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EXPERT PROFILE: “How I Got Here: Frank Wisner” by Foreign Affairs Magazine

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Possible WRDA and Energy Bills This Week

Legislative Activity Potential Energy Legislation After the House proposed a narrow version of the energy bill to the Senate, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) proposed a broader bill once again. After a meeting last week with House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chairman Murkowski appeared confident she will get a … Continue Reading

National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House with Cyber Amendments

Legislative Activity National Defense Authorization Act Passes the House with Cyber Amendments Last week, the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for FY 2016 by a 269-151 vote. During the floor debate, a number of amendments related to cybersecurity were added to the bill. Rep. Mark Walker (R-NC) offered two amendments that both … Continue Reading

EPA Proposes New Water Quality Rule; EPA, State Propose International Air Quality Monitoring; Congress to Review FY 16 Budgets for Environment and Natural Resources; Free Admission to National Parks for Kids

Regulatory Activity Clean Water Proposed Rule The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has announced a proposed rule that would allow “changes to pollutant analysis methods that are used by industries and municipalities to analyze the chemical, physical, and biological components of wastewater and other environmental samples that are required by regulations under the Clean Water Act.” … Continue Reading

Malaysian Government Secures MH17 Black Boxes; Kerry Dispatched to Negotiate Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Agreement; Iraq Names New President; Air Algerie Passenger Airliner Crashes

Ukraine Crisis Last week, the Malaysian Government negotiated and secured from the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine the black boxes from the downed passenger airliner (MH17). The Malaysian Government also secured the release of the 298 bodies. The Dutch are leading the investigation on the ground in Ukraine, but have reported difficulty in gaining access to … Continue Reading

President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine to the White House

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Ukraine & Russia On Wednesday, March 12, President Obama will welcome Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Ukraine to the White House. The President and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk are expected to discuss how to find a peaceful resolution to Russia’s ongoing military intervention in Crimea that would respect Ukrainian sovereignty and … Continue Reading

State Department IG Finds No Wrongdoing In Selection of Keystone XL Contractor

Legislative Activity House Schedules “Energy Week” for Legislative Debate This week, the House Republican leadership has planned a thematic “energy week” to organize legislative debate on the floor. The House will consider three rules bills and several non-controversial bills under suspension of the rules. The three rules bills include: (1)  H.R.3826, the “Electricity Security and … Continue Reading

House Energy Committee Approves Bill to Limit EPA GHG Regulatory Authority & Senate Energy Committee Holds Hearing to Examine Oil Export Policy

Legislative Activity House Energy Committee Approves Bill to Limit EPA GHG Regulatory Authority On Tuesday, January 28, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted to favorably report H.R. 3826, the “Electricity Security and Affordability Act,” to the full House by a near party-line vote of 29-19, with only two Democrats – Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) … Continue Reading

Secretary Kerry Travels to France, UK and Italy; Talks Resume with Iran on Nuclear Capabilities; Captured al Qaeda Operative Pleads Not Guilty

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Secretary Kerry Travel This week, Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to France, the United Kingdom and Italy. In Paris, the Secretary will meet with representatives of the Arab League’s Arab Peace Initiative Follow-on Committee to discuss the Middle East Peace Process. Secretary Kerry will also hold a bilateral … Continue Reading

House Appropriators Mark-Up FY 2014 SFOPs Bill; Middle East Peace Talks

Executive and Legislative Branch Activity Egypt The State Department continues to call for an end to perceived arbitrary arrests in Egypt. Despite reported calls in Egypt by Islamists and the opposition for U.S. Ambassador Ann Patterson to leave Cairo, the State Department maintains its support for the embattled veteran Foreign Service officer. Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary … Continue Reading