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Rep. Capps hailed the signing of the PIPES Act into law today by President Barack Obama. His signature on the bill is the culmination of Capps’s efforts over the past year to strengthen the safety of our country’s natural gas and hazardous liquid pipeline system and to improve oversight of the energy industry.
Rep. Capps released a statement regarding Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s (PG&E) announcement that they will not seek relicensing for continued operation of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant beyond 2025.
Rep. Capps joined her colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee in support of the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), which passed unanimously, by a vote of 53 to 0. Following a lengthy revision process, Committee members were able to come together to pass H.R. 2646 in a bipartisan effort to address gaps in the American mental health care system. The bill contains several provisions to strengthen current mental health care services and practices.
Rep. Capps announced the introduction of legislation to hold the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) accountable for lapses in pipeline safety oversight, joining Rep. Jackie Speier, Rep. Anna Eshoo, Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Charles Rangel, and Rep. Paul Tonko as co-authors. The PHMSA Accountability Act, H.R. 5443, would ensure the right for communities to seek legal recourse against PHMSA if the agency fails to perform its required pipeline safety duties.
Rep. Capps applauded the Obama Administration’s announcement of new efforts to reduce the organ transplant waiting list and enable more transplants for patients in need. This research initiative is a direct result of Capps’s HOPE Act, signed into law by President Obama in November 2013, which removed the blanket ban on HIV-positive organ transplant research and set up a science-based path for medical research to proceed on the feasibility, effectiveness, and safety of organ transplants between HIV-positive patients.
The House of Representatives unanimously approved bipartisan legislation to improve federal oil and gas pipeline safety regulations. Rep. Capps was one of several House and Senate members that were directly responsible for co-authoring the final language, which was based on legislation that originated in the House Energy and Commerce Committee, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and the Senate.
Rep. Capps participated in a tour of the Carrizo Plain National Monument that highlighted the changes in the area over the last 15 years since the Monument gained federal designation.
Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) released a statement regarding the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)’s environmental assessment evaluating the potential impacts from the use of well stimulation treatments on the 23 oil and gas platforms currently in operation on the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (POCS).
Legislation authored by Rep. Lois Capps to rename the U.S. Postal Service office located at 1221 State Street, Suite 12, Santa Barbara, California as the “Special Warfare Operator Master Chief Petty Officer (SEAL) Louis ‘Lou’ J. Langlais Post Office Building,” passed the House
Today, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released their final report on the findings from the investigation into the causes of the Plains Pipeline oil spill that affected the Gaviota Coast one year ago today.