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
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 voteSenatePassed Senate with an amendment 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.
9/22/2012The committee substitute as amended agreed to by Unanimous Consent.
select this voteVote9/22/2012Amendment SA 2859 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
select this voteVote9/22/2012Amendment SA 2860 agreed to in Senate by Unanimous Consent.
9/22/2012Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent.
select this voteSenate Vote on Passage9/22/2012Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
9/22/2012Amendment SA 2859 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Cardin.
9/22/2012Amendment SA 2860 proposed by Senator Reid for Senator Merkley.
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…

3.8 times as much
$509,200
$412,685
$483,750
$1,376,075
$1,783,717
$360,285
$553,105
$174,001
$5,150
$249,603
$274,854
$6,864,752
$391,520
$119,600
$115,413
$13,673,710
$3,200,326
$352,909
$3,553,235
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$12,000$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$45,000$2,000Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$127,366$1,000Yes
John BarrassoRWY$60,350$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$128,150$44,850Yes
Mark BegichDAK$92,400$94,161Yes
Michael F. BennetDCO$67,150$185,111Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$250Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$34,550$57,656Yes
Roy BluntRMO$265,317$500Yes
John BoozmanRAR$87,595$3,000Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$100,150$274,622Yes
Scott P. BrownRMA$731,708$7,300Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$72,070$129,371Yes
Richard BurrRNC$100,534$15,550Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$82,143$113,113Yes
Ben CardinDMD$57,750$20,275Yes
Tom CarperDDE$25,020$9,400Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$80,950$28,254Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$444,298$250Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$65,850$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$113,343$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$18,050$2,300Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$133,400$20,100Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$3,500$5,300Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$22,250$18,377Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$89,180$500Yes
John CornynRTX$229,190$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$20,200$2,300Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$378,620$8,950Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$179,725$34,210Yes
Mike EnziRWY$23,500$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$51,400$28,050Yes
Al FrankenDMN$26,810$152,748Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$163,176$115,384Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$53,446$3,800Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$73,550$5,800Yes
Kay R. HaganDNC$51,200$65,826Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$53,800$25,815Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$106,250$21,850Yes
Dean HellerRNV$204,837$6,000Yes
John HoevenRND$45,600$1,000Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$111,200$2,300Yes
Jim InhofeROK$136,775$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$103,050$3,900Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$145,230$7,100Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$58,946$500Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$172,810$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$46,000$11,550Yes
John F. KerryDMA$55,300$5,620Yes
Mark KirkRIL$363,600$21,310Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$108,800$13,400Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$10,000$0Yes
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$67,400$7,266Yes
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$86,212$32,403Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$23,735$24,000Yes
Mike LeeRUT$41,970$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$45,050$24,645Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$1,000$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$44,250$15,024Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$100,000$39,900Yes
John McCainRAZ$228,043$500Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$127,719$26,050Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$430,683$4,800Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$71,500$34,250Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$58,800$101,869Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$59,500$12,800Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$167,383$500Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$81,250$15,850Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$231,749$104,457Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$33,000$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$170,050$72,682Yes
Rand PaulRKY$278,740$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$198,298$14,200Yes
Mark L. PryorDAR$97,250$3,500Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$29,750$8,610Yes
Harry ReidDNV$221,850$160,389Yes
Jim RischRID$202,706$3,550Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$200,149$500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$260,350$45,800Yes
Marco RubioRFL$1,012,788$6,000Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$12,550$49,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$129,500$63,850Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$77,220$2,000Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$58,600$102,054Yes
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$27,450$4,700Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$89,000$31,250Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$57,500$36,725Yes
Jon TesterDMT$67,752$277,085Yes
John ThuneRSD$361,543$7,400Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,427,982$31,550Yes
Mark UdallDCO$76,850$303,942Yes
Tom UdallDNM$43,950$145,475Yes
David VitterRLA$305,201$30,100Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$81,173$18,883Yes
Jim WebbDVA$6,100$4,400Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$49,600$87,983Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$135,325$4,300Yes
Ron WydenDOR$62,150$22,200Yes

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NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Supported
$ From Interest Groups
That Opposed
Vote
Daniel K. AkakaDHI$12,000$0Yes
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$45,000$2,000Yes
Kelly AyotteRNH$127,366$1,000Yes
John BarrassoRWY$60,350$0Yes
Max BaucusDMT$128,150$44,850Yes
Mark BegichDAK$92,400$94,161Yes
Michael F. BennetDCO$67,150$185,111Yes
Jesse "Jeff" BingamanDNM$0$250Yes
Richard BlumenthalDCT$34,550$57,656Yes
Roy BluntRMO$265,317$500Yes
John BoozmanRAR$87,595$3,000Yes
Barbara BoxerDCA$100,150$274,622Yes
Scott P. BrownRMA$731,708$7,300Yes
Sherrod BrownDOH$72,070$129,371Yes
Richard BurrRNC$100,534$15,550Yes
Maria CantwellDWA$82,143$113,113Yes
Ben CardinDMD$57,750$20,275Yes
Tom CarperDDE$25,020$9,400Yes
Bob CaseyDPA$80,950$28,254Yes
Clarence Saxby ChamblissRGA$444,298$250Yes
Daniel CoatsRIN$65,850$0Yes
Tom CoburnROK$113,343$0Yes
William Thad CochranRMS$18,050$2,300Yes
Susan M. CollinsRME$133,400$20,100Yes
Gaylord Kent ConradDND$3,500$5,300Yes
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$22,250$18,377Yes
Bob CorkerRTN$89,180$500Yes
John CornynRTX$229,190$0Yes
Mike CrapoRID$20,200$2,300Yes
Jim DeMintRSC$378,620$8,950Yes
Dick DurbinDIL$179,725$34,210Yes
Mike EnziRWY$23,500$0Yes
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$51,400$28,050Yes
Al FrankenDMN$26,810$152,748Yes
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$163,176$115,384Yes
Lindsey GrahamRSC$53,446$3,800Yes
Chuck GrassleyRIA$73,550$5,800Yes
Kay R. HaganDNC$51,200$65,826Yes
Tom HarkinDIA$53,800$25,815Yes
Orrin G. HatchRUT$106,250$21,850Yes
Dean HellerRNV$204,837$6,000Yes
John HoevenRND$45,600$1,000Yes
Kay Bailey HutchisonRTX$111,200$2,300Yes
Jim InhofeROK$136,775$0Yes
Dan InouyeDHI$103,050$3,900Yes
Johnny IsaksonRGA$145,230$7,100Yes
Mike JohannsRNE$58,946$500Yes
Ron JohnsonRWI$172,810$0Yes
Tim JohnsonDSD$46,000$11,550Yes
John F. KerryDMA$55,300$5,620Yes
Mark KirkRIL$363,600$21,310Yes
Amy KlobucharDMN$108,800$13,400Yes
Herb KohlDWI$0$0Yes
Jon KylRAZ$10,000$0Yes
Mary L. LandrieuDLA$67,400$7,266Yes
Frank R. LautenbergDNJ$86,212$32,403Yes
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$23,735$24,000Yes
Mike LeeRUT$41,970$0Yes
Carl LevinDMI$45,050$24,645Yes
Joe LiebermanICT$1,000$0Yes
Dick LugarRIN$44,250$15,024Yes
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$100,000$39,900Yes
John McCainRAZ$228,043$500Yes
Claire McCaskillDMO$127,719$26,050Yes
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$430,683$4,800Yes
Bob MenéndezDNJ$71,500$34,250Yes
Jeff MerkleyDOR$58,800$101,869Yes
Barbara A. MikulskiDMD$59,500$12,800Yes
Jerry MoranRKS$167,383$500Yes
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$81,250$15,850Yes
Patty MurrayDWA$231,749$104,457Yes
Earl "Ben" NelsonDNE$33,000$0Yes
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$170,050$72,682Yes
Rand PaulRKY$278,740$0Yes
Rob PortmanROH$198,298$14,200Yes
Mark L. PryorDAR$97,250$3,500Yes
John "Jack" ReedDRI$29,750$8,610Yes
Harry ReidDNV$221,850$160,389Yes
Jim RischRID$202,706$3,550Yes
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$200,149$500Yes
John "Jay" RockefellerDWV$260,350$45,800Yes
Marco RubioRFL$1,012,788$6,000Yes
Bernie SandersIVT$12,550$49,140Yes
Chuck SchumerDNY$129,500$63,850Yes
Jeff SessionsRAL$77,220$2,000Yes
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$58,600$102,054Yes
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$27,450$4,700Yes
Olympia J. SnoweRME$89,000$31,250Yes
Debbie StabenowDMI$57,500$36,725Yes
Jon TesterDMT$67,752$277,085Yes
John ThuneRSD$361,543$7,400Yes
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$1,427,982$31,550Yes
Mark UdallDCO$76,850$303,942Yes
Tom UdallDNM$43,950$145,475Yes
David VitterRLA$305,201$30,100Yes
Mark R. WarnerDVA$81,173$18,883Yes
Jim WebbDVA$6,100$4,400Yes
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$49,600$87,983Yes
Roger F. WickerRMS$135,325$4,300Yes
Ron WydenDOR$62,150$22,200Yes

Interest Groups that supported this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$6,864,752
Airlines$1,783,717
Air transport unions$1,376,075
Travel agents$553,105
Aircraft manufacturers$509,200
General aviation (private pilots)$483,750
General business associations$412,685
Teamsters union$391,520
Aviation services & airports$360,285
Chambers of commerce$274,854
Transportation$249,603
Air transport$174,001
Air freight$119,600
Pro-business associations$115,413
Consumer groups$5,150

Interest Groups that opposed this bill

$ Donated
Environmental policy$3,200,326
Health & welfare policy$352,909
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