H R 6074 in Congressional Session 110

Official Summary

 

Bill Number : H R 6074

 

Title : To amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal and for other purposes.

 

SUMMARY AS OF:
5/20/2008--Passed House without amendment.    (There is 1 other summary) (This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been expanded because action occurred on the measure.) Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act of 2008 -

Title I:

Amendment to Sherman Act - No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act of 2008 or NOPEC -

(Sec. 102)

Amends the Sherman Act to make it illegal for any foreign state or instrumentality thereof to act collectively or in combination with any other foreign state or any other person, when such action has a direct, substantial, and reasonably foreseeable effect on the market, supply, price, or distribution of petroleum in the United States, to: (1) limit the production or distribution of oil, natural gas, or any other petroleum product (petroleum); (2) set or maintain the price of petroleum; or (3) otherwise take any action in restraint of trade for petroleum. Denies a foreign state engaged in such conduct sovereign immunity from the jurisdiction or judgments of U.S. courts in any action brought to enforce this Act. States that no U.S. court shall decline, based on the act of state doctrine, to make a determination on the merits in an action brought under this Act. Authorizes the Attorney General to bring an action in U.S. district court to enforce this Act.

(Sec. 103)

Makes an exception to the jurisdictional immunity of a foreign state in an action brought under this Act.

Title II:

Creation of Department of Justice Petroleum Industry Antitrust Task Force -

(Sec. 201)

Directs the Attorney General to establish in the Department of Justice (DOJ) a Petroleum Industry Antitrust Task Force to: (1) develop, coordinate, and facilitate the implementation of DOJ investigative and enforcement policies related to petroleum industry antitrust issues under federal law; and (2) report annually to Congress on DOJ investigatory and enforcement efforts related to petroleum industry antitrust issues, and on issues related to the application of federal antitrust laws to the market for petroleum.

Title III:

Study by the Government Accountability Office -

(Sec. 301)

Directs the Comptroller General to: (1) conduct a study evaluating the effects of mergers addressed in covered petroleum merger consent decrees on competition in the markets involved, including the effectiveness of divestitures required in such decrees in preserving competition in those markets; and (2) report study results to Congress and DOJ. Directs the Attorney General to refer such report to the Task Force, which shall consider whether any further enforcement action is warranted to protect or restore competition in any market affected by a transaction to which any covered merger consent decree relates.

Votes

Title : To amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal and for other purposes.
Votes in the US Senate
This Bill was not Voted in the US Senate
Votes in the US House
Roll NumberVote DateQuestionDescriptionVote Result
3322008-05-20On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass Gas Price Relief for Consumers ActP

Sponsors

 
Congressional Sponsors of H R 6074
 
Bill Number : H R 6074

Title : To amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Kagen, Steve [WI-8] (introduced 5/15/2008)      

ALPHABETICAL [followed by Cosponsors withdrawn]:     (Sort: by date)

    Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] - 5/20/2008

    Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 5/19/2008

    Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Hodes, Paul W. [NH-2] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 5/15/2008

    Rep McNerney, Jerry [CA-11] - 5/19/2008

    Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 5/19/2008

    Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 5/20/2008

    Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] - 5/19/2008

    Rep Walz, Timothy J. [MN-1] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 5/15/2008

    Rep Wilson, Charles A. [OH-6] - 5/15/2008

Other Info

Bill Number : H R 6074

Title : To amend the Sherman Act to make oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal and for other purposes.

 
MAJOR ACTIONS:
 
5/15/2008 Introduced in House
 
5/20/2008 Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 324 - 84 (Roll no. 332).
 
5/21/2008 Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 744.

 
ALL ACTIONS:
 
5/15/2008:Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
 
5/19/2008 3:18pm:Mr. Scott (VA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
 
5/19/2008 3:18pm:Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4104-4109)
 
5/19/2008 3:18pm:DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 6074.
 
5/19/2008 3:55pm:At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
 
5/20/2008 1:19pm:Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H4189)
 
5/20/2008 1:28pm:Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
 
5/20/2008 1:28pm:On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 324 - 84 (Roll no. 332). (text: CR
 
5/19/2008 H4104)
 
5/21/2008:Received in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 744.