Tag Archives: House Committee on Natural Resources

Senate Moving on Infrastructure; House to Consider Brownfields Reauthorization

Legislative Activity Energy Infrastructure Moving forward with her previously announced effort to write draft legislation to address energy infrastructure for the larger anticipated infrastructure bill, Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) will hold a hearing on Tuesday, April 4 to consider methods to protect the electricity grid and associated energy … Continue Reading

USDA Secretary-Nominee Confirms Support for RFS; House and Senate To Consider ESA, Brownfields, Energy and Water; NOAA Seeks Marine Experts

Executive Action USDA Secretary-Nominee Perdue Confirms Support for RFS During last week’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry’s confirmation hearing for former Governor Sonny Perdue to become Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), lawmakers questioned Perdue on his support for various programs affecting the agricultural sector, rural communities, and conservation efforts. Of … Continue Reading

President Trump Requests 2018 Budgets Slashed for EPA, Energy, Interior and Water; Upcoming Executive Orders for Oil and Gas

Executive Branch Activity  EPA, DOE, Interior, and Water 2018 Budgets Cut in President Trump’s Request to Congress EPA:  President Donald Trump’s FY 2018 budget request, which was released last week, included a significant 31.4 percent decrease for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), from the current funding level of $8.2 billion to $5.7 billion. This represents the … Continue Reading

Resolution Repealing BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Sent to the President; Vote on Rescinding Methane Rule Put on Hold

Legislative Activity Resolution Repealing BLM’s Planning 2.0 Rule Sent to the President Last week, the Senate passed H. J. Res 44, using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to rescind the Bureau of Land Management’s Resource Management Planning rule, known as the BLM Planning 2.0 Rule, by a vote of 51-48. The House passed the resolution … Continue Reading

WOTUS Changes on Horizon; House Hearing on Water Infrastructure; Senate Hearing on Nuclear Energy Innovation and Modernization Act

Executive Action Waters of the US On Tuesday, February 28, President Donald Trump signed an executive order (EO) directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to revise or rescind the Obama Administration’s controversial “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule which defines the scope of the federal government’s regulatory … Continue Reading

Senate to Vote on Secretary for the Department of the Interior; House Hearings on Social Cost of Carbon and Water Infrastructure

Legislative Activity Cabinet Update  The Senate is expected to continue voting on President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. A floor vote for the confirmation of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior is expected to take place this week. The Senate is scheduled to proceed to a cloture … Continue Reading

Senate Passes WRDA Bill With Funding for Flint; House To Consider WRDA This Week

Legislative Activity Senate Passes WRDA Bill with Funding for Flint Last week, the Senate passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) (S. 2848) by a vote of 95-3. The $10.6 billion bill would authorize projects to be carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to address navigation, flood protection and … Continue Reading

Senate To Possibly Advance Energy Bill; House To Examine Development Opportunities For The Mancos; Interior Moves Forward With Ocean Planning; EPA Tackles Haze

Legislative Action Comprehensive Energy Bill While leadership continues its discussion, it is possible that the Senate may consider a vote to proceed to conference on the comprehensive House and Senate Energy bills before July 15. Should a vote for conference succeed, Senate conferees would need to be selected and conference would not begin until after … Continue Reading

Congress Finally Moving on Flint Funding; House Contemplates Future of Fossil Fuels and Public Lands; EPA Proposes Clean Air Visibility Rule

Legislative Action Flint and Water Infrastructure Funding In our continued tracking of the package of federal funding for Flint’s water crisis,the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee recently favorably reported its Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes $220 million in funding in a combination of grants and loans for both Flint and for drinking water … Continue Reading

Senate Expected To Continue Floor Consideration of Energy Bill; Department of Interior Approves Deepwater Horizon Restoration Project in Florida

Legislative Activity Senate Floor Consideration of Comprehensive Energy Bill The Senate has been trying to conclude its floor consideration of S. 2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016. Last week, a motion to invoke cloture was offered but the Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to end debate on the bill. Democrats refused to … Continue Reading

House and Senate Moving on Energy Bills; Spill Prevention and Coastal Management Also To Be Considered

Legislative Activity House and Senate “Comprehensive” Energy Bills Last week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a markup of its comprehensive energy legislation that will be considered by the full House in the weeks ahead. In the Senate, Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Ranking Member Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced … Continue Reading

EPA To Hold Public Hearings On Clean Power Plan; Environmental Projects on US/Mexico Border; Wind Sale Off Coast of New Jersey

Regulatory Activity EPA to Hold Public Hearings on Clean Power Plan This week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold public hearings in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh to receive comments on its proposed Clean Power Plan. EPA’s Clean Power Plan intends to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below … Continue Reading
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