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Today’s Business Meeting
Committee Reports 17 More Bills
In a brief mark-up today, Senate Energy Committee reported 17 new bills, six of them dealing with energy and 11 with public lands.  Some of these bills were modified with amendments (attached), either today or two weeks ago.  Please refer to the Shortlist to track changes.  Because of a parliamentary hitch, two of the energy bills -- Supply Star and 10 Million Solar Roofs – were re-adopted today.  These bills are now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.  Bills acted on today:
S. 679         To establish a research, development, demonstration and commercial application program to promote research of appropriate technologies for heavy duty plug-in hybrid vehicles.
S. 1117       To authorize the Interior Secretary to provide assistance in implementing cultural heritage, conservation and recreational activities in the Connecticut River watershed in New Hampshire and Vermont, as previously amended.
S. 1320        To provide assistance to owners of manufactured homes constructed before Jan. 1, 1976, to purchase Energy Star-qualified manufactured homes, as previously amended.
S. 1596       To authorize the Interior Secretary to acquire the Gold Hill Ranch in Coloma, Calif., as previously amended.
S. 2900       To establish a research, development and technology demonstration program to improve the efficiency of gas turbines used in combined cycle and simple cycle power generation systems.
S. 3075       To withdraw certain Federal land in Montana, and interests in that land, from location, entry and patent under the mining laws and disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws, as previously amended.
S. 3396       To establish within the Department of Energy a Supply Star program to identify and promote practices, companies and products that use highly efficient supply chains in a manner that conserves energy, water and other resources, as previously amended.
S. 3460       To require the Energy Secretary to provide funds to states for rebates, loans and other incentives to eligible individuals or entities for the purchase and installation of solar energy systems for properties located in the United States, as previously amended.
H.R. 2442    To amend the Reclamation Wastewater and Groundwater Study and Facilities Act to expand the Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program in California, as previously amended.
H.R. 2522    To raise the ceiling on the Federal share of the cost of the Calleguas Municipal Water District Recycling Project in California.
H.R. 3388    To modify the boundary of Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia.
H.R. 4395    To revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania to include the Gettysburg train station.
S. 2798         To reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire through the facilitation of insect and disease infestation treatment of National Forest System and adjacent land, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 3404      To amend the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992 to require the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Bureau of Reclamation, to take actions to improve environmental conditions in the vicinity of the Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel in Colorado, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
S. 3452        To designate the Valles Caldera National Preserve in New Mexico as a unit of the National Park System, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
H.R. 2430    To direct the Interior Secretary to continue stocking fish in certain lakes in the North Cascades National Park, Ross Lake National Recreation Area and Lake Chelan National Recreation Area in Washington, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.
H.R. 5026    To amend the Federal Power Act to protect the bulk-power system and electric infrastructure critical to the defense of the United States against cybersecurity and other threats and vulnerabilities, with an amendment in the nature of a substitute.  
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