IndustryWeek (3/27) reported that in an overnight legislative session that stretched into Friday morning, “the Republican-led Senate approved a budget” containing “hundreds of amendments,” including “dozens that affect manufacturers and how they run their businesses.”
IndustryWeek said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse had sent a letter to the Senate regarding amendment votes on its budget resolution, and the association’s views on several of the amendments are presented in a slideshow on the magazine’s website: a Clean Power Plan opt-out (SA 396), offered by Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH); data and online security (SA 536 and SA 595), offered, respectively, by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dan Coats (R-IN); state regulation of “fracking” (SA 414), by Sens. Hatch, James Inhofe (R-OK), and James Lankford (R-OK); state rules on oil shale development (SA 745), by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT); carbon taxes (SA 350), by Sens. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and John Thune (R-SD); greenhouse-gas emissions (SA 653), by Coats; the Clean Power Plan and highway funding (SA 836), by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); open Internet (SA 1027), by Thune; export of liquefied natural gas (SA 448), by Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO); nuclear power (SA 690), by Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); and reliable electric grids (SA 416, SA 574, and SA 760), offered, respectively, by Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN).