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Electricity Security and Affordability Act (official title to be confirmed).

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Electricity Security and Affordability Act (official title to be confirmed).

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  • Sept. 18, 2014Terry, R-Neb., House speech: Discusses the incorporated bill. (Colloquy with several members.) Congressional Record p. H7864-H7869

  • Sept. 15, 2014 — Provisions of the bill are included in HR 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. Please see HR 2 for further action on that bill.

  • July 31, 2014 — Provisions of the bill are included in HR 5360, the American Renaissance in Manufacturing Act. Please see HR 5360 for further action on that bill.

  • June 20, 2014Negrete McLeod, D-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 101-106, and would have voted nay on 101 and 106, and yea on 102-105 if present. Congressional Record p. E1030

  • June 11, 2014Walberg, R-Mich., House speech: Discusses the bill. Congressional Record p. H5254

  • May 29, 2014Daines, R-Mont., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H4925

  • May 29, 2014Rahall, D-W.Va., House speech: Supports the bill. Congressional Record p. H4918

  • May 8, 2014 — Placed on the Senate Legislative Calendar by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S2832, S2874

  • May 7, 2014 — Received in the Senate and read the first time. Congressional Record p. S2793, S2823

  • March 14, 2014Schneider, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 101-106, and would have voted nay on 103-105, yea on 101 and 106 if present. Congressional Record p. E390

  • March 13, 2014C. McCarthy, D-N.Y., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 101-106, and intended to vote yea on 102-105 and nay on 101 and 106 if present. Congressional Record p. E373

  • March 11, 2014Crawford, R-Ark., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 102-106, and would have voted nay on 102-105 and yea on 106 if present. Congressional Record p. E349

  • March 11, 2014G. Green, D-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote nos. 101 - 106, and would have voted nay on 101 and 106, and yea on 102-105 if present. Congressional Record p. E355

  • March 11, 2014Crawford, R-Ark., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 101, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E349

  • March 10, 2014Gosar, R-Ariz., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no. 106, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E339

  • March 10, 2014 — Received in the Senate and held at the desk. Congressional Record p. S1415

  • March 6, 2014Dingell, D-Mich., House speech: Opposes the bill. Congressional Record p. E358-E359

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 106 EPA Regulations — Passage
    Passage of the bill that would limit EPA regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants under the 1963 air pollution control law. It would nullify EPA's recently issued rules for new electricity-generating power plants and restrict EPA to setting national standards for new plants that have already been adopted by at least six nationally disbursed plants. It also would block EPA regulation of existing power plants unless Congress later allows EPA to do so. As amended, it would prohibit performance standards to be based on a foreign-developed technology unless it has been successfully used at a U.S. power plant. Passed 229-183. Note: A "nay" was a vote in support of the president's position. Congressional Record p. H2214

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 105 EPA Regulations — Recommit
    Brownley, D-Calif., motion to recommit the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee and report it back immediately with an amendment that would clarify that the bill would not apply to rules that lower the cost of electricity for consumers. Motion rejected 184-223. Congressional Record p. H2211-H2214

  • March 6, 2014 — Committee of the Whole amendment adopted by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H2211

  • March 6, 2014 — House Energy and Commerce Committee amendment, in the nature of a substitute, adopted by voice vote. Congressional Record p. H2211

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 104 EPA Regulations — Effective Date
    Waxman, D-Calif., amendment that would delay the bill's effective date until the Energy Information Administration can certify that another federal program, other than one under the 1963 air pollution control law, will reduce carbon pollution in at least equivalent quantities and with similar timing to the reductions required under the rules and guidelines addressed by the bill. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 178-231. Congressional Record p. H2210-H2211

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 103 EPA Regulations — Greenhouse Gas Impacts
    Schakowsky, D-Ill., amendment that would add language stating that Congress accepts the EPA's findings that greenhouse gas pollution contributes to long-lasting climate changes that can impact human health and the environment. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 190-221. Congressional Record p. H2210

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 102 EPA Regulations — Foreign Pollution Control Technology
    Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would allow the EPA to consider pollution control technologies being used outside the United States when setting new power plant emission standards. Rejected in Committee of the Whole 184-228. Congressional Record p. H2209-H2210

  • March 6, 2014House Vote 101 EPA Regulations — Emission Reduction Standards
    Smith, R-Texas, amendment that would apply the bill's criteria for setting emission reduction standards for new coal-based power plants to any new fossil fuel-based power plant. Adopted in Committee of the Whole 230-184. Congressional Record p. H2209

  • March 6, 2014 — Considered and amended by the House. Congressional Record p. H2208-H2215

  • March 5, 2014Van Hollen, D-Md., House speech: Opposes the bill. Congressional Record p. E319

  • March 5, 2014 — Waxman, D-Calif., amendment no. 8, to provide that the bill takes effect when the administrator of the EIA certifies that another federal program, other than one under section 111 of the Clean Air Act, will reduce carbon pollution in at least equivalent quantities, with similar timing and from the same sources as the reductions required under the rules and guidelines nullified by section 4, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2194-H2195

  • March 5, 2014 — Schakowsky, D-Ill., amendment no. 6, to accept the scientific finding of the EPA that greenhouse gas pollution is "contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects," pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2191-H2192

  • March 5, 2014 — Latta, R-Ohio, amendment no. 7, to clarify that the definition of "demonstration project" refers to projects that are receiving federal government funding or financial assistance, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2193-H2194

  • March 5, 2014 — McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment no. 5, to require the EPA to look at the economic impact of such rule or guidelines, including the potential effects on: require capital investments and projected costs for operation and maintenance of new equipment required to be installed; and the global competitiveness of the United States, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2190-H2191

  • March 5, 2014 — McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment no. 4, to require the EPA when submitting their report to Congress to consult with the Energy Information Administration; comptroller general; National Energy Technology Laboratory and the National Institute for Standards and Technology, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2190

  • March 5, 2014 — Capito, R-W.Va., amendment no. 3, to clarify that the bill does not preclude a performance standard that is based on a technology developed in a foreign country, as long as that technology has been demonstrated to be achievable at a power plant in the United States, adopted by voice vote. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2189-H2190

  • March 5, 2014 — Capps, D-Calif., amendment no. 2, to allow the EPA to consider all pollution control technologies being used in the United States or elsewhere when setting new power plant emission standards, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2188-H2189

  • March 5, 2014 — Smith, R-Texas, amendment no. 1, to require the administrator to apply the specific criteria, under the bill, for setting a standard based on the best system of emission reduction for new sources within the coal category, when setting a standard for any fossil fuel category, pending at recess. Amendment text. Congressional Record p. H2186-H2188

  • March 5, 2014 — Considered by the House. Congressional Record p. H2178-H2192

  • March 5, 2014House Vote 94 Individual Mandate and EPA Regulations — Rule
    Adoption of the rule (H Res 497) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 4118) that would delay, until January 2015, the individual mandate tax penalty under the 2010 health care overhaul and legislation (HR 3826) that would limit the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants. Adopted 228-182. Congressional Record p. H2167

  • March 5, 2014House Vote 93 Individual Mandate and EPA Regulations — Previous Question
    Burgess, R-Texas, motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on the rule (H Res 497) that would provide for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 4118) that would delay, until January 2015, the individual mandate tax penalty under the 2010 health care overhaul and legislation (HR 3826) that would limit the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fueled power plants. Motion agreed to 221-184. Congressional Record p. H2166-H2167

  • March 4, 2014 — Rules Committee resolution, H Res 497, reported to the House as a rule for HR 3826.

  • March 4, 2014Statement of Administration Policy issued by Office of Management and Budget.

  • March 4, 2014 — House Rules Committee granted by record vote of 5-4, a structured rule for HR 3826; the rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; the rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill; the rule makes in order as original text for the purpose of amendment an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of House Rules Committee Print 113-40 and provides that it shall be considered as read; the rule waives all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute; the rule makes in order only those further amendments printed in the House Rules Committee report; each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question; the rule waives all points of order against the amendments printed in the report; the rule provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions; in section 2, the rule provides a closed rule for HR 4118; the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the House Ways and Means Committee; the rule waives all points of order against consideration of the bill; the rule provides that the bill shall be considered as read; the rule waives all points of order against provisions in the bill; the rule provides one motion to recommit; testimony was heard from Reps. Jenkins, R-Kan., McDermott, D-Wash., Whitfield, R-Ky., and Waxman, D-Calif. Congressional Record p. H2142-H2143, H2147, D219

  • March 4, 2014 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Rules Committee.

    March 4, 2014 — Committee Vote: Rule for Floor Consideration of HR 4118, Individual Mandate; HR 3826, EPA Regulations — Open Rule
    L. Slaughter, D-N.Y. —

    Amendment that would provide an open rule for House floor consideration of the bill (HR 4118) that would delay until 2015, the requirement in the 2010 health care overhaul (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) that most individuals maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.

    It also would provide a structured rule for consideration of a measure (HR 3826) that would restrict the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions by coal-fired power plants.

    Rejected 4-5.

    March 4, 2014 — Committee Vote: Rule for Floor Consideration of HR 4118, Individual Mandate; HR3826, EPA Regulations — Vote to Report

    Provide a closed rule for House floor consideration of HR 4118, a measure that would delay until January 2015, the requirement in the 2010 health care overhaul (PL 111-148, PL 111-152) that most individuals maintain health insurance coverage or pay a penalty.

    The rule would provide one hour of debate for HR 4118, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Ways and Means Committee. It would waive all points of order against the bill’s provisions and consideration and allow for one motion to recommit.

    It also would provide a structured rule for House floor consideration of HR 3826, a measure that would restrict the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions by coal-fired power plants.

    The bill would require any EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants to already have been achieved by at least six power plants over the course of a year and on a full commercial basis.

    The rule would provide one hour of debate for the EPA bill, equally divided and controlled by the chairman and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    It would waive all points of order against the bill’s provisions and consideration.

    The rule would also allow for one motion to recommit.

    It would make in order the following amendments, each debatable for 10 minutes:

    • Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., amendment that would clarify that the bill does not preclude a performance standard that is based on a technology developed in a foreign country, as long as that technology has been demonstrated to be achievable at a power plant in the United States.
    • David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would require the EPA to consult with the Energy Information Administration, Comptroller General, National Energy Technology Laboratory and the National Institute for Standards and Technology when submitting their report to Congress.
    • David B. McKinley, R-W.Va., amendment that would require the EPA to include in its report to Congress, the economic impact of rules or guidelines, including the potential effects on capital investments and projected costs for operation and maintenance of new equipment required to be installed and the global competitiveness of the United States.
    • Lamar Smith, R-Texas, amendment that would require the EPA administrator, when setting standards for any fossil fuel category, to apply the same criteria for setting standards for the best system of emission reduction for new sources within the coal category.
    • Lois Capps, D-Calif., amendment that would allow the EPA to consider all pollution control technologies being used in the United States or elsewhere when setting new power plant emission standards.
    • Henry A. Waxman, D-Calif., amendment that would clarify that the bill would only take effect once the administrator of the Energy Information Administration certifies that another federal program, will reduce carbon pollution in at least equivalent quantities and with similar timing to the reductions required under the rules and guidelines eliminated in the underlying measure.
    • Bob Latta, R-Ohio, amendment that would clarify that the term "demonstration project" refers to projects that are receiving federal government funding or financial assistance.
    • Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., amendment that would add language to accept the EPA’s finding that "greenhouse gas pollution threatens the American public’s health and welfare by contributing to long-lasting changes in our climate that can have a range of negative effects on human health and the environment."
    • Ordered reported favorably to the full House 5-4.

  • Feb. 28, 2014 — Reported to the House by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 113-365Congressional Record p. H2097

  • Feb. 28, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 13

    Bishop, R. (R-Utah)Johnson, S. (R-Texas)Roby, (R-Ala.)
    Byrne, (R-Ala.)Kelly, (R-Pa.)Shuster, Bill (R-Pa.)
    Flores, (R-Texas)Kline, J. (R-Minn.)Smith, Lamar (R-Texas)
    Foxx, (R-N.C.)Luetkemeyer, (R-Mo.)
    Gibbs, B. (R-Ohio)Renacci, (R-Ohio)
  • Feb. 26, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Bucshon, (R-Ind.)Messer, (R-Ind.)Noem, (R-S.D.)
    McIntyre, (D-N.C.)Mullin, (R-Okla.)Pearce, (R-N.M.)
  • Feb. 14, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Goodlatte, R. (R-Va.)
  • Feb. 10, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Gosar, (R-Ariz.)Rogers, Mike D. (R-Ala.)
  • Jan. 28, 2014 — Energy & Commerce Committee vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants-Vote to Report
    Ordered reported favorably to the full House 29-19.

  • Jan. 28, 2014 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Effective Date
      Waxman, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would trigger the bill’s effective date upon certification by the administrator of the Energy Information Administration that a different federal program will reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants by the same amount.

    Rejected 18-28.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Carbon Capture Early Deployment Program
      Yarmuth, D-Ky. —

    Amendment that would strike provisions in the bill that would nullify EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants issued before the bill’s enactment.

    The amendment also would create a Carbon Storage Research Corporation for the purpose of establishing and administering a program to accelerate the commercial-scale deployment of carbon dioxide capture and storage technologies and methods.

    Under the program, the corporation would be authorized to award grants, contracts and financial assistance to fossil-fuel fired power plants or consortium.

    To fund financial assistance to participating power plants, the corporation would be required to collect assessments on utilities for all fossil fuel-based electricity delivered directly to retail consumers. Total revenues generated by utility assessments would be required to be at least $1 billion, but not exceed $1.1 billion.

    The amendment would require the corporation to issue an annual report to Congress, the Energy secretary and state regulatory authorities that details programs and projects undertaken in the previous year.

    The amendment also would require the Energy secretary, within six months of enactment, to issue a final rule for determining the level and type of fossil fuel-based electricity delivered to retail customers by each utility in the United States during a given period.

    Rejected 16-30.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Recognition of EPA Findings on Greenhouse Gas Pollution
      Schakowsky, D-Ill. —

    Amendment that would add a provision to the bill stating that Congress accepts the EPA’s finding that greenhouse gas pollution contributes to long-term climate change and threatens public health and welfare.

    Rejected 20-24.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Inclusion of Plants Outside of the U.S.
      Capps, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would permit power plants outside of the United States to count toward the requirement for total power plants that must meet emissions standards before they are enacted by the EPA.

    Rejected 18-26.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Demonstration Projects
      McNerney, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would strike provisions in the bill that would prohibit the results from demonstration projects from being used to set emissions standards.

    Rejected by voice vote.

    Jan. 28, 2014 — Committee Vote: EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Coal-Fired Power Plants — Vote to Report

    Require any EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants to already have been achieved by at least six power plants over the course of a year and on a full commercial basis.

    The six units would have to collectively represent the operating characteristics of electric generation at different locations in the U.S.

    Results from demonstration projects could not be used to set the standards.

    The bill also would require the EPA administrator to set a separate subcategory for new power plants fueled by lignite coal. The bill would set similar parameters for these standards, but would require them to have been met by three power plants.

    The bill also would require EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants to handle natural gas and coal-fired power plants separately.

    Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from existing or modified fossil-fuel-fired power plants could not take effect until Congress clears a separate law setting the start date and the EPA administrator sends a report to Congress. The report would need to include the text of the rule or guidelines, economic impacts and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are projected to be cut compared to worldwide emissions.

    The bill also would nullify any EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants issued before the bill’s enactment.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House 29-19.
  • Jan. 27, 2014 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

  • Jan. 27, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 6

    Bachus, S. (R-Ala.)Harper, (R-Miss.)Schock, (R-Ill.)
    Graves, S. (R-Mo.)King, S. (R-Iowa)Southerland (R-Fla.)
  • Jan. 15, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    Brady, K. (R-Texas)Massie, (R-Ky.)
    Kingston, J. (R-Ga.)Stutzman, (R-Ind.)
  • Jan. 14, 2014 — House Energy and Commerce Committee, Energy & Power Subcommittee vote: Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants-Vote to Approve
    Approved for full committee consideration 18-11.

  • Jan. 14, 2014 — Subcommittee consideration and markup held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

    Jan. 14, 2014 — Subcommittee Vote: Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants — Alternative Program
      Waxman, D-Calif. —

    Amendment that would trigger the bill’s effective date upon certification by the administrator of the Energy Information Administration that a different federal program will reduce carbon pollution from fossil fuel-fired power plants by the same amount.

    Rejected 10-19.

    Jan. 14, 2014 — Subcommittee Vote: Regulation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants — Vote to Approve

    Require any EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants to already have been achieved by at least six power plants over the course of a year and on a full commercial basis.

    The six units would have to collectively represent the operating characteristics of electric generation at different locations in the U.S.

    Results from demonstration projects could not be used to set the standards.

    The bill also would require the EPA administrator to set a separate subcategory for new power plants fueled by lignite coal. The bill would set similar parameters for these standards, but would require them to have been met by three power plants.

    The bill also would require EPA standards for greenhouse gas emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants to handle natural gas and coal-fired power plants separately.

    Standards for greenhouse gas emissions from existing or modified fossil fuel-fired power plants could not take effect until Congress enacts a separate law setting the start date and the EPA administrator sends a report to Congress. The report would need to include the text of the rule or guidelines, economic impacts, and the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that are projected to be cut compared to worldwide emissions.

    The bill also would nullify any EPA regulations of greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel-fired power plants issued before the bill’s enactment.

    Approved for full committee consideration 18-11.
  • Jan. 13, 2014 — Subcommittee consideration and markup held by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power.

  • Jan. 13, 2014 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Kinzinger, (R-Ill.)Sessions, P. (R-Texas)
  • Jan. 9, 2014 — Original cosponsor(s): 59

    Aderholt, R. (R-Ala.)Guthrie, (R-Ky.)Rokita, (R-Ind.)
    Barletta, (R-Pa.)Hall, R. (R-Texas)Ross, D. (R-Fla.)
    Barr, (R-Ky.)Harris, (R-Md.)Rothfus, (R-Pa.)
    Barrow, (D-Ga.)Hartzler, (R-Mo.)Scalise, (R-La.)
    Barton, J. (R-Texas)Jenkins, L. (R-Kan.)Sensenbrenner, (R-Wis.)
    Bilirakis, G. (R-Fla.)Johnson, B. (R-Ohio)Sewell, (D-Ala.)
    Brooks, M. (R-Ala.)Lamborn, (R-Colo.)Shimkus, (R-Ill.)
    Capito, (R-W.Va.)Latta, (R-Ohio)Smith, Adrian (R-Neb.)
    Cassidy, (R-La.)Long, (R-Mo.)Smith, J. (R-Mo.)
    Conaway, (R-Texas)Lummis, (R-Wyo.)Stivers, (R-Ohio)
    Cotton, (R-Ark.)Matheson, (D-Utah)Terry, (R-Neb.)
    Cramer, (R-N.D.)McKinley, (R-W.Va.)Thompson, G. (R-Pa.)
    Crawford, (R-Ark.)Murphy, T. (R-Pa.)Tiberi, (R-Ohio)
    Daines, (R-Mont.)Olson, (R-Texas)Wagner, (R-Mo.)
    Davis, R. (R-Ill.)Peterson, C. (D-Minn.)Walorski, (R-Ind.)
    Ellmers, (R-N.C.)Pitts, (R-Pa.)Westmoreland, L. (R-Ga.)
    Enyart, (D-Ill.)Pompeo, (R-Kan.)Womack, (R-Ark.)
    Gardner, (R-Colo.)Rahall (D-W.Va.)Young, D. (R-Alaska)
    Griffin, (R-Ark.)Roe, (R-Tenn.)Young, T. (R-Ind.)
    Griffith, (R-Va.)Rogers, H. (R-Ky.)
  • Jan. 9, 2014 — Companion measure, S 1905, introduced by Manchin, D-W.Va.

  • Jan. 9, 2014 — Read twice and referred to: House Energy and Commerce.Congressional Record p. H134