What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Utility Industry : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Replace Electricity Provisions in Energy Bill.
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Replace Electricity Provisions in Energy Bill.
house Roll Call 123     Apr 20, 2005
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N = Progressive
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In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by John Dingell (D-MI) to H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005, that would have made several changes to the electricity provisions of the bill. These changes were designed to prevent and punish fraudulent behavior by electricity companies and to protect consumers. Most of them involved broadening the authority of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and reversing the bill's repeal of the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), which Dingell argued in the Republican-drafted bill would "leav[e] consumers and investors even more vulnerable to deception by Enron-type players who concoct "special purpose entities'" to move money around while hiding behind complex, opaque corporate structures." Republicans countered that Dingell's amendment would have gutted the bill, "creat[ing] market uncertainty, . . . impos[ing] excessive penalties, and . . . institute[ing] almost continuous investigation of all utilities with market-based rates, not only burdening utilities, but also burdening FERC and stretching its resources." Progressives lost in this vote when the House defeated this amendment 188 to 243, with 19 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans. Thus, efforts to enhance the provisions in H.R. 6 that focused on anti-fraud activities by utility companies were left out of the bill.

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