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Sep 14, 2010


Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for

H.R. 4785 - Rural Energy Savings Program Act

(summaries derived from information provided by sponsors)

Listed in Alphabetical Order

Sep 15, 2010 1:06PM


Barton (TX)


Would strike section 1 of the substitute, eliminating the Home Star Energy Efficiency Loan Program and making technical and conforming changes. Also would require that all items on the master list of residential energy efficiency measures be recommended by the Secretary of Agriculture.


Cleaver (MO)


Would amend Section 415(c)(2) of the Energy Conservation and Production Act on Weatherization for Low-Income Persons to allow a Governor to approve previously weatherized dwelling units to be eligible for further financial assistance if they have not been weatherized in the last eight years.


Cuellar (TX)


Would direct the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance and technical advice to the qualified entities providing loans under this bill to increase the participation of economically distressed rural communities with unemployment rates above the national average.


Halvorson (IL)


Withdrawn Would prohibit any additions to direct spending in regards to provisions within this Act.


Halvorson (IL)


Withdrawn Would not allow an entity with an ongoing capital repayment obligation to the Treasury due to the Troubled Assets Relief Program to participate in the programs within this Act.


Holden (PA)


Revised Would clarify that loan funds under the bill may not be used to purchase manufactured homes, makes technical corrections to a Comptroller General report, prohibits provision of funds to certain contractors and makes ineligible for loans certain Federal Employees. Also requires the Secretaries of Energy and Agriculture to take steps to prevent misuse of funds.


Inglis (SC)


Would add the language of H.R. 5766 to the bill, which requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to adopt underwriting standards consistent with the DOE's "PACE" financing program, a clean energy and energy efficiency improvement program for residential homes.


Inslee (WA)


Would require the Department of Energy, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, to consider passive house retrofits when identifying qualified energy efficiency measures.


Marshall (GA)


Would require individuals receiving assistance under the Home Star Energy Efficiency Loans and the Rural Star Energy Program to make less than three times the poverty level.


McCarthy, Carolyn (NY)


Would require that lenders providing loans under this Act give priority to active duty members of the Armed Forces and to veterans.


Pingree (ME)


Withdrawn Would ensure that funds provided under this bill would supplement and not supplant other energy efficiency funding.


Wilson, Joe (SC)


Would make permanent the tax cuts in the Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001 and the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003.