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Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:47 -0400


SUPREME COURT: 6 takeaways from the Gorsuch hearing

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:47 -0400

President Trump's nominee for the vacant Supreme Court seat is through the tough part of his confirmation hearing: questioning from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. E&E News offers six takeaways from the past two days of questioning

AGENDA: Health care fight bleeds into GOP tax, infrastructure agenda

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:50 -0400

House Speaker Paul Ryan's high-stakes gamble to force a vote on a health care rewrite later today will have consequences for tax overhaul and infrastructure legislation that are being closely followed by the energy and environmental communities.

CLIMATE: Appropriators face 'difficult' fight on foreign aid

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:53 -0400

Republican appropriators on both sides of Capitol Hill have expressed distaste for the Trump administration's "hard power" approach of increasing defense spending while slashing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's budget by more than $10 billion, or 28 percent.

CHESAPEAKE BAY: Trump cuts split Va. GOP candidates in key race

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:05:57 -0400

Republicans running for governor in Virginia this year are split on President Trump's proposed elimination of federal funding to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

CAMPAIGN 2017: Sierra Club backs ex-Wall St. exec for N.J. governor

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:00 -0400

The New Jersey Sierra Club announced yesterday that it was endorsing former Wall Street executive Phil Murphy for governor in this year's election.

INTERIOR: Zinke should testify on Trump budget proposal soon — Grijalva

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:02 -0400

The top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee wants Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to come to Capitol Hill "as soon as possible" to testify about the department's fiscal 2018 budget proposal.

AIR POLLUTION: Proposed EPA cuts punctuate hearing on Clean Air Act bill

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:04 -0400

The official focus of a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing yesterday was a revived Republican bill to rewrite key tenets of the Clean Air Act, but Democrats took it as an opportunity to pre-emptively question the potential impact of newly proposed budget cuts on U.S. EPA.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Bills aim to secure funding through gas tax hike, tax reform

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:07 -0400

House lawmakers have introduced several bills aimed at securing more infrastructure spending.

ENERGY POLICY: Lawmakers discuss keeping the lights on in Puerto Rico

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:10 -0400

House Natural Resources Committee lawmakers yesterday pressed witnesses on the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority's $9 billion debt, which could leave residents of the U.S. territory in the dark.

AGRICULTURE: House committee taps new aides

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:11 -0400

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conway (R-Texas) has appointed two new staff members, he announced yesterday afternoon.

WATER POLLUTION: Bipartisan bill would form nonprofit to help mine cleanups

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:15 -0400

A bipartisan measure to create a nonprofit that would help the Bureau of Land Management clean up the nation's toxic mining legacy re-emerged yesterday in the House.

NOMINATIONS: Labor nominee won't say whether rules will survive Trump

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:17 -0400

Labor secretary nominee Alexander Acosta promised to uphold the agency's rules during his confirmation hearing yesterday, but declined to say whether silica protections or other new standards will survive President Trump's regulatory review.

DEFENSE: Coast Guard chief talks oil spills, climate, funding concerns

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:06:19 -0400

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft discussed key concerns related to the service's work on oil spills, pollution enforcement, fisheries management and ice breaking at a Senate hearing yesterday.