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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

RAPID Act
Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015

Short Titles as Reported to House

RAPID Act
Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

RAPID Act
Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide for improved coordination of agency actions in the preparation and adoption of environmental documents for permitting determinations, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (4)

Date Actions Overview
09/25/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 233 - 170 (Roll no. 518).
09/11/2015Committee on Natural Resources discharged.
07/27/2015Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 114-228, Part I.
01/14/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (74)

Date Chamber All Actions
09/28/2015SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.
09/25/2015-12:07pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/25/2015-12:07pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 233 - 170 (Roll no. 518).
09/25/2015-12:01pmHouseOn motion to recommit with instructions Failed by recorded vote: 175 - 229 (Roll no. 517).
09/25/2015-11:54amHouseThe previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection. (consideration: CR H6255)
09/25/2015-11:47amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions contained in the motion seek to require the bill to be reported back to the House with an amendment to add language to the bill ensuring that nothing would apply to cases that affect safe drinking water or air quality of communities near the project, infringe on the property rights of American citizens, or adversely affect Native American tribes.
09/25/2015-11:45amHouseMs. Kuster moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on the Judiciary. (consideration: CR H6254-6255; text: CR H6254)
09/25/2015-11:44amHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
09/25/2015-11:44amHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 348.
09/25/2015-11:43amHouseH.Amdt.707 On agreeing to the Johnson (GA) amendment (A010) Failed by recorded vote: 176 - 232 (Roll no. 516).
09/25/2015-11:40amHouseH.Amdt.706 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment (A009) Failed by recorded vote: 176 - 232 (Roll no. 515).
09/25/2015-11:36amHouseH.Amdt.705 On agreeing to the Gosar amendment (A008) Agreed to by recorded vote: 223 - 186 (Roll no. 514).
09/25/2015-11:32amHouseH.Amdt.704 On agreeing to the Peters amendment (A007) Failed by recorded vote: 179 - 229 (Roll no. 513).
09/25/2015-11:29amHouseH.Amdt.703 On agreeing to the Dingell amendment (A006) Failed by recorded vote: 187 - 223 (Roll no. 512).
09/25/2015-11:25amHouseH.Amdt.702 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment (A005) Failed by recorded vote: 173 - 237 (Roll no. 511).
09/25/2015-11:20amHouseH.Amdt.701 On agreeing to the Gallego amendment (A004) Failed by recorded vote: 179 - 230 (Roll no. 510).
09/25/2015-11:15amHouseH.Amdt.700 On agreeing to the Grijalva amendment (A003) Agreed to by recorded vote: 320 - 88 (Roll no. 509).
09/25/2015-11:07amHouseH.Amdt.699 On agreeing to the Lowenthal amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 170 - 228 (Roll no. 508).
09/25/2015-10:33amHouseSubsequently, the Committee resumed it's sitting.
09/25/2015-10:32amHouseThe Committee of the Whole rose informally to receive a message from the Senate.
09/25/2015-10:32amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Johnson (GA) demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-10:23amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Johnson (GA) amendment No. 10.
09/25/2015-10:23amHouseH.Amdt.707 Amendment (A010) offered by Mr. Johnson (GA). (consideration: CR H6246-6247, H6253; text: CR H6246)
09/25/2015-10:23amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-10:12amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 9.
09/25/2015-10:12amHouseH.Amdt.706 Amendment (A009) offered by Ms. Jackson Lee. (consideration: CR H6243-6246, H6252-6253; text: CR H6243)
09/25/2015-10:11amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gosar amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mrs. Dingell demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-10:02amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gosar amendment No. 8.
09/25/2015-10:02amHouseH.Amdt.705 Amendment (A008) offered by Mr. Gosar. (consideration: CR H6242-6243, H6251-6252; text: CR H6242)
09/25/2015-10:01amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Peters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Peters demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:53amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Peters amendment No. 7.
09/25/2015-9:53amHouseH.Amdt.704 Amendment (A007) offered by Mr. Peters. (consideration: CR H6241-6242, H6251; text: CR H6241)
09/25/2015-9:52amHousePOSPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Dingell amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mrs. Dingell demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:44amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Dingell amendment No. 6.
09/25/2015-9:44amHouseH.Amdt.703 Amendment (A006) offered by Mrs. Dingell. (consideration: CR H6240-6241, H6250-6251; text: CR H6240)
09/25/2015-9:44amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. Jackson Lee demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:34amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 5.
09/25/2015-9:34amHouseH.Amdt.702 Amendment (A005) offered by Ms. Jackson Lee. (consideration: CR H6238-6240, H6249-6250; text: CR H6238)
09/25/2015-9:34amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Gallego amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Gallego demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:29amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Gallego amendment No. 4.
09/25/2015-9:29amHouseH.Amdt.701 Amendment (A004) offered by Mr. Gallego. (consideration: CR H6238, H6249; text: CR H6238)
09/25/2015-9:29amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Grijalva amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the ayes had prevailed. Mr. Grijalva demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:24amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Grijalva amendment No. 3.
09/25/2015-9:24amHouseH.Amdt.700 Amendment (A003) offered by Mr. Grijalva. (consideration: CR H6237-6238, H6248-6249; text: CR H6237)
09/25/2015-9:23amHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Lowenthal amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Lowenthal demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
09/25/2015-9:17amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lowenthal amendment No. 2.
09/25/2015-9:17amHouseH.Amdt.699 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Lowenthal. (consideration: CR H6236-6237, H6247-6248; text: CR 6236)
09/25/2015-9:17amHouseH.Amdt.698 On agreeing to the Marino amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
09/25/2015-9:13amHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 420, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Marino amendment No. 1.
09/25/2015-9:12amHouseH.Amdt.698 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Marino. (consideration: CR H6235-6236; text: CR H6235-6236)
09/25/2015-9:10amHouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
09/25/2015-9:09amHouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H6232-6247, H6247-6256; text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H6232-6235)
09/24/2015-3:57pmHouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 348 as unfinished business.
09/24/2015-3:57pmHouseOn motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
09/24/2015-3:57pmHouseMr. Goodlatte moved that the Committee rise.
09/24/2015-3:14pmHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 348.
09/24/2015-3:14pmHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable John J. Duncan, Jr. to act as Chairman of the Committee.
09/24/2015-3:14pmHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 420 and Rule XVIII.
09/24/2015-3:13pmHouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 348 and H.R. 758. The resolution provides for one hour debate on H.R. 348 and H.R. 758. The resolution provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of September 24, 2015, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules.
09/24/2015-3:13pmHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 420. (consideration: CR H6207-6213)
09/16/2015-10:18pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 420 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 348 and H.R. 758. The resolution provides for one hour debate on H.R. 348 and H.R. 758. The resolution provides that it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of September 24, 2015, for the Speaker to entertain motions that the House suspend the rules.
09/11/2015HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 198.
09/11/2015HouseCommittee on Natural Resources discharged.
07/27/2015HouseHouse Committee on Natural Resources Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than Sept. 11, 2015.
07/27/2015HouseReported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 114-228, Part I.
03/24/2015HouseOrdered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 15 - 11.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/24/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/23/2015HouseSubcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law Discharged.
03/02/2015HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law
02/05/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
01/14/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/14/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/14/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
01/14/2015HouseIntroduced in House

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Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary01/14/2015 Referred to
03/24/2015 Markup by
07/27/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-228
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial And Antitrust Law02/05/2015 Referred to
03/02/2015 Hearings by
03/23/2015 Discharged from
House Natural Resources01/14/2015 Referred to
09/11/2015 Discharged from
Senate Environment and Public Works09/28/2015 Referred to

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Passed House amended (09/25/2015)

Responsibly And Professionally Invigorating Development Act of 2015 or the RAPID Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Administrative Procedure Act to establish procedures to streamline the regulatory review, environmental decision making, and permitting process required by the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) for construction projects that are federally funded or that require federal approval by a permit or regulatory decision.

Upon the request of a lead agency responsible for preparing environmental review documents, a project sponsor is authorized to prepare environmental review documents if the agency: (1) oversees the preparation of the documents, (2) provides independent evaluation of them, and (3) approves and adopts the documents prior to taking action or making any approval based on the documents. "Environmental review" means the federal agency procedures for preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS), environmental assessment (EA), categorical exclusion, or other document under NEPA.

No more than one EIS and one EA for a project must be prepared under NEPA, except for supplemental environmental documents prepared under NEPA or environmental documents prepared pursuant to a court order. After the lead agency issues a record of decision, federal agencies responsible for making any approval for that project may only rely on the environmental document prepared by the lead agency.

Upon the request of a project sponsor, the lead agency may: (1) adopt, use, or rely on secondary and cumulative impact analyses included in documents prepared under NEPA for projects located nearby if the analyses are pertinent to the NEPA decision for the project under review; and (2) adopt a document that has been prepared for a project under state laws as the EIS or EA for the project if those laws provide environmental protection and opportunities for public involvement that are substantially equivalent to NEPA.

The lead agency must publish a supplement to the state document before it adopts it if: (1) a significant change has been made to the project that is relevant for purposes of environmental review of the project, or (2) there have been significant changes in circumstances or availability of information relevant to the environmental review for the project.

A lead agency may adopt for a project an environmental document prepared for a similar project that is nearby and that was subject to environmental review or similar state procedures within the last five years if there is a reasonable likelihood that the project will have similar environmental impacts.

The lead agency must invite any federal agency that is required to adopt the lead agency's environmental document to collaborate in the preparation of the document. A federal cooperating agency must collaborate on the preparation of that document unless it informs the lead agency that it: (1) has no jurisdiction, authority, expertise, or information with respect to the project; and (2) does not intend to submit comments on the project.

The bill precludes any agency that declines to collaborate from submitting comments on that document or taking measures to oppose any permit, license, or approval related to that project based on the environmental review. The lead agency may not act upon, respond to, or include in any document prepared under NEPA any comment submitted by a cooperating agency that concerns matters that are outside of the cooperating agency's authority and expertise.

Each federal agency must: (1) carry out obligations under other applicable laws concurrently and in conjunction with the review required under NEPA; and (2) make and carry out rules, policies, and procedures as may be reasonably necessary to enable the agency to ensure the completion of the environmental review and environmental decision making process in a timely, coordinated, and environmentally responsible manner.

The bill establishes requirements for initiating and completing environmental review for a project, including requirements with respect to: (1) the range of alternatives to be considered; (2) methodologies for analyzing those alternatives, including potential effects on employment as well as the potential effects of the alternative on low-income communities and communities of color; (3) a plan for coordinating public and agency participation in the environmental review; (4) comment periods for public and agency comments in the environmental review process; and (5) a schedule for completing the review. Cooperating agencies must comply with that schedule.

For projects requiring preparation of an EA, the bill establishes a one-year deadline for issuing a finding of no significant impact or a Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS. For projects requiring preparation of an EIS, the bill establishes a two-year deadline for completing the EIS. Conditions for extensions are established.

The bill sets forth deadlines that apply to projects subject to review under NEPA and any decision under federal law relating to those projects. The bill deems a project to be approved if a federal agency fails to approve or otherwise act upon a permit, license, or other similar application for approval related to a project by those deadlines. Approval that is granted as a result of the failure of a federal agency to act is considered to be final agency action that may not be reversed by an agency.

The bill prescribes responsibilities of the lead agency and the cooperating agencies to work cooperatively to identify and resolve issues that could delay completion of the environmental review or could result in denial of any approvals required for the project under applicable laws.

In the environmental review or environmental decision making process, a lead agency may not use estimates of the monetized damages associated with an incremental increase in carbon dioxide emissions in a given year.

The head of each federal agency must report annually on: (1) the projects for which the agency initiated preparation of an EIS or EA; (2) the projects for which the agency issued a record of decision or a finding of no significant impact and the length of time it took the agency to complete the environmental review for each such project; and (3) the filing and resolution of any lawsuits against the agency seeking judicial review of a permit, license, or approval issued by the agency for an action subject to NEPA.

Limitations are placed on claims arising under federal law seeking judicial review of a permit, license, or approval issued by a federal agency for an action subject to NEPA.