H.R. 3246: Amendments to H.R. 3246--Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009

H.R. 3246

Amendments to H.R. 3246--Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009

Sponsor
Rep. Gary C. Peters

Date
September 17, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 3246 is being considered on the floor under a structured rule on Wednesday, September 16, 2009.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. Gary Peters (D-MI) on July 17, 2009, and referred to the Committee on Science and Technology. The Committee marked-up the bill and passed it, as amended, by a voice vote July 29, 2009.  The rule makes in order the following 12 amendments. 

For more information on the underlying bill, please see the Legislative Digest for September 16, 2009.

Amendments

1) Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN):  The amendment would require the Secretary of Energy to report to Congress after 18 months, and annually thereafter through 2015, on the technologies developed, the success of the adopted technologies for commercial applications, and whether those technologies are manufactured in the United States.  The amendment also amends certain reporting requirements to clarify that the Secretary must submit the report to Congress annually; and it expands the non-road systems program from heavy duty non-road equipment to mobile non-road equipment.

2) Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA):  The amendment freezes authorization amounts at FY 2010 levels through FY 2013 and cut funding in FY 2014.

3) Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA):  The amendment would require that at the end of each fiscal year the Secretary must submit to the relevant Congressional committees an annual report describing activities undertaken in the previous year, active industry participants, efforts to recruit new participants, progress of the program in meeting goals and timelines, and a strategic plan for funding of activities across agencies.

4) Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO):  The amendment would include retrofitting advanced vehicle technologies to existing vehicles as an area of research under the bill.

5) Rep. Bill Posey (R-FL)/Rep. Suzanne Kosmas (D-FL):  The amendment would create a new grant program, the Innovative Automotive Demonstration Program, within the Vehicle Technologies Program, to make competitively awarded grants for the purpose of demonstrating and bringing to market very high efficiency vehicles achieving at least 70 miles per gallon.

6) Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI):  The amendment would require industry participation in the vehicle research and development program to include manufacturers of all qualified plug-in electric vehicles.

7) Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ):  The amendment would include agricultural and construction equipment in the non-road systems pilot program. 

8) Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA):  The amendment would require that research into refueling and recharging infrastructure for alternative and hybrid fuel vehicles include the "unique challenges facing rural areas."

9) Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN):  The amendment adds multiple battery chemistries and novel energy storage devices, including nonchemical batteries and electromechanical storage technologies such as hydraulics, flywheels, and compressed air storage to the list of eligible technologies for the proposed program. 

10) Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-IN)/Rep. Mark Sounder (R-IN)/Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR):  The amendment would include recreational vehicles as eligible under the Medium and Heavy Duty Commercial and Transit Vehicles research and development program.

11) Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA):  The amendment would require the Secretary of Energy to research and develop methods of reducing waste and emissions from advanced battery technology and methods to increase advanced battery calendar and cycle life.

12) Rep. Eric Massa (D-NY):  The amendment would authorize support for public-private partnerships and industry programs that seek to overcome barriers to commercial production and application of transformational vehicle technologies that utilize such industry-led facilities.