJECTED TO THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTE. THIS DOES NOT NECESSARILY INDICATE THAT ALL MEMBERS FAVORED THE VOTE'S OUTCOME.
NOTE: THIS BILL WAS AMENDED BY STRIKING THE ENTIRETY OF THE ORIGINAL TEXT OF THE BILL AND REPLACING IT WITH THE TEXT OF THE AMENDMENT. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE NEW BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY; IT MAY ADDRESS AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT SUBJECT.
April 18, 2012(Key vote)
Title: Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that extends highway programs and requires the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline project.
Requires the FERC to issue a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline no later than 30 days after the receipt of the permit application (Sec. 203).
Specifies that if the FERC has not acted on an application for a permit or modification to a permit within 30 days after receiving the application, the permit or modification is considered to have been issued (Sec. 203).
Authorizes the Keystone XL Pipeline project to proceed without any presidential permits (Sec. 204).
Extends the expiration date of current federal highway aid programs and highway traffic safety programs from June 30, 2012, to the following dates (Secs. 111 & 121-122):
Through September 30, 2012, for highway aid programs; and
Through the end of the 2012 fiscal year for highway traffic safety programs and motor carrier safety grants.
Increases appropriations for federal highway aid programs from $479 million to $639 million through September 30, 2012 (Sec. 111).
Extends the expiration date of federal use of the Highway Trust Fund from July 1, 2012, to October 1, 2012 (Sec. 142).
Authorizes each state to implement its own coal combustion residuals permit program for regulating the management and disposal of coal combustion residuals within that state, whereas existing law required the federal government to establish coal combustion residuals regulations (Sec. 501).