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HR 4 - Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001 - Key Vote

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Mark Kirk voted Nay (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Bill Passed With Amendment (Senate) (88-11) - (Key vote)

Title: Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill to revise environmental and energy policies in the areas of conservation, research, production, and for other purposes.

Highlights:
  • $15 billion for tax incentives for fuel production and conservation.
  • Increases funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program to $3.4 billion.
  • Requires the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration to issue annual fuel economy (CAFE) standards within 18 months of bill's enactment that will lead to a light duty fleet average of 35 mpg. NOTE: CAFÉ standards only apply to cars.
  • Creates a comprehensive Indian energy program at the Department of Energy to assist tribes in meeting their energy needs and expand opportunities to develop energy resources on tribal lands.
  • Provides the framework and time line for establishment of the National Greenhouse Gas Database, which would gather information on greenhouse emissions and collect it in a registry.
Note:

NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (240-189) - (Key vote)

Title: Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill to revise environmental and energy policies in the areas of conservation, research, production, and for other purposes.

Highlights:
  • $33.5 billion for energy tax breaks granted over a ten year period to businesses, manufacturers, consumers, and the transportation, oil, gas, electric, and nuclear power industries.
  • $15 billion for research funding over 10 years, including $4.3 billion for fossil fuel research, $3.1 billion for conservation research, $2.5 billion for renewable energy research, and $719 million for nuclear research.
  • $3.4 billion on an annual basis from 2001 to 2004 for Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
  • Includes a compromise provision to allow limited oil drilling 2,000 acres of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Imposes standards on light trucks and SUVs with the goal of reducing fuel consumption by 5 billion gallons from 2004 to 2010.
  • Requires federal government to purchase alternative-fuel vehicles and to increase energy efficiency in federal buildings.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Securing America's Future Energy (SAFE) Act of 2001

Sponsors

  • William J. 'Billy' Tauzin (LA - ) (Out Of Office)

Co-sponsors

  • James V. Hansen (UT - ) (Out Of Office)
  • Michael G. Oxley (OH - R) (Out Of Office)
  • William M. 'Bill' Thomas (CA - R) (Out Of Office)
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