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Last Build Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:20 -0400

 



AGENDA: Tight fiscal deadlines await lawmakers after recess

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:20 -0400

Energy and environment issues will compete with pressing priorities, including avoiding a government shutdown and preventing a financial crisis.



INTERIOR: Watchdog to investigate Zinke's calls to Alaska senators

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:22 -0400

The Interior Department's watchdog said yesterday it would start a "preliminary investigation" into Secretary Ryan Zinke's phone calls to Alaska's Republican senators involving votes on the failed GOP health care bill.



SENATE: Chamber confirms FERC picks, approves ocean trash bill

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:22 -0400

The Senate yesterday capped its extended session with a long-awaited vote on two nominees for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, plus a slew of noncontroversial bills.



DEFENSE: Sage grouse, chemicals amendments await NDAA debate

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:23 -0400

Sage grouse riders have a history of at least trying to find their way into the annual defense policy bill, and this year will be no different.



WILDFIRES: White House supports ending 'fire borrowing'

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:24 -0400

The Trump administration supports ending the practice of "fire borrowing," a Forest Service employee confirmed yesterday during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing.



FORESTS: Bill would cut 'red tape' to help prevent wildfires

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:24 -0400

South Dakota Sen. John Thune (R) introduced legislation to shield national forest managers from some environmental reviews in an effort to expedite forest health projects that reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.



WATER POLICY: Bill would protect savings program from Trump

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:24 -0400

A bipartisan bill in the Senate would formally authorize a decade-old water efficiency program at U.S. EPA in an effort to prevent the Trump administration from cutting it.



MINING: Ore. senators push 2.1M-acre ban

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:25 -0400

Oregon Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley reintroduced legislation this week to ban new mining claims across 2.1 million acres of southeastern Oregon.



POLITICS: Trump puts 'very, very large' squeeze on W.Va. Dems

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 07:08:25 -0400

President Trump's "very, very large announcement" last night left only two Democrats holding statewide office in once true-blue West Virginia.