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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:01 -0400

 



FORESTS: Appropriators mull drastic measures against wildfires

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:01 -0400

For members of Congress worried about the rising cost of forest fires, a tone of desperation may be settling in.



PUBLIC LANDS: Murkowski vows to fight proposed Trump cut to county payments

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:03 -0400

A top Senate GOP appropriator said she plans to fight a White House proposal to cut fiscal 2018 funding for a popular tax program that helps communities with federal lands.



PARIS AGREEMENT: As Trump weighs deal, both sides make economic case

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:05 -0400

As President Trump wraps up his tour of Europe and the Middle East, advocates for and against the Paris climate accord — including on Capitol Hill — are deploying economic arguments to persuade him.



CAMPAIGN 2017: Gianforte wins Montana special despite assault charges

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:08 -0400

Republican Greg Gianforte beat Democrat Rob Quist in the special election for Montana's at-large congressional seat yesterday, a win that came 24 hours after he allegedly assaulted a reporter who asked him a question about health care.



TRANSPORTATION: Bipartisan Senate bill would modify fuel economy standards

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:10 -0400

A bipartisan group of senators has introduced legislation to change fuel economy standards.



APPROPRIATIONS: Air regulators list problems with Trump plan to slash grants

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:12 -0400

The Trump administration's plan to slash U.S. EPA grants next year could force state and local regulators to hand back some Clean Air Act implementation work to the federal government, the National Association of Clean Air Agencies warned yesterday.



PIPELINES: Bills would shore up permitting, safety

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:15 -0400

Democratic lawmakers in both chambers unleashed a flurry of legislation this week aimed at oil and gas pipelines in their regions.



TOXICS: Mo. lawmakers push bills to clean Superfund site

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:17 -0400

Missouri lawmakers in the House and Senate have reintroduced legislation to get the West Lake Landfill Superfund site moved from the jurisdiction of U.S. EPA to the Army Corps of Engineers.



REGULATIONS: Meadows offers bill to codify Trump's 2-for-1 order

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:19 -0400

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, has introduced legislation that would codify President Trump's executive order requiring agencies to offset the cost of new rules by eliminating old ones.



NOAA: Ross vows to address 'weird' $13B trade deficit for fish

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:21 -0400

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross yesterday vowed to tackle the nation's $13 billion trade deficit in fish and fish products, telling a House subcommittee that he is "obsessed with the problem."



LAW: Bill would task D.C. courts with weighing presidential orders

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:23 -0400

Republican legislation introduced yesterday would require parties bringing challenges to presidential executive orders to file in federal courts in Washington.



BIOFUELS: Confab seen as first step toward slowing ethanol growth

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:25 -0400

A roundtable meeting yesterday of House Energy and Commerce Committee members on potential changes to the federal renewable fuel standard was a first step toward slowing the growth of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply, a critic of the RFS said.



COAL: McKinley offers House bill to rescue miner pensions

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:28:27 -0400

Rep. David McKinley rolled out legislation yesterday that would rescue pensions for more than 120,000 retired union coal miners.