S. 1956 - European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011

Transportation and public works. 112th Congress (2011-2012) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has become law. 
Amendments:
2 proposed amendments. 2 accepted. View amendments 
Senate Vote: On Passage

PASSED by voice vote on September 22, 2012.

European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011

S. 1956 — 112th Congress (2011–2012)

Summary
A bill to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme, and for other purposes.
Other Titles
  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
  • European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011
Sponsor
John Thune
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Transportation and public works
  • Air quality
  • Aviation and airports
  • Climate change and greenhouse gases
  • Europe
  • European Union
  • International law and treaties
  • International organizations and cooperation
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Major Actions
Introduced12/07/2011
Referred to Committee
Amendments (2 proposed)
Passed Senate9/22/2012
Passed House11/13/2012
Signed by President11/27/2012
Bill History
Chamber/CommitteeMotionDateResult
currently selectedSenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR 9/21/2012 S6612)9/22/2012PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 2859 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.9/22/2012PASSED by voice vote
select this voteSenateAmendment SA 2860 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.9/22/2012PASSED by voice vote
select this voteHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.11/13/2012PASSED by voice vote
ActionDateDescription
Introduced12/07/2011
12/07/2011Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Put on a legislative calendar7/31/2012Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
8/02/2012Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Rockefeller with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 112-195.
Put on a legislative calendar8/02/2012Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 484.
9/22/2012Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR 9/21/2012 S6611-6612; text of measure as reported in Senate: CR 9/21/2012 S6611)
9/22/2012The committee substitute as amended agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
currently selectedSenate Vote on Passage9/22/2012Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR 9/21/2012 S6612)
9/22/2012Amendment SA 2859 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Cardin. (consideration: CR 9/21/2012 S6611; text: CR 9/21/2012 S6611)
select this voteVote9/22/2012Amendment SA 2859 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
9/22/2012Amendment SA 2860 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Merkley. (consideration: CR 9/21/2012 S6611; text: CR 9/21/2012 S6611)
select this voteVote9/22/2012Amendment SA 2860 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
9/24/2012Message on Senate action sent to the House.
9/25/2012Received in the House.
9/25/2012Held at the desk.
11/13/2012Mr. Mica moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
11/13/2012Considered under suspension of the rules.
11/13/2012DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on S. 1956.
select this voteHouse Vote on Passage11/13/2012On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
11/13/2012Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Presented to President11/16/2012Presented to President.
Signed11/27/2012Signed by President.
Enacted11/27/2012Became Public Law No: 112-200.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus
select this voteS. Amdt. 2859Cardin, Benjamin [D-MD]September 22, 2012Passed by voice vote on September 21, 2012.

To prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars to pay taxes and penalties imposed on United States air carriers pursuant to the European Union emissions trading scheme.

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select this voteS. Amdt. 2860Merkley, Jeff [D-OR]September 22, 2012Passed by voice vote on September 21, 2012.

To provide for the reassessment by the Secretary of Transportation of a determination that it is in the public interest to prohibit operators of civil aircraft of the United States from participating in the European Union's emissions trading scheme.

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Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

4.5 times as much
$531,150
$556,835
$474,650
$1,373,075
$1,758,041
$344,950
$515,903
$176,576
$750
$226,303
$262,394
$8,960,737
$379,570
$100,150
$105,363
$15,766,447
$3,082,567
$449,450
$3,532,017
21 Organizations Supported and 10 Opposed; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR 9/21/2012 S6612)

21 organizations supported this bill

Aerospace Industries Association
Undersigned Organizations (n.d.). Dear Senator:. Retrieved August 13, 2012, from National Business Aviation Association.
Air Line Pilots Association, International
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Airlines for America
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Airports Council International-North America
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
American Society of Travel Agents
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Americans for Prosperity
Valvo, James (2012, February 10). Letter of Support: Thune Bill Keeping EU Carbon Tax Off the Backs of US Airlines. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from AfP.
Cargo Airline Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Consumer Travel Alliance
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
Global Business Travel Association
undersigned organizations (2012, July 30). Industry Letter to Secretaries Clinton and LaHood. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from NBAA.
Independent Pilots Association
undersigned organizations (2012, July 30). Industry Letter to Secretaries Clinton and LaHood. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from NBAA.
Interactive Travel Services Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
International Air Transport Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
National Air Carrier Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
National Air Transportation Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
National Business Aviation Association
States News Service (2012, September 24). NBAA Welcomes Passage Of Senate Bill Prohibiting Compliance With EU-ETS. Retrieved September 24, 2012, from AviationPros.com.
Regional Airline Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
undersigned organizations (2012, July 30). Industry Letter to Secretaries Clinton and LaHood. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from NBAA.
U.S. Travel Association
Undersigned Organizations (2012, July 31). Dear Chairman Rockefeller: . Retrieved September 24, 2012, from Airlines for America.

10 organizations opposed this bill

350.org
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Center for Biological Diversity
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Earthjustice
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Environment America
Kreindler, Tony & Andreassen, Jennifer (2011, May 11). Environmental Groups Highlight "Greenwashing" by American, United, Continental Airlines. Retrieved September 26, 2012, from Environmental Defense Fund.
Environmental Defense Fund
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Greenpeace
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Natural Resources Defense Council
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Oxfam America
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
Sierra Club
undersigned organizations (2012, January 23). Environmental Organizations Letter to Senators. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from US Climate Network.
World Wildlife Fund
WWF (2012). Stand Up Against Aviation Pollution. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from WWF.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office on day of vote, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2012.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$10,000$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$98,883$5,550Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$176,961$1,000Yes
John BarrassoRWY$69,100$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$126,650$60,700Yes
Mark BegichDAK$88,950$105,074Yes
Michael BennetDCO$66,650$175,111Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$250Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$34,550$72,106Yes
Roy BluntRMO$369,836$2,000Yes
John BoozmanRAR$131,095$200Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$89,350$263,242Yes
Scott BrownRMA$861,893$12,100Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$70,570$129,471Yes
Richard BurrRNC$114,509$15,550Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$75,758$112,363Yes
Ben CardinDMD$57,750$25,275Yes
Tom CarperDDE$25,020$13,400Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$84,850$27,504Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$627,498$2,250Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$116,400$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$148,193$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$25,700$2,300Yes
Susan CollinsRME$227,133$21,700Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$3,500$10,300Yes
Chris CoonsDDE$21,750$12,177Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$101,680$500Yes
John CornynRTX$498,072$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$21,575$1,300Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$469,570$8,950Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$177,975$35,035Yes
Mike EnziRWY$27,750$2,000Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$51,400$28,050Yes
Alan FrankenDMN$23,810$152,253Yes
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$161,526$113,634Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$74,388$1,500Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$92,950$10,400Yes
Kay HaganDNC$41,400$46,947Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$53,800$27,315Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$108,800$26,850Yes
Dean HellerRNV$214,787$6,000Yes
John HoevenRND$56,900$0Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$159,000$2,300Yes
Jim InhofeROK$229,925$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$99,850$3,700Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$156,105$5,400Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$113,096$1,500Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$245,256$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$46,000$14,300Yes
John KerryDMA$74,900$24,020Yes
Mark KirkRIL$485,825$26,710Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$107,400$13,400Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$-3,750$0Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$67,150$1,666Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$82,612$28,403Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$23,485$22,250Yes
Mike LeeRUT$65,296$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$32,300$25,595Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$1,000$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$41,200$15,024Yes
Joe ManchinDWV$100,000$25,950Yes
John McCainRAZ$280,173$500Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$130,019$29,550Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$688,858$16,400Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$71,500$35,950Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$57,550$94,195Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$52,600$17,600Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$191,283$500Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$86,700$11,250Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$221,799$92,007Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$31,000$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$171,550$71,932Yes
Rand PaulRKY$303,935$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$292,681$6,000Yes
Mark PryorDAR$98,250$3,000Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$29,750$7,210Yes
Harry ReidDNV$224,100$141,609Yes
Jim RischRID$251,809$1,000Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$270,449$500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$253,050$62,900Yes
Marco RubioRFL$876,421$6,000Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$13,050$49,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$124,100$69,250Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$115,120$2,000Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$53,100$94,042Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$31,100$4,700Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$90,500$31,750Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$57,500$38,225Yes
Jon TesterDMT$58,750$278,685Yes
John ThuneRSD$492,792$6,400Yes
Patrick ToomeyRPA$1,243,238$12,050Yes
Mark UdallDCO$76,850$296,412Yes
Tom UdallDNM$42,950$139,919Yes
David VitterRLA$365,350$26,600Yes
Mark WarnerDVA$72,463$22,133Yes
Jim WebbDVA$6,100$4,400Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$50,600$90,133Yes
Roger WickerRMS$206,525$3,300Yes
Ron WydenDOR$57,300$24,200Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$10,000$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$98,883$5,550Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$176,961$1,000Yes
John BarrassoRWY$69,100$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$126,650$60,700Yes
Mark BegichDAK$88,950$105,074Yes
Michael BennetDCO$66,650$175,111Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$250Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$34,550$72,106Yes
Roy BluntRMO$369,836$2,000Yes
John BoozmanRAR$131,095$200Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$89,350$263,242Yes
Scott BrownRMA$861,893$12,100Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$70,570$129,471Yes
Richard BurrRNC$114,509$15,550Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$75,758$112,363Yes
Ben CardinDMD$57,750$25,275Yes
Tom CarperDDE$25,020$13,400Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$84,850$27,504Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$627,498$2,250Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$116,400$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$148,193$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$25,700$2,300Yes
Susan CollinsRME$227,133$21,700Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$3,500$10,300Yes
Chris CoonsDDE$21,750$12,177Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$101,680$500Yes
John CornynRTX$498,072$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$21,575$1,300Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$469,570$8,950Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$177,975$35,035Yes
Mike EnziRWY$27,750$2,000Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$51,400$28,050Yes
Alan FrankenDMN$23,810$152,253Yes
Kirsten GillibrandDNY$161,526$113,634Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$74,388$1,500Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$92,950$10,400Yes
Kay HaganDNC$41,400$46,947Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$53,800$27,315Yes
Orrin HatchRUT$108,800$26,850Yes
Dean HellerRNV$214,787$6,000Yes
John HoevenRND$56,900$0Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$159,000$2,300Yes
Jim InhofeROK$229,925$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$99,850$3,700Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$156,105$5,400Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$113,096$1,500Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$245,256$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$46,000$14,300Yes
John KerryDMA$74,900$24,020Yes
Mark KirkRIL$485,825$26,710Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$107,400$13,400Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$-3,750$0Yes
Mary LandrieuDLA$67,150$1,666Yes
Frank LautenbergDNJ$82,612$28,403Yes
Patrick LeahyDVT$23,485$22,250Yes
Mike LeeRUT$65,296$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$32,300$25,595Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$1,000$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$41,200$15,024Yes
Joe ManchinDWV$100,000$25,950Yes
John McCainRAZ$280,173$500Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$130,019$29,550Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$688,858$16,400Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$71,500$35,950Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$57,550$94,195Yes
Barbara MikulskiDMD$52,600$17,600Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$191,283$500Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$86,700$11,250Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$221,799$92,007Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$31,000$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$171,550$71,932Yes
Rand PaulRKY$303,935$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$292,681$6,000Yes
Mark PryorDAR$98,250$3,000Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$29,750$7,210Yes
Harry ReidDNV$224,100$141,609Yes
Jim RischRID$251,809$1,000Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$270,449$500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$253,050$62,900Yes
Marco RubioRFL$876,421$6,000Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$13,050$49,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$124,100$69,250Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$115,120$2,000Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$53,100$94,042Yes
Richard ShelbyRAL$31,100$4,700Yes
Olympia SnoweRME$90,500$31,750Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$57,500$38,225Yes
Jon TesterDMT$58,750$278,685Yes
John ThuneRSD$492,792$6,400Yes
Patrick ToomeyRPA$1,243,238$12,050Yes
Mark UdallDCO$76,850$296,412Yes
Tom UdallDNM$42,950$139,919Yes
David VitterRLA$365,350$26,600Yes
Mark WarnerDVA$72,463$22,133Yes
Jim WebbDVA$6,100$4,400Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$50,600$90,133Yes
Roger WickerRMS$206,525$3,300Yes
Ron WydenDOR$57,300$24,200Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$8,960,737
Airlines$1,758,041
Air transport unions$1,373,075
General business associations$556,835
Aircraft manufacturers$531,150
Travel agents$515,903
General aviation (private pilots)$474,650
Teamsters union$379,570
Aviation services & airports$344,950
Chambers of commerce$262,394
Transportation$226,303
Air transport$176,576
Pro-business associations$105,363
Air freight$100,150
Consumer groups$750

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Environmental policy$3,082,567
Health & welfare policy$449,450
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