H.R. 5057, EPS Service Parts Act of 2014

H.R. 5057

EPS Service Parts Act of 2014

Date
September 10, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5057, the EPS Service Parts Act of 2014, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5057 was introduced on July 10, 2014 by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and was referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.  The bill was marked up on July 14 and 15, 2014, and was ordered reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5057 updates federal law to exempt from Department of Energy (DOE) energy conservation standards certain external power supply service parts and spare parts.  The bill allows DOE to institute reporting requirements to ensure manufacturers do not abuse the exception.

Background

[DOE] prescribes energy conservation standards for more than 50 categories of appliances and equipment.”[1]  In congressional testimony regarding H.R. 5057, bill sponsor Rep. Gardner explained that this legislation makes a technical correction to existing law “to allow external power supply manufacturers to continue to sell service parts compatible with older technology.  By making repairs to older everyday devices such as computers, tablets, and printers easier and less costly, both U.S. consumers and manufacturers will benefit.”[2]

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[1] Congressional Budget Office: H.R. 5057, EPS Service Parts Act of 2014 (July 23, 2014).
[2] House Energy and Commerce Committee, Committee Advances Seven Bipartisan Bills (July 15, 2014).

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5057 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.