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DAKOTA ACCESS: Celebration quickly turns to Trump strategy

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:18 -0500

The Obama administration's decision last night to withhold a final approval for the Dakota Access pipeline not only signaled a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe — it also deepened the battle lines between anti-fossil activists and the incoming Trump administration.

AGENDA: Congress eyes exit after defense bill, WRDA and spending

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:21 -0500

Lawmakers are set to avoid a government shutdown this week by passing stopgap spending legislation to fund agencies into the spring before adjourning the 114th Congress.

INTERIOR: Former House aide joins Trump; Bishop advises on monuments

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:24 -0500

A veteran of the House Natural Resources Committee staff has joined President-elect Donald Trump's Interior Department transition team.

LEADERSHIP: Parties continue filling top House committee spots

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:26 -0500

Only about a third of the House chairmen will turn over in the 115th Congress, but new leaders are on tap for top spending and energy authorizing panels.

WATER POLICY: WRDA deal 'imminent'; passage expected this week

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:28 -0500

Congress is on the brink of passing a massive water resources bill this week, as negotiators hammer out the final details on a deal to help Flint, Mich., and other cities with crumbling infrastructure.

ENERGY POLICY: 'Maybe, perhaps' a deal will happen — Bishop

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:30 -0500

With lawmakers looking to shut the door on the 114th Congress by the end of the week, it's D-Day for the two-year push to enact the first major energy bill in almost a decade.

AUTONOMOUS CARS: Roundtable to examine technology impact on transportation

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:32 -0500

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee members will learn about how self-driving cars could impact the nation's transportation system during a policy roundtable next week.

PUBLIC LANDS: Bills to boost Park Service funding, others headed to floor

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:34 -0500

The House this week is poised to pass a bill to provide new revenue for the cash-strapped National Park Service and another to extend an energy efficiency exemption for security and safety systems.

VW SCANDAL: EPA to defend settlement's charging infrastructure provision

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:36 -0500

After Republican lawmakers expressed concern that Volkswagen could unfairly benefit from its air emissions settlement with U.S. EPA, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee is holding a hearing with regulators tomorrow to discuss the $14.7 billion agreement.

FISHERIES: Panel to renew attempt to kill USDA catfish inspections

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:38 -0500

Lawmakers will continue a yearslong effort to halt catfish inspections at the Department of Agriculture with a hearing this week on the program's "waste and duplication."

FEDERAL AGENCIES: Lawmakers to check on transparency law

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:41 -0500

Lawmakers will check up on a sweeping, governmentwide data transparency law this week.

INTERIOR: Panel probes impact of falsified data from USGS lab

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:43 -0500

A House panel is set to grill a top U.S. Geological Survey official tomorrow over years of data manipulation at a now-shuttered laboratory near Denver.

DEMOCRATS: Would-be DNC chairmen spar over Dakota Access pipeline

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:45 -0500

DENVER — Debate over the Dakota Access oil pipeline briefly took center stage Friday as contenders vying to lead the Democrats back from the political wilderness next cycle sparred over how to best manage the national party.

PEOPLE: Reid aide heads to lobbying firm

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 06:50:47 -0500

Ryan Mulvenon, a longtime aide to Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, is joining Cassidy & Associates, a prominent lobbying firm.