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S 517. National Energy Plan/Vote to Table (Kill) an Amendment Designed to Restore Consumer Protections in Bill.
senate Roll Call 80     Apr 24, 2002
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
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Conservative

Cantwell (D-WA) proposed an amendment to restore some consumer protection regulations to the Democratic energy plan making its way through the Senate. The bill as it stood repealed the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), which had placed a number of restrictions on the activities of the energy market. Cantwell's amendment would have required the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to verify that utility mergers "advanced the public interest" (a key PUHCA provision that had been lost) and would have required a more aggressive role for FERC in monitoring the electricity market more generally. Progressives supported the amendment on the argument that the problems of Enron suggested consumer protections needed to be strengthened, not weakened. The vote at hand was a motion to table (kill) this amendment, so a vote in favor was a vote against Cantwell's proposal. The motion to table passed, 58-39.

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