The Senate will now resume consideration of S. 1813, which the clerk will report.
The legislative clerk read as follows:
A bill (S. 1813) to reauthorize Federal-aid highway and
Roberts amendment No. 1826, of a perfecting nature. McCain modified amendment No. 1669, to enhance the natural quiet and safety of airspace of the Grand Canyon National Park. Corker amendment No. 1785, to lower the FY13 discretionary budget authority cap as set in the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 by $20,000,000,000 in order to offset the general fund transfers to the Highway Trust Fund. Corker amendment No. 1810, to ensure that the aggregate amount made available for transportation projects for a fiscal year does not exceed the estimated amount available for those projects in the Highway Trust Fund for the fiscal year. Portman-Coburn amendment No. 1736, to free States to spend gas taxes on their transportation priorities. Portman amendment No. 1742, to allow States to permit nonhighway uses in rest areas along any highway. Coats (for Alexander) amendment No. 1779, to make technical corrections to certain provisions relating to overflights of National Parks. Coats (for DeMint) amendment No. 1589, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to terminate certain energy tax subsidies and lower the corporate income tax rate. Coats (for DeMint) amendment No. 1756, to return to the individual States maximum discretionary authority and fiscal responsibility for all elements of the national surface transportation systems that are not within the direct purview of the Federal Government. Coats-Lugar amendment No. 1517, to modify the apportionment formula to ensure that the percentage of apportioned funds received by a State is the same as the percentage of total gas taxes paid by the State. Blunt-Casey amendment No. 1540, to modify the section relating to off-system bridges.
Amendment No. 1826, as Modified and Amendment No. 1812, as Modified
Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the pending Roberts amendment No. 1826 be modified with the changes at the desk and that Senator Stabenow be permitted to modify her amendment No. 1812 with the changes that are at the desk; further, that at noon tomorrow, March 13, the Senate proceed to vote in relation to the amendments listed under the previous order and the following two amendments be the first amendments acted upon, with all other provisions of the previous order remaining in effect: DeMint amendment No. 1756 and Bingaman amendment No. 1759.
Without objection, it is so ordered.
The amendment (No. 1826) is modified as follows:
Section 0101 and Section 0102 shall not apply to the North Atlantic Planning area.
Madam President, on Thursday I voted for the Collins amendment No. 1660 to send a message that it is extremely important that Boiler MACT rules be done right. I have heard from manufacturers, paper companies, and the forestry industry all across the State of Michigan who rely on boilers in their plants. While I strongly support efforts to limit air pollution, I am concerned about the impact of the proposed rules as they are now written on manufacturing businesses and jobs in Michigan.
This amendment is certainly not perfect. I have serious concerns about certain provisions such as the changes to the health-based approach that EPA uses to set emissions rules. This amendment also did not reflect the positive changes that the EPA has already made to the proposed rules. It is my intent to continue working with the EPA as they write their final rules to address the concerns that have been raised by Michigan employers--large and small--and to give our businesses the time necessary to comply with these new emissions rules.
It is critical that the EPA draft rules that protect our environment while also protecting our jobs and our economy.
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