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    This page contains bill sponsorships in the Senate and House. Bill sponsorships indicate the topics that legislators are most interested in, and spend the most time on.

11-H1687 on May 3, 2011

Bill Sponsorship: Open Fuel Standard Act
Source: H1687/S1603
Congressional Summary: Requires each automobile manufacturer's annual covered inventory to comprise at least:
  1. 50% fuel choice-enabling vehicles in model years 2015-2017, and
  2. 80% fuel choice-enabling vehicles in model year 2018 and each subsequent model year.

Defines "fuel choice-enabling vehicle" to mean an automobile warranted by its manufacturer to be capable of operating on:

  1. an advanced alternative fuel blend, if certified for its use, or a mixture of at least 85% denatured ethanol and gasoline or drop-in fuel, if not yet certified; or
  2. natural gas, hydrogen, electricity, a hybrid electric engine, a mixture biodiesel and diesel fuel, or other fuel containing not more than 10% petroleum.

Opponent's Comments (Detroit News June 14 2011): The major automakers oppose a bill that would require nearly all vehicles to be capable of running on mostly biofuels. It would cost consumers more than a billion dollars annually. The bill effectively imposes a tax on consumers regardless of consumer demand and fuel availability.

    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 18. Question 18: Prioritize green energy Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Energy & Oil
  • Headline: Sponsored requiring 80% fuel-choice vehicles by 2018 (Score: 1)
  • Headline 2: Require 80% fuel-choice vehicles by 2018 (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 2.
  • Headline: Sponsored requiring 80% fuel-choice vehicles by 2018 (Answer: C)
  • Headline 2: Require 80% fuel-choice vehicles by 2018 (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 2 on Energy: When you think about America’s energy needs, which of the following solutions comes closest to your opinion?
    • A: Strong investment in renewable energy like wind and solar
    • B: More drilling than investment in renewables (mix of both solutions)
    • C: More investment in renewable than drilling (mix of both solutions)
    • D: Strong focus on offshore drilling and allowing drilling in federal lands including wildlife reserves
    • E: Unsure

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
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  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.

Democrats participating in 11-H1687

John Barrow s2oGeorgia Democrat 
Howard Berman s2oCalifornia Democrat 
Earl Blumenauer s2oOregon Democrat 
Leonard Boswell s2oIowa Democrat 
Bruce Braley s2oIA Democratic Challenger 
Maria Cantwell s1pWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Andre Carson s2oIndiana Democrat 
Eliot Engel s2oNew York Democrat/Liberal 
Steve Israel s2oNew York Democrat 
Hank Johnson s2oGeorgia Democrat 
David Loebsack s2oIowa Democrat 
Jim McDermott s2oWashington Democrat 
Collin Peterson s2oMinnesota Democrat/Farmer/Labor 
Allyson Schwartz s2oPennsylvania Democratic Governor Challenger 

Republicans participating in 11-H1687

Roscoe Bartlett s2oMaryland Republican 
Dan Burton s2oIndiana Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Cole s2oOklahoma Republican 
Bob Dold s2oIllinois Republican challenger 
Steve King s2oIowa Republican 
Richard Lugar s2oIN Republican Sr Senator 
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen s2oFlorida Republican 
Dennis Ross s2oFlorida Republican 
John Shimkus s1pIllinois Republican 
Cliff Stearns s2oFlorida Republican (Lost 2012 primary) 
Bob Turner s2oNew York Former Republican 
Allen West s2oFlorida Republican 

Independents participating in 11-H1687

Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 14
Republicans: 12
Independents: 0

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