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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:17 -0400


APPROPRIATIONS: House begins sorting through dozens of policy, funding fights

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:17 -0400

The House will begin considering nearly 50 amendments related to energy and water issues today, including those related to Yucca Mountain and the social cost of carbon.

TECHNOLOGY: Feds to make new CCS push

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:17 -0400

The federal government and International Energy Agency are planning a push this fall to create "momentum" on carbon capture technology, according to an IEA official.

APPROPRIATIONS: Panel approves bill to cut NOAA and NSF, boost satellites

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:18 -0400

Senate appropriators approved legislation yesterday afternoon that would cut NOAA but boost weather satellite spending during fiscal 2018.

OCEANS: Senators blame Asia, U.S. for creating 'the real sea monster'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:18 -0400

A bipartisan group of senators yesterday blamed the United States and Asian nations for dumping tons of trash in the world's oceans and called for more international pressure to clean up the mess.

LAW: GOP says consent decrees have become a political 'tool'

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:18 -0400

House Republicans yesterday took a broad swipe at consent decrees, raising concerns that federal agencies and special interests use court-approved orders to push political agendas.

AGENDA: Defense bill could hit the floor before recess

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:18 -0400

In a stirring speech yesterday on the Senate floor, Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) touted bipartisan successes over his more than 30-year political career and indicated that the chamber may take up the National Defense Authorization Act before it leaves for recess.

NOMINATIONS: Easy ride for judge who blocked WOTUS

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:19 -0400

A federal judge who has been central in the legal disputes over the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule yesterday had a relatively easy time at his confirmation hearing for a higher court.

PEOPLE: Former Obama DOE official joins Van Hollen

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:19 -0400

Former Obama Department of Energy official Meghan Conklin has joined Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen's office as a policy adviser.

CONGRESS: Party leaders score high disapproval ratings in poll

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:20 -0400

Americans have little regard for congressional leaders of either party, according to a recent poll from Monmouth University.

GOVERNORS: Sandoval to push energy innovation as chair of national group

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:21 -0400

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) took over as chairman of the National Governors Association earlier this month, for a one-year term during which he will focus on innovation in energy and transportation.

ENERGY MARKETS: House easily passes Russian sanctions bill

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:22 -0400

The House yesterday overwhelmingly backed legislation enshrining new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, following weeks of negotiations spanning the Capitol over procedural and substantive complaints.

CONSERVATION: House passes bill to preserve N.Y. island

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:22 -0400

The House yesterday approved legislation to ask the Government Accountability Office to look at options for the future of New York's federally owned Plum Island.

BIOFUELS: Ethanol friends and foes spar in House hearing

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:22 -0400

Advocates and critics of biofuels brought their disagreement over the alternative fuel to a congressional hearing yesterday, as Congress remains stuck over tinkering with federal ethanol mandates.

ENERGY AND COMMERCE: Committee to vote on drinking water, robocars bills

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:23 -0400

The House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow will mark up drinking water and self-driving cars bills.

BROWNFIELDS: T&I panel to mark up cleanup bill

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:23 -0400

Lawmakers are set to move forward on legislation dealing with a key U.S. EPA waste cleanup program.

CYBERSECURITY: Congress gives DHS cyber shakeup second try

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:23 -0400

House lawmakers are making another attempt to fix the Department of Homeland Security's perceived cybersecurity branding problems.

OCEANS: Dems want 11 marine sanctuaries, monuments protected

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:24 -0400

Sixty-five House Democrats yesterday asked the Trump administration to protect 11 marine sanctuaries and marine monuments, fearing they could be opened to oil and gas development.

PESTICIDES: Dems promote legislation to outlaw chlorpyrifos

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 07:08:24 -0400

Democrats pushing legislation to effectively ban a dangerous but widely used pesticide yesterday predicted that science and activism would bolster their cause.