American Clean Energy and Security Act
Introduced in the House of Representatives as H.R. 2454 by Henry Waxman (D-CA) on May 15, 2009
Committee consideration by Energy and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Financial Services, Education and Labor, Science and Technology, Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Ways and Means | Passed the House on June 26, 2009 (219-212)
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) was an energy bill in the 111th United States Congress (H.R. 2454) that would have established a variant of an emissions trading plan similar to the European Union Emission Trading Scheme. The bill was approved by the House of Representatives on June 26, 2009 by a vote of 219-212, but was defeated in the Senate.
This vote was the “first time either house of Congress had approved a bill meant to curb the heat-trapping gases scientists have linked to climate change.”
The bill was also known as the Waxman-Markey Bill, after its authors, Representatives Henry A. Waxman of California and Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, both Democrats. Waxman was at the time the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Markey was the chairman of that committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee.
Internationally, the House’s passage of the ACES bill “established a marker for the United States when international negotiations on a new climate change treaty begin later this year.” Hearings on the draft of the legislation took place the week of April 20, 2009 and the bill was passed by the House on June 26, 2009. However, in July 2010 it was reported that the Senate would not consider climate change legislation before the end of the legislative term.