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Last Build Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:18 -0400


PUBLIC LANDS: Bishop vows bills aimed at Bears Ears, 'damn' Antiquities Act

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:18 -0400

As President Trump prepares to sign an executive order calling for a review of the Antiquities Act and dozens of national monuments that were created by his predecessors, key lawmakers vow to find a legislative solution.

PARIS AGREEMENT: Republicans ramp up their offensive

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:20 -0400

Congressional Republicans have sent President Trump the strongest signal yet of what they want him to do with the Paris Agreement.

APPROPRIATIONS: Funding levels for EPA, Interior up in air as deadline looms

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:23 -0400

Concerns over environmental riders continue to cloud the prospects for fresh funding for U.S. EPA and the Interior Department in a fiscal 2017 omnibus spending package being negotiated by the White House and congressional leaders.

EPA: Sen. Whitehouse files complaint against Pruitt

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:25 -0400

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) has filed a complaint against U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt under the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from politicking.

YUCCA MOUNTAIN: Nev. lawmakers fight GOP bid to revive project

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:27 -0400

Nevada lawmakers are blasting a Republican draft bill aimed at starting talks over the stalled Yucca Mountain nuclear repository northwest of Las Vegas.

AGRICULTURE: Farm bill and Russia: Mike Conway promises to 'get both done'

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:30 -0400

House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) said yesterday he can juggle helping write a farm bill and also lead a congressional inquiry into Russian meddling in U.S. politics.

NATIONAL PARKS: Bill would prohibit mining near Yellowstone

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:32 -0400

Montana Democratic Sen. Jon Tester introduced legislation yesterday to strengthen a ban on new mining just outside Yellowstone National Park.

NOMINATIONS: Senators move on Labor, Justice, trade picks

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:35 -0400

The Senate yesterday confirmed Maryland federal prosecutor Rod Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general on a strong bipartisan 94-6 vote.

CAMPAIGN 2017: Populism, pipelines and the Confederacy divide Va. race

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:40 -0400

WAKEFIELD, Va. — On a hot Virginia afternoon last week, Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart struck the speaker's podium at a popular annual event in a town that calls itself "The Peanut Capital of the World" and pointed to the sky. Framed by a backdrop of swaying yellow pine, Stewart easily drowned out the drone of the plane circling overhead, towing a banner with his name, the date of the Virginia primary and the Confederate flag.

CAMPAIGN 2018: End Citizens United backs 19 House incumbents

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 07:15:42 -0400

End Citizens United, a political action committee dedicated to reducing the influence of money in politics, endorsed 19 House Democrats for re-election yesterday — less than half of who face competitive races in 2018.