Next Step on the Showerhead Budget Amendment

Update on Previous Urgent Congressional Alert

2012-06-11

We alerted you last week that the House passed an amendment to the Energy Appropriations Bill to prohibit the Department of Energy from enforcing national showerhead flow standards. We have since learned that the Senate version of this bill (S 2465) was approved and reported out by the Senate Appropriations Committee on April 26th. It is in line to be scheduled for floor consideration, but no date has been set by the Senate leadership. While it may be unlikely that the Schweikert amendment would be added to the Senate bill, anything can happen once this spending bill reaches a Senate-House Conference Committee. The onus will be on supporters of the showerhead rules to get Schweikert’s amendment actually removed from the House bill during the conference committee process. The House bill is HR 5325.

Please contact your Senator with your views, particularly if your Senator is a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, which is chaired by Sen. Diane Feinstein, D-CA.

The members of the subcommittee are:

  Democratic Subcommittee Members

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA)(Chair)
  • Senator Patty Murray (WA)
  • Senator Tim Johnson (SD)
  • Senator Mary Landrieu (LA)
  • Senator Jack Reed (RI)
  • Senator Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
  • Senator Tom Harkin (IA)
  • Senator Jon Tester (MT)
  • Senator Richard Durbin (IL)

  Republican Subcommittee Members

  • Senator Lamar Alexander (Ranking) (TN)
  • Senator Thad Cochran (MS)
  • Senator Mitch McConnell (KY)
  • Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (TX)
  • Senator Richard Shelby (AL)
  • Senator Susan Collins (ME)
  • Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (SC)

 

2012-06-06

In a stunning move late in the evening on June 5, Congress approved a budget amendment that would prohibit the Department of Energy from enforcing showerhead flow standards.

The amendment, proposed by Congressman Schweikert from Arizona, was passed in a late night vote on HR 5325,  the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013Click here for a PDF of the amendment.

It is clear that this amendment would effectively prevent any enforcement against illegal showerheads being manufactured or imported into the US.  This is a disastrous turn of events for the water efficiency community, who has been working diligently for years to ensure uniform compliance with federal law. 

But we still have a chance.  The bill now goes to the Senate, where there is a great opportunity to defeat this amendment in its present form.  Please contact your Senator and share your views on this important subject. 

The Alliance will continue to keep you informed as we learn more.  Stay tuned.

Click to download a PDF of the entire debate on this amendment before it was approved.

YouTube Logo  Schweikert Talks Shower Head Regulations on the House Floor

 

2012-06-05

AWE has just learned that Congressman Schweikert from Arizona plans to introduce an amendment to  HR 5325 , the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2013.  This amendment would block enforcement of water efficiency standards for toilets and shower heads, and is likely to be voted as early as later on today or tomorrow.

The proposed language would read: "None of the funds made available under this Act may be used to enforce part 429, 430, or 431 of title 10 of the Code of Federal Regulations with respect to showerheads or water closets."

We urge you to contact  your congressional representative  immediately with your views.