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H.R. 2042 (114th): Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015

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About the bill

The Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 would reduce the power of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over power plants and states. It would extend the compliance date of any EPA final rule on carbon emissions from electricity generating units. It would also empower states to refuse to implement carbon dioxide reducing plans from the EPA. The House Committee on Energy and Commerce issued a report on the bill on June 22. Two days later the bill was passed in the House with a vote of 247–180. Only eight Democrats voted for the bill and four Republicans voted against.

Sponsor and status

Ed Whitfield

Sponsor. Representative for Kentucky's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 14, 2016
Length: 8 pages
Apr 28, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 24, 2015 but was never passed by the Senate.


67 Cosponsors (63 Republicans, 4 Democrats)


Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Barack Obama [D, 2009-2017]: Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (Jun 23, 2015)

What legislators are saying

Guthrie Reacts to Administration's Clean Power Plan
    — Rep. Brett Guthrie [R-KY2] (Co-sponsor) on Aug 3, 2015

Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 2.15.16
    — Rep. Morgan Griffith [R-VA9] (Co-sponsor) on Feb 15, 2016

In Case You Missed It Rep. Gosar and 204 Members of Congress Back Court Challenge of EPAs Clean Power Plan
    — Rep. Paul Gosar [R-AZ4] on Feb 23, 2016

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Apr 28, 2015

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Apr 29, 2015
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jun 19, 2015
Reported by House Committee on Energy and Commerce

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Jun 24, 2015
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 2042 (114th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2042. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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