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H.R. 4091: ARPA-E Reauthorization Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 18, 2020 (Reported by House Committee).


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Union Calendar No. 346

116th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4091

[Report No. 116–432]

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 30, 2019

(for herself and Mr. Lamb) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

June 18, 2020

Additional sponsors: Mr. Mast, Mr. Beyer, Mr. Tonko, Mr. Foster, Mr. Swalwell of California, Mrs. Watson Coleman, Ms. Jackson Lee, Ms. Hill of California, Mr. Lipinski, Mr. Deutch, Mr. Connolly, Mr. Cohen, Mr. Schiff, Mr. Casten of Illinois, Mr. McNerney, Mr. Rouda, Mrs. Fletcher, Ms. Bonamici, Mrs. Luria, Mr. Case, Ms. Stevens, Mr. Riggleman, Ms. Kendra S. Horn of Oklahoma, Mr. Perlmutter, Mr. Pappas, Mr. Fortenberry, Ms. Slotkin, Mr. Katko, Ms. Brownley of California, Mr. Lynch, Mr. Crow, Mr. Allred, Mr. Lucas, Mr. Graves of Louisiana, Mr. Crenshaw, Mr. Bacon, Ms. Sherrill, Mr. Neguse, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Luján, Mr. Huffman, Mr. Baird, Mr. Marshall, Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Peters, Mr. Himes, Mr. Welch, Mr. Moulton, Mr. Hurd of Texas, Ms. Stefanik, Ms. Houlahan, Mr. Gonzalez of Ohio, Mrs. Axne, Mr. Keating, Ms. Wild, Ms. Eshoo, Ms. Porter, Ms. Spanberger, Mr. Michael F. Doyle of Pennsylvania, Mr. Scott of Virginia, Mr. DeSaulnier, Miss González-Colón of Puerto Rico, Ms. Castor of Florida, Mr. Rooney of Florida, Mr. Waltz, Ms. Herrera Beutler, Mr. Balderson, Mr. Woodall, Mr. Fleischmann, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, and Mr. Gallagher


June 18, 2020

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic

For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on July 30, 2019

A BILL

To amend the America COMPETES Act to reauthorize the ARPA–E program, and for other purposes.


1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019.

2.

ARPA–E amendments

(a)

Establishment

Section 5012(b) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(b)) is amended by striking development of energy technologies and inserting development of transformative science and technology solutions to address the energy and environmental missions of the Department.

(b)

Goals

Section 5012(c) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(c)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (1)(A) and inserting the following:

(A)

to enhance the economic and energy security of the United States through the development of energy technologies that—

(i)

reduce imports of energy from foreign sources;

(ii)

reduce energy-related emissions, including greenhouse gases;

(iii)

improve the energy efficiency of all economic sectors;

(iv)

provide transformative solutions to improve the management, clean-up, and disposal of radioactive waste and spent nuclear fuel; and

(v)

improve the resilience, reliability, and security of infrastructure to produce, deliver, and store energy; and

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2), in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking energy technology projects and inserting advanced technology projects.

(c)

Responsibilities

Section 5012(e)(3)(A) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(e)(3)(A)) is amended by striking energy.

(d)

Reports and roadmaps

Section 5012(h) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(h)) is amended to read as follows:

(h)

Reports and roadmaps

(1)

Annual report

As part of the annual budget request submitted for each fiscal year, the Director shall provide to the relevant authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress a report that—

(A)

describes projects supported by ARPA–E during the previous fiscal year;

(B)

describes projects supported by ARPA–E during the previous fiscal year that examine topics and technologies closely related to other activities funded by the Department, and includes an analysis of whether in supporting such projects, the Director is in compliance with subsection (i)(1)(A); and

(C)

describes current, proposed, and planned projects to be carried out pursuant to subsection (e)(3)(D).

(2)

Strategic vision roadmap

Not later than October 1, 2021, and every four years thereafter, the Director shall provide to the relevant authorizing and appropriations committees of Congress a roadmap describing the strategic vision that ARPA–E will use to guide the choices of ARPA–E for future technology investments over the following 4 fiscal years.

.

(e)

Coordination and nonduplication

Section 5012(i)(1) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(i)(1)) is amended to read as follows:

(1)

In general

To the maximum extent practicable, the Director shall ensure that—

(A)

the activities of ARPA–E are coordinated with, and do not duplicate the efforts of, programs and laboratories within the Department and other relevant research agencies; and

(B)

ARPA–E does not provide funding for a project unless the prospective grantee demonstrates sufficient attempts to secure private financing or indicates that the project is not independently commercially viable.

.

(f)

Evaluation

Section 5012(l) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(l)) is amended—

(1)

by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of the ARPA–E Reauthorization Act of 2019, the Secretary is authorized to enter into a contract with the National Academy of Sciences under which the National Academy shall conduct an evaluation of how well ARPA–E is achieving the goals and mission of ARPA–E.

; and

(2)

in paragraph (2)—

(A)

in the matter preceding subparagraph (A), by striking shall and inserting may; and

(B)

in subparagraph (A), by striking the recommendation of the National Academy of Sciences and inserting a recommendation.

(g)

Authorization of appropriations

Paragraph (2) of section 5012(o) of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538(o)) is amended to read as follows:

(2)

Authorization of appropriations

Subject to paragraph (4), there are authorized to be appropriated to the Director for deposit in the Fund, without fiscal year limitation—

(A)

$428,000,000 for fiscal year 2020;

(B)

$497,000,000 for fiscal year 2021;

(C)

$567,000,000 for fiscal year 2022;

(D)

$651,000,000 for fiscal year 2023; and

(E)

$750,000,000 for fiscal year 2024.

.

(h)

Technical amendments

Section 5012 of the America COMPETES Act (42 U.S.C. 16538) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (g)(3)(A)(iii), by striking subpart each place it appears and inserting subparagraph; and

(2)

in subsection (o)(4)(B), by striking (c)(2)(D) and inserting (c)(2)(C).

June 18, 2020

Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed