Monday in Washington

Both the House and Senate will be in session this week, with the House considering a balanced budget proposal (H.R. 444-The Require a Plan Act) and the Senate considering the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The House Rules Committee will meet this evening to finalize the rule for consideration of H.R. 444.

On Tuesday, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled: Energy and Security–An Assessment of North American Energy Resources. Adam Sieminski with EIA, Daniel Yergin with IHS, Jennifer Morgan with the World Resources Institute, Mary J. Hutzler with the Institute for Energy Research, and Harry Vidas with ICF International will testify.

On Wednesday, the House Science Committee will hold a hearing on American Competitiveness: The Role of Research and Development. The Committee will hear from: Mr. Richard Templeton, President and CEO, Texas Instruments; Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and Dr. Charles Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering.

Other Items of Interest:
Ernst & Young’s oil and gas tax guide is available for free download. It provides a global assessment of tax regimes and country by country brief on critical tax provisions affecting extractive industries. A copy of the report can be downloaded at:$FILE/EY_Oil_Gas_Tax_Guide_2012.pdf

Senator Murkowski is expected to unveil her legislative blue print for action later today at a press conference. The plan is not expected to include legislative text or include controversial items she believes have little chance of passing the Senate, but will serve as a guide for action in the 113th Congress.

New Member of the Day: Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA)

Committee Assignments: Natural Resources, Veterans Affairs

Chief of Staff: Kyle Layman
Legislative Director: Orfa Torres-Jaen
Twitter: @Dr_RaulRuiz

Experience: Dr. Ruiz grew up in Coachella where his family worked as farm
laborers. In the summer of 1990, he solicited support from his community to finance his college education with a commitment to return and give back after graduation. He graduate graduated magna cum laude at UCLA, became the first Latino to receive three graduate degrees from Harvard University – a Medical Doctorate, a Masters in Public Policy and a Masters in Public Health.
He Returned to the Coachella Valley in 2007 to work as an emergency physician at Eisenhower Medical Center, the Coachella Valley’s only nonprofit hospital. He serves as Senior Associate Dean at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, Founder and director of the Coachella Valley Healthcare Initiative, and he founded a pre-med mentorship program, the Future Physician Leaders program, for students from underserved communities who want to become doctors and return to their community to serve.

Importance: Dr. Ruiz is a natural leader with an impressive background of education and community achievement. He is considered a strong up and comer within the Democratic Party and is a key spokesman for interests of the politically crucial Hispanic community. As a Member of the Natural Resources Committee, Dr. Ruiz intends to focus on promoting alternative energy jobs, restoration of the Salton Sea, and issues affecting local tribes. While his focus and political support centers around the medical profession, one of the largest PAC contributions he received was from the IBEW which has expressed support for a number of energy development efforts, both alternative and conventional.

Previous updates and Member profiles can be reviewed at:

If you have any questions, please give me a call anytime. Hope you have a great week!


Michael D. Zehr
HBW Resources, LLC
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Washington, DC 20006
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