• On July 16, Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) introduced S. 1306, the No Child Left Inside Act of 2013. Cosponsored by four Democratic senators, the bill would create federal grants to improve environmental education in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade curricula. A House version, H.R. 2702, was introduced by Representatives John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and 16 other members.
  • The same day, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) introduced S. 1308, the Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013. The bill would encourage performance contracting in federal facilities. Representatives Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Peter Welch (D-VT), along with 24 cosponsors, introduced the House version, H.R. 2689.
  • On July 17, Representatives Nita Lowey (D-NY) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced H.R. 2712, the Nuclear Power Licensing Reform Act of 2013. The bill would require commercial nuclear facilities to ensure that unreasonable threats to persons and the environment are not present during the licensing and renewable processes.
  • The same day, Representatives Mike Michaud (D-ME) and Peter Welch (D-VT) introduced H.R. 2715, the Biomass Thermal Utilization Act of 2013. The bill would expand both the residential and commercial renewable energy investment tax credits to biomass fuel.
  • On July 18, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) and five cosponsors introduced S. 1319, the Gas Accessibility and Stabilization (GAS) Act. The bill would require the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy to conduct a Fuel Harmonization Study. The bill would also broaden the timeframe when the agency can grant waivers to use any type of fuel; the legislation also automatically approves a waiver if the agency does not act within three days.
  • The same day, Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) introduced S. 1324, the National Energy Tax Repeal Act, with 7 cosponsors. The legislation would prohibit the President from issuing new carbon pollution standards for existing coal-fired power plants through a Presidential Memorandum.
  • The same day, Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) and four cosponsors introduced H.R. 2728, Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act. The bill recognizes states’ authority to regulate oil and gas operations.
  • On July 19, Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2762, a bill to create a regional transmission planning process.