Thursday in DC

Both the House and the Senate are in recess for the remainder of the week with House Republicans attending their annual retreat in Williamsburg, VA. However, that did not stop Members from engaging in and responding to the White House’s new gun control efforts announced yesterday. In other news, it appears that Deputy Nat’l Security Advisor Denis McDonough will be tapped to replace Jacob Lew as the next WH COS.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Bud Shuster (R-OH), announced the Committee’s Subcommittee Chairmen for the 113th Congress:
Full Committee Vice Chairman: Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN)
Subcommittee on Aviation: Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)
Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management: Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
Subcommittee on Highways and Transit: Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI)
Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials: Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA)
Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment: Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH)

Sec. Salazar’s departure from the Cabinet has Washington chattering about possible replacements. These include:
Gov. Christine Gregoire (also been mentioned for EPA)
Sen. Byron Dorgan (also been mentioned for DOE)
Rep. Norm Dicks (retired this year)
Gov. Bill Ritter (CO)
Gov. Brian Schweitzer (MT)
Gov. Dave Freudenthal (WY)
Gov. Bill Richardson (NM)
Rep. Raúl Grijalva (AZ)
David Hayes, Deputy Sec.
John Berry, OPM
Sally Jewell, CEO of REID

Other Items of Interest:

CEA is releasing a report conducted by Creighton University economist Dr. Ernie Goss showing the economic impact the KXL Pipeline will have on NE. The project will increase the overall economic activity in Nebraska by $817.4 million for 2013 and 2014, increase the overall economic activity in NE by $1.8 billion over 16 years, create 5,517 jobs per year in 2013 and 2014, create an average of 916 new jobs per year over 16 year, generate direct and indirect labor income of $956 million over 16 years and $164.6 million in local and state tax revenues over 16 years. Here is a link to the study:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/tx8xf11yvpsdoh2/KeystoneXL%20Final%20Study%20January%2015%202013.pdf

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a 10 page letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission detailing their concerns about regulatory efforts of the Commission reacting to the meltdown of three nuclear plants in Japan in March of 2011. A copy of the letter can be viewed on the Committee’s website at: http://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/republicans.energycommerce.house.gov/files/letters/20130115NRC.pdf

At 10 AM, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) holds a news conference on “Further Evidence Why Obama Administration Must Say No: New Research Shows Climate Emissions From Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Worse Than Reported.” Participating: Danielle Droitsch, senior attorney for NRDC; Nathan Lemphers of the Pembina Institute; Lorne Stockman of Oil Change International and author of “Petroleum Coke: the coal hiding in the tar sands”; Danny Harvey of the University of Toronto; and John Abraham of the University of St. Thomas. A conference call line is available: call-in, 866-952-7532; password, “Tar Sands”.

At 2:30, theBiotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and Fuels America hold a conference call briefing on the Renewable Fuel Standard, which established national goals for reducing U.S. reliance on foreign oil by producing biofuels and bringing new advanced technologies to the market. Brent Erickson, executive vice president of BIO; Christopher Standlee, executive vice president of Abengoa Bioenergy; Wade Robey, board member of POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels; and Jan Koninckx, global business director for biorefineries at DuPont Industrial Biosciences
Note: Media must RSVP to Paul Winters (pwinters@bio.org). Call-in, 888-674-1311; call name, “2013 Renewable Fuel Standard Potential”

New Member of the Day: Representative Steven Daines (R-MT)

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Committee Assignments: Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Homeland Security

Contacts:
Jason Thielman, Chief of Staff
Darin C. Thacker, Deputy Chief of Staff
Patrick Buell, Legislative Assistant

Experience: Rep. Daines ran unsuccessfully for Lt. Gov. in 2008, and was expected to challenge Senator Tester in 2012 prior to Rep. Rehberg entering the race. Earlier in his career, he spent thirteen years working for Proctor & Gamble before running a startup computer software company that was eventually purchased by Oracle. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and served as one of President Reagan’s youngest delegates in 1984.

Importance: Rep. Daines represents more constituents than any other Member of the House, slightly more than one million people. He comes from a resource rich state and supports market based policies that remove barriers to energy development. As a new Member of both T&I and the House Natural Resources Committee, he is well positioned to advance policies that will increase energy production and thwart federal efforts to slow or complicate energy development.

Contributions:
Individual Contributions 72% $1,309,760
PAC Contributions 23% $413,708
Candidate self-financing 4% $66,664
Other 1% $19,400
Top Contributors Individuals PACs Total
Rightnow Technologies Inc $74,544 $0 $74,544
Rightnow Technologies Inc $64,919 $0 $64,919
Langlas & Associates Inc $16,500 $0 $16,500
Boeing Co/The $5,000 $10,000 $15,000
Boeing Co/The $5,000 $10,000 $15,000
Yellowstone Bank/Laurel MT $15,000 $0 $15,000
Yellowstone Bank/Laurel MT $15,000 $0 $15,000
Langlas & Associates Inc $14,500 $0 $14,500
Procter & Gamble Co/The $9,500 $5,000 $14,500

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