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Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:58:55 -0500


ENERGY POLICY: Top lawmakers vie for E&C subcommittee gavel

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:58:55 -0500

There's a behind-the-scenes contest for the gavel of the Energy and Commerce Committee's powerful investigative subcommittee.

AGENDA: Senate advances nominees, readies Interior-EPA bill

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:58:59 -0500

Despite earlier Senate Republican threats to work through part of the Thanksgiving recess, lawmakers left for the break with a packaged agenda waiting for their return.

EXTREME WEATHER: White House request to fall short of expectations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:01 -0500

The White House today is expected to request an additional $44 billion to help states and territories hit by storms and wildfires, sources said yesterday. Details have yet to be released.

TAX POLICY: Senators skirmish over coalfield, oil breaks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:04 -0500

The Senate Finance Committee late last night approved the chamber's Republican tax overhaul after briefly detouring into debate on a pair of energy-related amendments.

OIL AND GAS: Coast Guard can't clean up Great Lakes spill — commandant

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:06 -0500

The Coast Guard is not prepared to clean up a large-scale pipeline spill in the Great Lakes, the agency's chief said yesterday.

AGRICULTURE: House Dems want to modernize farm bill

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:08 -0500

A group of House Democrats said yesterday they believe the time is right for big changes in farm policy, including boosting conservation programs and monitoring greenhouse gas emissions from big livestock farms.

ENERGY POLICY: Banking bill safeguards renewables financing — Dems

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:09 -0500

The Senate Banking Committee is moving to protect the ability of homeowners to finance renewable energy or efficiency improvements, a pair of Democratic senators said.

WATER POLICY: Chesapeake Bay senators work to increase conservation funding

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:11 -0500

Senators from the Chesapeake Bay area want to triple the amount of funding aimed at preventing nutrient pollution from running off farms and into nearby watersheds.

FORESTS: Bill aims to get management projects 'out of the courtroom'

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 06:59:14 -0500

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) yesterday introduced legislation to speed forest-thinning projects in the Forest Service's Northern Region.