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Last Build Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:12 -0500

 



FISCAL POLICY: New OMB chief faces multiple tests pushing Trump agenda

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:12 -0500

Mick Mulvaney, the new White House budget chief, spent 62 days and endured two tough hearings before being confirmed by a divided Senate yesterday. But as he moves into his new digs in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in the coming days, his massive to-do list might make his contentious confirmation seem easy.



CLIMATE: GOP 'rifle shot' plan for Clean Air Act may include carbon

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:07 -0500

Key lawmakers at the helm of House and Senate panels with jurisdiction over the Clean Air Act are talking about tinkering with U.S. EPA's authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the law.



EPA: Senate Dems protest 'epic ram job' on Pruitt vote

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:09 -0500

Democrats talked through the night on the Senate floor to draw out the confirmation process for Scott Pruitt, President Trump's nominee for U.S. EPA administrator.



TRADE: House Democrats float blueprint for greener NAFTA

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:04 -0500

Top House Democrats who are skeptical of multinational trade deals yesterday unveiled a set of green-tinted principles to guide President Trump in fulfilling his campaign pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.



MARIJUANA: New Cannabis Caucus looks to blunt federal prohibitions

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:14 -0500

It's a little too easy to call the newest coalition on Capitol Hill a joint effort — but it's an apt description for the Cannabis Caucus.



PIPELINES: Trump, members huddle on energy projects, regulatory agencies

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:17 -0500

President Trump talked about pipeline development and streamlining the permitting process during a private huddle yesterday with some of his first House supporters, according to Rep. Kevin Cramer.



ENERGY AND COMMERCE: Brownfields program changes may be start of broader reforms

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:18 -0500

U.S. EPA's brownfields program will likely be the starting point for a renewed congressional push to revisit and "modernize" key environmental laws, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said yesterday at a hearing that otherwise exposed deep partisan rifts on the need for changes to landmark air and water quality statutes.



DEFENSE: Appropriators should fund base cleanups — congresswoman

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:20 -0500

A Hawaii congresswoman yesterday urged appropriators to allocate "robust funding" for environmental cleanup work at military bases.



NEWSMAKER: Political future for Sally Yates could be bright

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:22 -0500

Sally Yates was a national unknown just three weeks ago.



NATIONAL PARKS: Infrastructure bill could tackle maintenance backlog — Daines

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:23 -0500

The chairman of a key Senate subcommittee is eyeing the upcoming push to enact major infrastructure legislation as a vehicle for addressing the National Park Service's multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog.



WATER POLICY: Nelson's bill would tip scales for Fla. in supply fight

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:25 -0500

With a Supreme Court special master favoring Georgia in its long fight with Florida over water supplies, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced legislation yesterday that he hopes will give his state an edge.



PUBLIC LANDS: N.M. gravel mining ban reintroduced

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:27 -0500

New Mexico lawmakers this week introduced bills in both the House and Senate to block gravel mining on federal land north of Albuquerque.



PEOPLE: Libertarian think tank hires climate attorney

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:29 -0500

The libertarian Niskanen Center has hired top climate lawyer David Bookbinder as its chief counsel, the think tank announced yesterday.



PEOPLE: Former Inhofe staffer jumps to Duke Energy

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:31 -0500

Duke Energy Corp. has tapped Louis Renjel, a former staffer for Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma, as its new vice president of federal government affairs and strategic policy.