What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Coal Industry : H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Coal Producers From Seizing Unlimited Amounts of Federal Land.
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H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Prevent Coal Producers From Seizing Unlimited Amounts of Federal Land.
house Roll Call 143     Apr 11, 2003
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N = Progressive
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One-third of the nation's coal is owned by the federal government because it is on public lands (mostly in the Western States). Coal is made available to coal-producing companies under a competitive leasing program; taxpayers receive a return from the leases because companies are obligated to pay a percentage of the lease amount and royalties from coal production to the U.S. Treasury. A provision in the energy bill, however, would repeal a 160-acre limit on coal leases and thereby allow coal producers with federal leases to seize unlimited additional Federal coal lands without competitive bidding and be exempted from paying production royalties. During debate on the energy plan, Congressman Rahall (DWV) proposed an amendment to reinstate the 160-acre limit on coal leases. Progressives favored the Rahall amendment as a way to prevent private companies from purchasing public lands without adequately compensating the U.S. taxpayer. Rahall's amendment was narrowly defeated on a 208-212 vote.

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