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Last Build Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:03 -0400


APPROPRIATIONS: Senate clears omnibus after nearly derailing over wilderness

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:03 -0400

Shortly after midnight, and after Sen. Jim Risch (R-Idaho) attempted to stop final passage, the Senate passed the omnibus bill for fiscal 2018. It is expected to be signed by President Trump later today.

NOMINATIONS: White confirmed after Perry assures Barrasso; Wheeler advances

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:03 -0400

The Senate last night confirmed Anne White to a key position at the Department of Energy.

APPROPRIATIONS: Winners and losers in the omnibus

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:03 -0400

At about 4 inches thick and comprising more than 2,200 pages, the $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus passed yesterday in the House and shortly after midnight in the Senate (see related story) in a series of carefully crafted political trade-offs aimed at winning bipartisan support.

NEWSMAKER: Sen. Gary Peters: Pipeline foe and motorcycle fanatic

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:04 -0400

If you spend enough time with Sen. Gary Peters, chances are good he'll mention motorcycles.

FORESTS: Liberals got 'their way' with wildfire fix — Bishop

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:05 -0400

House Natural Resources Chairman Rob Bishop yesterday slammed a wildfire funding compromise as the work of liberals who'd held firm against forest management reforms.

OFFSHORE DRILLING: Fla. Republican says state's coastline is safe under Trump

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:06 -0400

A Florida Republican who represents a Gulf Coast district says he is "absolutely certain" there will be no drilling off the coast of his state while Donald Trump is president.

DOE: Perry defends proposed cuts to renewable energy research

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:06 -0400

Energy Secretary Rick Perry yesterday defended the Trump administration's proposed deep budget cuts to renewable energy research.

TRADE: Ross seeks to assure Hill on tariff exclusions

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:07 -0400

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross promised lawmakers yesterday the administration will attempt to minimize the economic pain on domestic industry sectors as it implements steel and aluminum tariffs that kick in today.

CLIMATE: Barrasso, Whitehouse float CO2 capture bill

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:08 -0400

A coal-state Republican and New England Democrat outspoken about climate change joined forces yesterday in introducing Senate legislation to boost technologies that would remove carbon dioxide from fossil fuels and the air.

WESTERN WATER: Conservation and infrastructure seen as drought solutions

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:08 -0400

Senators discussed the importance of both new water storage infrastructure and beefed-up water conservation efforts at a hearing yesterday on three bills related to drought resilience.

CALIFORNIA: Big Oil money, Exxon's climate legacy loom over AG race

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:56:09 -0400

Pressure to investigate Exxon Mobil Corp.'s handling of climate change and other environmental issues are heating up the race for California's attorney general.