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H.R. 587 (115th): Fair RATES Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 587 amends the Federal Power Act to enable parties adversely affected by the inaction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to have the right to a rehearing. Specifically, H.R. 587 clarifies that if the FERC does not act within 60 days on a utility’s notice of a rate increase, including instances of a deadlocked Commission, then such lack of action would be treated as if FERC had issued an order accepting the change, thereby allowing any affected party to apply for rehearing.

Sponsor and status

Joseph Kennedy III

Sponsor. Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 2 pages
Jan 17, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on January 23, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


15 Cosponsors (11 Democrats, 4 Republicans)

See Instead

S. 186 (same title)
Passed Senate (House next) — Sep 4, 2018



Jan 17, 2017

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Jan 23, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 587 (115th) 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. 587. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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