House is in, Senate is out, and the WH is busy

Update: While the WH keeps up its pressure advancing gun control measures through a mix of executive orders and legislative proposals and the Senate is in recess, the House will convene today at 10 AM for legislative business. The first votes are expected between 1:30 – 2PM with last votes expected between 7-8PM. The House will be considering up to $50 billion in additional aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Of particular interest today is the Flores amendment which would strip $150 M from the bill earmarked for grant programs used to support marine spacial planning (ocean zoning) and implement the Obama Administration’s National Ocean Policy. The funding could be used or repurposed to support efforts designed to limit and complicate ocean resource utilization.

Consumer Energy Alliance President David Holt sent a letter to Speaker Boehner and House Rules Committee Chairman Sessions expressing concerns about the funding. A copy of the letter can be viewed here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/lqilto6af8nvs5l/Final%20CEA%20Letter%20on%20ROP%20Provision.pdf

The amendments and debate time approved for consideration to HR 152 are listed below:

Rep. Hal Rogers Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
Reps. Mulvaney / McClintock / Duncan (SC) / Lummis Second Degree Amendment to Rogers (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen Amendment
(20 minutes of debate)
Rep. Bill Flores Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jon Runyan Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Paul Broun Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Jeff Duncan Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Reps. Campbell / Blumenauer Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Nydia Velázquez Second Degree Amendment #56 to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. John Fleming Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Dan Benishek Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Rob Bishop Second Degree Amendment to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Rep. Nydia Velázquez Second Degree Amendment #54 to Frelinghuysen (10 minutes of debate)
Following the disposition of the amendments and a final vote on the legislation, the House will recess with Republicans heading to Williamsburg, VA for their annual retreat.

Other items of interest:

IHS Cera released a new study identifying refining capacity and market opportunities for Canadian oil sands crude http://bit.ly/TVOV0G

AOL-Energy released its 2013 Oil and Gas Market Outlook http://t.co/tTl9SmjD

BOEM has scheduled public seminars in Rhode Island and Virginia to explain how offshore wind developers can participate in upcoming auctions for renewable energy development in federal waters offshore Rhode Island/Massachusetts and Virginia. The lease sales, which will be held later this year and are the first-ever competitive auctions for renewable energy development on the Outer Continental Shelf. More is available at: http://1.usa.gov/V6d7Ah

At 3PM today, the DOE will host an online event explaining the importance and issues associated with critical materials utilized by many alternative energy industries. More information can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/106dT1w

New member of the day: Representative Chris Stewart (R-UT-02)

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Experience: Chris Stewart is a New York Times best-selling author, an Air Force pilot, and a small business owner. He grew up on a dairy farm in Cache Valley as one of ten siblings. His father was an Air Force pilot who retired to teach school and farm. His mother was recognized as Utah Mother of the Year in 1996. he attended Utah State University, where he earned a degree in economics. Upon graduation, Chris joined the US Air Force where he served for fourteen years as a pilot, flying both rescue helicopters and the B-1B bomber. On June 3, 1995, Chris and a flight of two B-1s set the world record for the fastest non-stop flight around the world. Most recently, he served
as president and CEO of the Shipley Group, a consulting firm focused on energy and the environment issues.

Committee Assignments: Natural Resources, Homeland Security, and Science

Importance: Rep. Stewart is uniquely aware of the challenges and opportunities facing extractive industries, with a particular expertise with regard to NEPA regulations. On energy matters, he has said he wants to increase domestic production, including offshore oil drilling and production from federal lands. With seats on both the Natural Resources Committee and the House Science Committee he is well positioned to help shape policies easing access and development of domestic resources while directing federal R&D effort to support these initiatives.

Contacts:
Chief of Staff: Brian Steed

Contributions:
Individual Contributions 40% $212,619
PAC Contributions 44% $235,600
Candidate self-financing 4% $19,010
Other 13% $70,500

Top Contributors Individuals PACs Total
Shipley Group LP $19,010 $0 $19,010
Every Republican IS Crucial PAC $0 $15,000 $15,000
American Bankers Association Inc $0 $10,000 $10,000
Action Committee For Rural Electrification PAC $0 $5,000 $5,000
American Medical Association/IL $0 $5,000 $5,000
Continuing A Majority PAC $0 $5,000 $5,000
Credit Union National Association Inc $0 $5,000 $5,000
Exxon Mobil Corp PAC $0 $5,000 $5,000
Freedom Project PAC/The $0 $5,000 $5,000
Google Inc $0 $5,000 $5,000

Hope this is useful. Have a great Tuesday!

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