Brian E. Schatz (Democratic Party)
Hawaii US Senate


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114th Congress AF&PA Voting Record - Senate
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
H.R. 1314, the Trade Act of 2015: Reauthorizes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) allowing for the executive branch to negotiate and finalize market opening free trade agreements. Y Voted AGAINST the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 0%
113th Congress AF&PA Voting Record - Senate
Description Preferred Position This official's vote compared with the preferred position
H.R. 2642, the Farm Bill Conference Report: This bill contains a number of provisions supported by AF&PA: • Includes the Forest Products Fairness Act (HR 979), which allows forest products to be included in USDA’s biobased programs. • Includes compromise language that exempts forest roads and silviculture activities from any permitting requirements and the citizen suit provision of the Clean Water Act. The language does not prevent EPA from considering non- permit measures for forest roads and silviculture activities. • Includes improvements to conservation programs like the Conservation Stewardship Program and multiple beneficial provisions related to federal land management • Calls for the Secretary of Agriculture to revise the strategic plan for the FIA program and includes direction on what should be included. • Funding for Energy Title programs generally was reduced. The Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) has been reduced to $25 million a year in total funding, not more than half of which can be used for the Collection, Harvest, Storage and Transportation (CHST) payments that previously were a concern for the industry. Y Voted WITH the preferred position
This official's percentage on this voting record: 100%
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Cosponsorship of Key Legislation
DescriptionPreferred PositionCosponsor of this Legislation?

115 S.951
S.951, the Regulatory Accountability Act: A comprehensive regulatory reform measure that provides a judicially enforceable cost-benefit standard for major federal regulations and requires greater opportunity for public input and vetting of critical information - especially for billion-dollar rules, and requires that information about the regulation be publicly released in a timely manner.


114 S.655
S.655 - Prohibits the use of funds by the Secretary of the Interior to make a final determination on the listing of the northern long-eared bat under the Endangered Species Act.


114 S.751
S.751, the Clean Air, Strong Economies Act - Prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from lowering its national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) for ozone until at least 85% of counties that are in nonattainment areas (counties that are exceeding the limit) have attained the standard. In promulgating a primary or secondary NAAQS for ozone, the EPA must: only consider a county to be a nonattainment area on the basis of direct air quality monitoring (rather than modeling); take into consideration feasibility and cost; and include in the regulatory impact analysis for the proposed and final rule at least one analysis that does not include any calculation of benefits resulting from reducing emissions of any pollutant other than ozone.


114 S.808
S. 808, the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act - Removes the Surface Transportation Board from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to establish it as an independent U.S. agency. Increases Board membership from three to five members. Prescribes requirements for discussions at Board meetings not open to the public. Requires the Board to: establish a database of rail service complaints it has received, and post quarterly reports of such complaints as well as rail service complaints it has received on its website. Reauthorizes appropriations for FY2016-FY2020 for the Board. Grants the DOT Inspector General authority to review only the financial management, property management, and business operations of the Board to determine its compliance with federal laws, rules, and regulations. Requires the Board to: maintain one or more simplified and expedited methods for determining the reasonableness of challenged rail rates in cases where a full stand-alone cost presentation is too costly, given the value of the case; and maintain procedures to ensure expeditious handling of challenges to the reasonableness of rail rates. Prescribes time limits for Board review of rail rate reasonableness cases. Repeals certain rail service contract limitations involving the transportation of agricultural commodities. Authorizes the Board to investigate rail carrier and pipeline carrier violations on its own initiative as well as on complaint (as under existing law). Prescribes requirements for investigations commenced on the Board`s own initiative. Requires the Board to establish a voluntary binding arbitration process to resolve rail rate and practice disputes. Directs the Government Accountability Office to study rail rate contract proposals containing multiple origin-to-destination movements.


114 S.1140
S.1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act - Requires the Department of the Army and the Environmental Protection Agency to adhere to certain principles and take specified actions in proposing any regulation revising the definitions of "waters of the United States" and "navigable waters."


114 S.1298
S.1298, the Ports Performance Act - Provides nationally consistent measures of performance of the Nation’s ports.


114 S.1634
The Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act - Amends federal transportation law to terminate the exemptions of railroads from antitrust laws for collective ratemaking agreements. Requires the Surface Transportation Board, when reviewing a proposed agreement, to take into account its impact upon shippers, consumers, and affected communities.


114 S.2006
S. 2006 - The Regulatory Accountability Act - Increases public participation in shaping the most costly regulations before they are proposed. Requires that agencies choose the least costly option, unless they can demonstrate that public health, safety, or welfare requires a more costly requirement. Gives interested parties the opportunity to hold agencies accountable for their compliance with the Information Quality Act. Provides for on-the-record administrative hearings for the most costly regulations to ensure that agency data is well-tested and reviewed. Provides for a more rigorous test in legal challenges for those regulations that would have the most impact.


114 S.2478
Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to provide for the purchase of paper United States savings bonds with tax refunds.


114 S.2882
S. 2882, the Ozone Standards Implementation Act - Prevents a rushed implementation of the 2015 ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), by: • Setting a 10-year implementation schedule for the 2015 ozone NAAQS to provide states time to complete work on implementing the 2008 ozone standard, • Adjusting the NAAQS review cycle to 10 years, establishing a more realistic review cycle, • Requiring EPA to issue implementation guidance concurrent with any NAAQS revision, and • Providing important relief for Prevention of Significant Deterioration permits.


114 S.3085
S. 3085, the Emergency Wildfire and Forest Management Act - Fixes the wildfire funding issues that have plagued the Forest Service. Provides efficiencies in forest management through expediting environmental analysis, streamlining National Environmental Policy Act issues, promoting large-scale landscape management projects, and other authorities.


113 S.RES.309
Expresses support for: (1) improvement in the collection, processing, and consumption of recyclable material throughout the United States in order to create well-paying jobs, foster innovation and investment in recycling infrastructure, and stimulate the economy; (2) strengthening the U.S. manufacturing base in order to rebuild the domestic economy; (3) a competitive marketplace for recyclable materials; (4) the trade of recyclable commodities; (5) U.S. policies that promote recycling and recyclable materials, that promote using recyclable materials as feedstock to produce new basic materials and finished products, and that establish the equitable treatment of recycled materials; (6) research and development of new technologies to more efficiently and effectively recycle materials such as automobile shredder residue and cathode ray tubes and to remove materials that are impediments to recycling; (7) Design for Recycling to ensure that a good can be recycled safely and economically at the end of its useful life; and (8) the participation of U.S. households, businesses, and governmental entities in recycling programs.


113 S.463
The Forest Products Fairness Act - Amends the Farm Bill to make forest products eligible for USDA’s Biobased Markets Program, which is marketed by USDA as the BioPreferred® program. The program is comprised of two separate initiatives: Product Labeling and a Federal Procurement Preference.


113 S.638
The Railroad Antitrust Enforcement Act - Amends federal transportation law to terminate the exemptions of railroads from antitrust laws for collective ratemaking agreements. Requires the Surface Transportation Board, when reviewing a proposed agreement, to take into account its impact upon shippers, consumers, and affected communities.


113 S.971
The Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act - Provides a permanent and clear legislative fix to preserve EPA’s existing regulation of forest roads under the Clean Water Act and prevents burdensome litigation over how “forest roads” should be treated under the Act. It would preserve EPA’s position that forest roads should not be regulated as point sources under the Clean Water Act and would prevent further determinations down the road that Clean Water Act point-source discharge permits would be required for everyday activities, such as reforestation, thinning, and pest and fire control, that occur across the country on public, private, state and tribal forest roads.


113 S.1009
The Chemical Safety Improvement Act - Updates the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The bill provides a solid scientific foundation for chemical regulatory decisions and provides clear direction for EPA to create a transparent, efficient, and sensible process to manage the safety of chemicals in commerce. This bill does not expand the scope of the current TSCA regulation, it strengthens preemption of state and local regulation; provides confidential business information provisions that are no weaker than current TSCA; generally maintains an “unreasonable risk” safety standard; maintains current TSCA exemptions and does not change the definition of “processor.”


113 S.2777
The Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act - Reauthorizes the STB for the first time since it was created, and would make the Board a more viable forum for handling freight rail issues. Streamlines rate case procedures, creates a meaningful alternative dispute resolution process, and requires a thorough and significant review and reanalysis of the rules under which the agency operates. Other improvements include allowing the Board Members to discuss agency matters with each other and creating timelines for cases.

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