Environment & resources

Environmental and conservation groups endorse 72 Online rule

The following organizations have endorsed the following statement:
“We support the 72 Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”

Note: Endorsers of the 72 Online concept do not necessarily support or oppose any legislation, nor agree with the views of ReadtheBill.org or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

Selected endorsing organizations include:

Alaska Wilderness League
Friends of the Earth
Natural Resources Defense Council

National, regional and local organizations and businesses are invited to endorse the 72 Online rule.
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H.R. 5254 — Refinery Permit Process Schedule Act

Summary:
NO PROCEDURAL OBJECTION. This bill has been available online for weeks and does not violate the 72 Online rule as it did when first considered and defeated in mid-May.

H.R. 5429 — The American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act

Summary:
MYSTERY BILL. ReadtheBill.org assumes H.R. 5429 became available online on Tues., May 23 at 5 p.m., and the House began consideration on Thu., May 25. This bill violated the 72 Online rule.

H.R. 5384 — Agriculture Appropriations for FY2007

Summary:
NO OBJECTION. ReadtheBill.org has no procedural objection to this $76 billion bill, which has 243 pages but has been available online for days. This bill passed the house on Tuesday, May 23.

Good news: House rejects refinery bill

By Rafael DeGennaro, May 8, 2006 – 5:00am.

On May 3, 2006, the House failed to muster the required 2/3 majority (it failed on a vote of 237-188) to pass H.R. 5254, the refinery bill. A 2/3 majority was required because the bill was considered under “suspension of the rules” — a special procedure intended to be used for non-controversial bills. As noted in a recent post, the bill was not available until the day it was considered and was never reported by any commitee.

House should reject refinery bill

By Rafael DeGennaro, May 3, 2006 – 12:05am.

Right now is a great example of what’s wrong with Congress. It’s 12:10 am EDT on Wednesday, May 3. The Congress Daily email for May 3 (sent 17 minutes ago) reports that Congress will consider today a bill to “speed up the permitting and approval process for petroleum refineries”. Congress feels under pressure to do something quick and dirty about gas prices.

Congress Daily says the bill was introduced Tuesday, May 2. I just searched the Library of Congress Thomas system (thomas.loc.gov) for bills introduced by Reps. Joe Barton (R-TX) and Charles Bass (R-NH). No refinery bill is listed. The bill is not on the website of the House Rules Committee as of 12:47 am.

That means that the general public and independent experts cannot know what is in the bill. I assume the standard committee report does not exist at all. Even if a few members of Congress and independent experts could have obtained copies of the bill from the Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday, there is not enough time to understand it properly before is scheduled consideration today.

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Alaska Wilderness League endorses 72 Online rule

The Alaska Wilderness League endorsed the following statement in March 2006:

“We support the 72 Online rule to require generally that legislation and conference reports be posted on the Internet for 72 hours before floor consideration in Congress.”

Note: Endorsers of the 72 Online concept do not necessarily support or oppose any legislation, nor agree with the views of ReadtheBill.org or other endorsers on specific legislation or other matters.

What they say

“Legislation to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seems to pop up anywhere, anytime. The legislative process has become a sneak attack instead of a democratic debate. The 72 Online rule would give a fair chance to wilderness in Alaska and order in Congress.”

–Cindy Shogan, Executive Director, Alaska Wilderness League