Monday in Washington

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The highlight of the week in Washington will be the President’s State of the Union Address on Tuesday night, where he is expected to lay out in more detail a number of the legislative priorities he mentioned in his inaugural address. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will give the Republican response.The Senate and the House will be in session this week. The Senate will be finishing up its work on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The House will be considering legislation this week imposing a pay freeze for the federal workforce, a proposal by freshman Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL). The House will also vote on H.R.267, the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act of 2013; H.R.316, the Collinsville Renewable Energy Promotion Act; and H.R.235, the Veteran Emergency Medical Technician Support Act of 2013.

Other Items of Interest:
On Tuesday, the Senate Energy and Natural Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Opportunities and Challenges for Natural Gas.” Gov. Hickenlooper (D-CO), Dow, NAM, NRDC, Rice University, and API will all testify before the Committee.

On Wednesday, the Office of the Secretary of the Interior will hold a meeting of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Advisory Committee to receive informational briefings and discuss and develop its goals and procedures, and a meeting schedule and work plan for 2013.

On Wednesday, the House Science Committee will hold an Energy Subcommittee hearing entitled: “American Energy Outlook: Technology, Market, and Policy Drivers.”

On Thursday, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing entitled: “The Past, Present and Future of the Federal Helium Program” and H.R.527, the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act.”

On Thursday, the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee
Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The State of the Environment: Evaluating Progress and Priorities.”

On Thursday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The Effects of Rising Energy Costs on American Families and Employers.”

On Friday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Environment and the Economy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “The Role of the States in Protecting the Environment Under Current Law.”

New Member of the Day: Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND)
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Committee Assignments: Natural Resources, Science

Contacts:
Chief of Staff: Kimberly Badenhop
Legislative Director: Mark Gruman
Twitter: @RepKevinCramer

Experience: Rep. Kevin Cramer served on the North Dakota Public Service Commission from 2003-2012, after first being appointed to Commission by then-Governor John Hoeven. Prior to joining the PSC, Cramer served as the first director of the Harold Schafer Leadership Foundation. He was State Tourism Director from 1993 to 1997 and State Economic Development Director from 1997 through 2000. Prior to government service, Rep. Cramer served as Chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party. At 30 he was the youngest member of the Republican National Committee. Cramer has a B.A. degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN in Social Work with an emphasis on pre-seminary studies and a Master’s degree in Management from the University of Mary. He is a native of Kindred, ND where he received all of his primary and secondary education.

Importance: North Dakota is one of the leading energy producing states in the United States, primarily due to advancements in directional drilling and hydraulic fracturing that has unlocked massive shale resources throughout the country. The production from the Bakken and the Williston Basin have fundamentally altered energy assumptions in the US and have brought about the real potential of N. American energy self-sufficiency. Rep. Cramer is a self-described energy expert with years serving on the ND PSC. He supports expanded production on federal lands and is opposed to any regulations that would unduly restrict access to natural resources. With seats on the Natural Resources Committee and the House Science Committee, he is well positioned to advance policies advantageous to energy producers in his state and around the country.

Hope you all have a great week! Please give me a call anytime if you have questions.

Thanks,

Michael D. Zehr
HBW Resources, LLC
1666 K Street, NW
Suite 500
Washington, DC 20006
Direct: 202-429-6081
Cell: 202-277-3927
Skype: michael.zehrhbw
Twitter: @mzehrhbw

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