Environmental protection

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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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.