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House Roll Call: 420     Vote Date: Aug 12th, 2022

Issue: H.R. 5376, Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 (legislative vehicles: several, including the Build Back Better Act). Question: On Motion to Concur in the Senate Amendment.

Result: Passed in House, 220 to 207, 4 not voting. Amended earlier by the Senate (Senate Vote Number 325, 8-7-22). Became Public Law 117-169 (signed by the President, 8-16-22). Democrats only scored.  (All 207 voting GOP voted against the measure, which had sufficient Democrat votes to pass, so no real GOP backbone displayed.)

Freedom First Society:  This misnamed Act combines several unrelated unconstitutional and/or destructive measures with no expected impact on “price” inflation. Included: spending to combat the fiction of significant manmade climate change, tax credits for shifting energy production to expensive unreliable sources, new taxes, incentives to get pharmaceutical companies to lower drug prices.

We have assigned (good vote) to the Nays and (bad vote) to the Yeas. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)

Bill Summary: Here is a summary of the unusually very lengthy CRS Summary. The complete CRS Summary is provided at the end, below.

Shown Here: H.R. 5376 Inflation Reduction Act.
Passed Senate (08/07/2022)

TITLE I–COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Subtitle A–Deficit Reduction

Part 1–Corporate Tax Reform

Part 2–Excise Tax on Repurchase of Corporate Stock

Part 3–Funding the Internal Revenue Service and Improving Taxpayer Compliance

Subtitle B–Prescription Drug Pricing Reform

Subtitle C–Affordable Care Act Subsidies

Subtitle D–Energy Security

TITLE II–COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND FORESTRY

TITLE III–COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS

TITLE IV–COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION

TITLE V–COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

TITLE VI–COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

TITLE VII–COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

TITLE VIII–COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS

Analysis:  While reading the “debates” (actually political posturing statements), it sounds as if Republicans and Democrats are talking about two different bills.  Is this Act the greatest thing since sliced bread or a huge jump down the road to disaster?

Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Kentucky), the chair of the House Budget Committee and lead speaker on behalf of the Act, claimed:

“The Inflation Reduction Act will lower healthcare costs and energy costs for American families. It will allow Medicare to negotiate lower prescription drug prices and cap drug costs for seniors, saving many Medicare beneficiaries hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars each year….

“The Inflation Reduction Act is fiscally responsible, fully paid for, and has been strongly endorsed by top U.S. economists across the political spectrum.

“Not one American family making less than $400,000 a year will see their Federal tax bill increased by this legislation, not by a penny.”

“The Inflation Reduction Act is also the biggest investment the U.S. Government has ever made to combat climate change. It leapfrogs us ahead of nearly every other country in terms of our commitment to tackling this crisis.” [Emphasis added.]

Freedom First Society: Give us a break. Mr. Yarmuth is almost claiming the government can give us something for nothing. Actually, much of the Act is to be financed through deficit spending, which eventually will impact us all.

Rep. Yarmuth provided this blatant collectivist summation: “We will use the power of the Federal Government to make American lives better and our country and planet safer.”

Freedom First Society: As an aside, we deplore the common practice of combining multiple diverse topics into one measure.  This practice is designed to achieve consensus for unpopular parts by mixing the bad with the good.

For our further analysis, we will highlight some of the statements by representatives as recorded in the Congressional Record.

From the Congressional Record, House of Representatives (8-12-22) [Emphasis added]:

Rep. Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee:

“When you strip away the fake sunset policies, this bill spends $745 billion and adds $146 billion to our debt. It adds $54 billion worth of debt just in the first 5 years, and 80 percent of their ‘budget deficits’ don’t even begin until after the year 2029….

“This bill is simple. It is welfare for the wealthy environmentalists and big corporations, paid for by increased taxes and audits on middle- and low-income taxpayers.”

Rep. Ben Cline (R-Virginia), member of the House Committee on Appropriations and the House Committee on the Budget:

“Even Bernie Sanders, a socialist who can come up with a million flawed excuses to spend your tax dollars, says he can’t find a way to even say this would reduce inflation one iota.”

Rep.  Bobby Scott (D-Virginia), chair House Education and Labor Committee:

“The bill will make the largest ever investment to address climate change. I am especially pleased with the bill’s provisions to turbocharge the development of offshore wind.”

Rep. Tom McClintock (R-California), member House Judiciary Committee:

 “Just as you cannot drink yourself sober, you cannot spend your way out of inflation, or tax yourself out of recession, or borrow your way out of debt. Yet, that is exactly what the Democrats claim they can do. What makes them think socialism will work any better here than everywhere else in the world that it has been tried?”

Freedom First Society:  Incredibly, Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democratic member of the House Budget Committee, seems to make exactly that claim:  “This Inflation Reduction Act is a historic downpayment on deficit reduction of approximately $300 billion to fight inflation.”

Rep. Bob Good (R-Virginia): member of the House Committee on Education and Labor and the House Committee on the Budget:

 “Mr. Speaker, the Democrats are determined to make inflation worse by continuing their disastrous policies that caused it in the first place. Do they not understand the concept of pouring gas on a fire?

“Beyond the reckless spending of nearly another trillion dollars on top of the $30 trillion national debt–there is no climate crisis. It is a hoax. This is the one crisis that even Democrats couldn’t create.

“They have been crying about the climate sky falling for 40 years now, predicting the world would end in 12 years. It is a lie.” [Emphasis added.]

Freedom First Society: Rep. Yarmuth couldn’t let that repudiation of the climate change crisis stand unchallenged.  His response defended the climate change crisis orthodoxy by equating bad weather, which has always been with us, with manmade climate change.

Rep. Yarmuth: “I cannot believe that I still heard from the other side today the hoax comment, that climate change is a hoax. You would think that as we watch what is going on in the world, while I watch what is going on in my State, when my citizens in eastern Kentucky were devastated by historic floods, when my citizens in western Kentucky were devastated by historic tornadoes, all of which scientists have said were exacerbated by climate change, that there are still people who deny that climate change exists.

Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Georgia), member of the House Committee on Homeland Security:

“Now, I know the left can’t quite grasp the basics of high school biology, but it appears that they also need a lesson on the fundamentals of economics and basic math.

“But I don’t think they are interested in their much-needed schooling because their actions are intentional. Time and time again, the left proves their priorities lie with Big Government socialism, not the American people.”

Freedom First Society:  A great confusion was the repeated claim that the Act included money to hire 87,000 new IRS agents.  See the following three exchanges to see the reality.

(1) Rep. Mike Carey (R-Ohio), Member House Committee on the Budget: “Probably the biggest thing for me is the 87,000 new IRS agents. To folks back in Ohio, I just want to put this in a way that you can understand. That is 10,000 more people than live in the city of Parma. That is 17,000 more people that live in the city of Canton, 23,000 more than in Youngstown.

“This is not the Inflation Reduction Act. This is the audit America act.”

(2) Rep. Yarmuth: “Mr. Speaker, I want to respond one more time to these claims about 87,000 new IRS agents. The IRS has never made any announcement about plans to hire any number of agents. The Washington Post fact-checker has actually given that claim three Pinocchios.”

(3) Rep. Jason Smith (R-Missouri), Ranking Republican on the House Budget Committee: “I will point out to the chairman that his President’s budget outlined an additional $80 billion for the IRS. Highlighted in that budget he wanted 87,000 IRS agents. That is where the number is coming from, from your President, who provided a budget.

“I know in the Budget Committee, we have never had a hearing on budget for the last 3 1/2 years. That is probably why you didn’t know 87,000 auditors were in the President’s budget.”

California Representative Barbara Lee, a Democratic member of the House Budget Committee, tries to combine radical agendas: “Now, we know that lower-income communities and communities of color face the brunt of pollution and climate change.”

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Florida):Mr. Speaker, I rise in opposition to this terrible bill because this terrible bill will increase the cost of energy on every hardworking American in the United States. “This bill actually calls for a doubling of the excise tax on oil and on gas, doubling of the royalties on oil and on gas.”

Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas): “Madam Speaker, this is the bill, 728 pages, that we got from the Senate this week. Has anybody read it? “Come on. That is over a billion dollars average per page. That ain’t gold; that is fool’s gold.”

Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Kentucky): “This bill drives a massive build-out of unreliable wind and solar power, not nuclear, not natural gas, and not baseload power.”

Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Georgia):

“Madam Speaker, I rise today in strong opposition to the inflation expansion act, which includes deeply troubling proposals that will kneecap medical innovation and harm patients’ access to cures.

“Madam Speaker, for 40 years, I was behind the counter. I was the one who had to tell the patient how much their prescription was going to be. I was the one who witnessed the senior citizens trying to make a decision between buying their medication or buying their groceries. I was the one who had to tell the mother how much the antibiotic was going to be and see her in tears trying to find the money to pay for that antibiotic. I know all too well about prescription drug prices.

“Today, I am behind the podium as my Democratic colleagues decide whether to mortgage those same patients’ health and well-being for a political win. This is immoral, and it must be stopped.

“The United States leads the world in medical innovation. I have watched it, and I have seen it as terminal illnesses became treatable with a simple pill. I have seen the relief on a patient’s face when they heard that a new treatment is available for their once incurable disease. This bill eradicates hope.

“Madam Speaker, we need to help lower drug prices and costs for patients, but this legislation goes about it in all the wrong ways.”

Freedom First Society: This bill started out in the House of Representatives last year as the Build Back Better Act, a frustratingly deceptive use of legislative vehicles.

Complete CRS Summary:

Shown Here: H.R. 5376 Inflation Reduction Act).
Passed Senate (08/07/2022)

TITLE I–COMMITTEE ON FINANCE

Subtitle A–Deficit Reduction

Part 1–Corporate Tax Reform

This bill imposes an alternative minimum tax of 15% of the average annual adjusted financial statement income of domestic corporations (excluding Subchapter S corporations, regulated investment companies, and real estate investment trusts) that exceeds $1 billion over a specified 3-year period. The tax is effective in taxable years beginning after December 31, 2022.

Part 2–Excise Tax on Repurchase of Corporate Stock

The bill imposes a 1% excise tax on the fair market value of stock repurchased by a domestic corporation after 2022, with certain exceptions.

Part 3–Funding the Internal Revenue Service and Improving Taxpayer Compliance

The bill provides additional funding for the Internal Revenue Service for taxpayer services and enforcement, including for operations support, business systems modernization, and the development of a free direct e-file tax return system. It also provides additional funding for the Department of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the Office of Tax Policy, the Tax Court, and Treasury departmental offices.

Subtitle B–Prescription Drug Pricing Reform

Part 1–Lowering Prices Through Drug Price Negotiation

The bill requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate the prices of certain prescription drugs under Medicare beginning in 2026.

Specifically, the CMS must negotiate maximum prices for brand-name drugs that do not have other generic equivalents and that account for the greatest Medicare spending. The CMS must negotiate the prices of 10 drugs in 2026, 15 drugs in 2027 and 2028, and 20 drugs in 2029 and each year thereafter. Drug manufacturers that fail to comply with negotiation requirements are subject to civil penalties and excise taxes.

The bill provides funds for FY2022 for the CMS to implement this program.

Part 2–Prescription Drug Inflation Rebates

In addition, the bill requires drug manufacturers to issue rebates to the CMS for brand-name drugs without generic equivalents under Medicare that cost $100 or more per year per individual and for which prices increase faster than inflation. Manufacturers that fail to comply are subject to civil penalties.

The bill provides funds through FY2031 for the CMS to implement the rebate programs.

Part 3–Part D Improvements and Maximum Out-of-Pocket Cap for Medicare Beneficiaries

The bill eliminates beneficiary cost-sharing above the annual out-of-pocket spending threshold under the Medicare prescription drug benefit beginning in 2024 and caps annual out-of-pocket spending at $2,000 in 2025 (with annual adjustments thereafter). It also establishes a program under which drug manufacturers provide discounts to beneficiaries who have incurred costs above the annual deductible beginning in 2025.

The bill provides funds through FY2031 for the CMS to implement these changes and requirements.

The bill also establishes a process through which certain beneficiaries may have their monthly out-of-pocket costs capped and paid in monthly installments beginning in 2025; it provides funds for FY2023 for the CMS to implement this process.

Part 4–Continued Delay of Implementation of Prescription Drug Rebate Rule

The bill further delays until 2032 implementation of a Department of Health and Human Services rule relating to the treatment of certain Medicare prescription drug benefit rebates from drug manufacturers for purposes of federal anti-kickback laws.

Part 5–Miscellaneous

The bill establishes a series of additional programs and requirements relating to coverage under the Medicare prescription drug benefit and other programs.

For example, the bill eliminates cost-sharing under the Medicare prescription drug benefit for adult vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. It also requires coverage, without cost-sharing, of such vaccines under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

In addition, the bill caps cost-sharing under the Medicare prescription drug benefit for a month’s supply of covered insulin products at (1) for 2023 through 2025, $35; and (2) beginning in 2026, $35, 25% of the government’s negotiated price, or 25% of the plan’s negotiated price, whichever is less. The bill provides funds for FY2022 for the CMS to implement these provisions.

Subtitle C–Affordable Care Act Subsidies

The bill extends through 2025 certain adjustments and expansions of the premium tax credit, including to allow taxpayers with income above 400% of the federal poverty line to qualify for the credit.

Subtitle D–Energy Security

The bill modifies and extends through 2024 tax credits (1) for producing electricity from renewable resources, specifically for wind, biomass, geothermal and solar, landfill gas, trash, qualified hydropower, and marine and hydrokinetic resources; (2) for investment in certain energy properties (e.g., solar, fuel cells, waste energy recovery, combined heat and power, small wind property, and microturbine property); and (3) for alternative fuels and fuel mixtures, and biodiesel and renewable diesel.

The bill creates new tax credits for (1) qualifying zero-emission nuclear power produced and sold after 2023, (2) the sale or mixture of sustainable aviation fuel beginning in 2023, (3) the production of clean hydrogen, (4) the production of clean electricity and for investment in zero-emissions electricity generation facilities or energy storage technology, (5) domestic clean fuel production beginning in 2025, and (6) the domestic production and sale of qualifying solar and wind components.

The bill modifies and extends through 2032 (1) the tax credit for nonbusiness energy property and increases its rate to 30%, with certain limitations; (2) the new energy efficient home credit; and (3) the tax credit for alternate fuel refueling property expenditures.

The bill modifies requirements for the tax deduction for energy efficient commercial buildings.

The bill creates a new credit for commercial clean vehicles and modifies the refundable tax credit for the purchase of plug-in electric vehicles and previously-owned electric vehicles.

The bill permanently reinstates the Hazardous Substance Superfund financing rate for certain excise taxes, including the excise tax on domestic crude oil and imported petroleum products at the rate of 16.4 cents per barrel in 2023, adjusted annually for inflation.

The bill makes permanent the increased rate of the coal excise tax for funding the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

The bill increases the amount of the research tax credit that may be applied against the payroll tax liabilities of certain small businesses.

The bill reinstates the current suspension until 2025 of the tax deduction for state and local taxes and extends the limitation on excess business losses of noncorporate taxpayers.

TITLE II–COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE, NUTRITION, AND FORESTRY

Subtitle A–General Provisions

The bill provides funding to the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a variety of programs related to conservation and renewable energy.

Subtitle B–Conservation

Specifically, the bill provides funding to USDA for voluntary conservation programs, such as the environmental quality incentives program, the conservation stewardship program, the agricultural conservation easement program, and the regional conservation partnership program.

It also provides funding to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service for (1) conservation technical assistance; and (2) a program to quantify carbon sequestration and carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide emissions.

Subtitle C–Rural Development and Agricultural Credit

In addition, the bill provides funding to USDA for several programs, such as the Rural Energy for America Program, that support the generation, storage, and use of renewable energy in rural communities.

Subtitle D–Forestry

The bill also provides funding to USDA for the National Forest System, including funding for forest restoration, wildfire prevention, and related activities. Further, the bill provides funding to USDA for programs that award grants to owners of state or private forests for climate mitigation, forest resilience, or related activities.

TITLE III–COMMITTEE ON BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS

The bill provides additional funding for the President to carry out activities under the Defense Production Act of 1950. That act confers on the President a broad set of authorities to influence domestic industry in order to provide essential materials and goods for the national defense.

In addition, the bill provides funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for loans and grants to fund projects that address affordable housing and climate change issues, such as projects designed to increase the energy or water efficiency of affordable housing.

TITLE IV–COMMITTEE ON COMMERCE, SCIENCE, AND TRANSPORTATION

The bill provides funding for coastal communities, coastal and marine habitats, weather forecasting, and aviation technology.

For example, the bill provides funding to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including funding for

  • coastal communities so they can prepare for extreme storms and other changing climate conditions,
  • NOAA facilities (e.g., fisheries laboratories and national marine sanctuaries facilities),
  • weather research and forecasting innovations, and
  • acquiring a hurricane hunter aircraft.

In addition, the bill provides funding to the Department of Transportation for a program that awards grants for projects that (1) produce, transport, blend, or store sustainable aviation fuel; or (2) develop, demonstrate, or apply low-emission aviation technologies.

TITLE V–COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

Subtitle A–Energy

Part 1–General Provisions

The bill provides funding to the Department of Energy (DOE) for a variety of programs concerning energy rebates, energy efficiency in buildings, electric transmissions, advanced industrial facilities, and other energy matters.

Part 2–Residential Efficiency and Electrification Rebates

For example, the bill provides funding to DOE for a HOMES rebate program that awards grants to state energy offices. Under the program, states must provide rebates to homeowners and aggregators for certain whole-house energy saving retrofits made for low- and moderate-income households.

In addition, funding is provided to DOE for a high-efficiency electric home rebate program that awards grants to state energy offices and Indian tribes. Under the program, rebates must be given for qualified electrification projects in low- or moderate-income households.

Part 3–Building Efficiency and Resilience

The bill also provides funding to DOE for grants to states and local governments to adopt and implement building codes for (1) residential buildings that meet or exceed the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code, or (2) commercial buildings that meet or exceed the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1–2019.

Part 4–DOE Loan and Grant Programs

The bill provides funding for specified DOE loan programs, including

  • certain loans issued under the Energy Policy Act of 2005;
  • loans for facilities that manufacture advanced vehicles that emit either a low amount of or no amount of greenhouse gas emissions; and
  • loans for the domestic production of efficient hybrid, plug-in electric hybrid, plug-in electric drive, and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles.

The bill also provides funding to support financing of energy infrastructure projects, including projects to replace nonoperational energy infrastructure or reduce the emissions of energy infrastructure.

Part 5–Electric Transmission

The bill provides funding to DOE for a program that provides loans for the construction or modification of electric transmission facilities that are located within a national interest electric transmission corridor. Further, DOE is authorized to make grants to facilitate the siting of interstate electricity transmission lines.

In addition, the bill provides funding to DOE for interregional and offshore wind electricity transmission planning, modeling, and analysis.

Part 6–Industrial

The bill also provides funding for DOE’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations to carry out the advanced industrial facilities deployment program. Under the program, the office must deploy advanced industrial technology to accelerate the reduction and elimination of greenhouse gas emissions at industrial facilities.

Part 7–Other Energy Matters

In addition, the bill provides funding for other energy matters, such as infrastructure projects for DOE’s national laboratories as well as efforts to increase the availability of high-assay low-enriched uranium, a fuel used in advanced nuclear reactors.

Subtitle B–Natural Resources

Part 1–General Provisions

The bill provides funding for natural resources, water supplies, the Office of Insular Affairs, leases to develop energy on federal land, and other related issues.

Part 2–Public Lands

The bill provides funding to the Department of Interior to carry out projects for (1) the conservation, protection, and resiliency of lands and resources administered by the National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); and (2) conservation and ecosystem and habitat restoration projects on lands administered by the NPS and the BLM.

It also provides funding to the NPS to hire more employees and carry out priority deferred maintenance projects.

Part 3–Drought Response and Preparedness

The bill provides funding to the BLM for water supply projects, projects to cover water conveyance facilities with solar panels, and drought mitigation in western states.

Part 4–Insular Affairs

The bill provides funding to Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. The office must use the funding to provide technical assistance for climate change planning, mitigation, adaptation, and resilience to United States Insular Areas (i.e., American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).

Part 5–Offshore Wind

The bill provides for the lease of federal land in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for offshore wind development. Specifically, Interior may issue leases, easements, and rights-of-way in the OCS to produce, transport, store, or transmit energy from sources other than oil and gas (e.g., offshore wind energy sources) in land areas previously withdrawn from leasing.

The bill (1) expands the definition of the OCS to include land that is within the U.S. exclusive economic zone and adjacent to any territory of the United States, and (2) allows Interior to conduct wind lease sales that are in such areas if the leases meet specified criteria.

Part 6–Fossil Fuel Resources

In addition, the bill modifies several provisions related to oil and gas leasing on public lands. For example, it increases the minimum royalty rates for oil and gas leases on federal land as well as offshore land in the OCS. It also increases rental rates and minimum bidding standards for onshore oil and gas leases and establishes a new fee that must be paid by any person who nominates public lands for such leasing. Further, it requires royalties to be paid for methane gas extracted from federal lands, including offshore lands as specified by the bill.

Part 7–United States Geological Survey

The bill provides funding for the United States Geological Survey to produce, collect, disseminate, and use 3D elevation data.

Subtitle C–Environmental Reviews

The bill provides funding to DOE, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Interior for environmental reviews as specified under the bill.

TITLE VI–COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC WORKS

Subtitle A–Air Pollution

The bill provides funding to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a greenhouse gas reduction fund and to support several programs that provide financial incentives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution emissions. For example, the bill provides incentives to

  • replace eligible medium-duty vehicles (e.g., school buses) and heavy-duty vehicles (e.g., garbage trucks) with zero-emission vehicles,
  • purchase or install equipment and technology to reduce pollution at ports,
  • identify and reduce emissions from diesel engines,
  • monitor air pollution and greenhouse gases,
  • encourage states to adopt and implement greenhouse gas and zero-emission standards for mobile sources, and
  • reduce methane emissions from petroleum and natural gas systems.

The bill also provides funding to implement the renewable fuels programs and the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act.

Subtitle B–Hazardous Materials

In addition, the bill provides funding to the EPA for environmental and climate justice block grants that benefit disadvantaged communities.

Subtitle C–United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The bill provides funding to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of endangered species and threatened species.

It also provides funding to USFWS to rebuild and restore units of the National Wildlife Refuge System and state wildlife management areas by (1) addressing the threat of invasive species, (2) increasing the resiliency and capacity of habitats and infrastructure to withstand weather events, and (3) reducing the amount of damage caused by weather events.

Subtitle D–Council on Environmental Quality

The bill provides funding to the Council on Environmental Quality, including funding for (1) collecting data related to environmental and climate issues, (2) tracking disproportionate burdens and cumulative impacts, and (3) supporting efforts to ensure that any mapping or screening tool is accessible to community-based organizations and community members.

Subtitle E–Transportation and Infrastructure

This bill provides funding to the Federal Highway Administration and to the General Services Administration. Specifically, it provides funding to the Federal Highway Administration for the neighborhood access and equity grant program, the environmental review of transportation projects, and grants for the use of low-carbon construction materials and products on federally funded transportation projects.

In addition, it provides funding to the Federal Building Fund for (1) converting and constructing federal facilities to high-performance green buildings, (2) acquiring and installing low-carbon materials and products in the construction of federal buildings, and (3) emerging and sustainable technologies as well as related sustainability and environmental programs.

TITLE VII–COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

This bill provides funding for the oversight of this act as well as a variety of environmental programs, such as funding to

  • the Department of Homeland Security for implementing sustainability and environmental programs,
  • the U.S. Postal Service for purchasing zero-emission delivery vehicles and installing related infrastructure, and
  • the Federal Emergency Management Agency so it may provide assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act for costs associated with low-carbon building materials as well as incentives that encourage low-carbon and net-zero energy projects.

TITLE VIII–COMMITTEE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS

This bill provides funding to assist Indian tribes address climate change, including funding to

  • the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Office of Native Hawaiian Relations for climate resilience and adaptation programs,
  • the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a tribal electrification program, and
  • the BLM for providing emergency drought relief to Indian tribes located in the western United States.