Monday in Washington

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Both the House and the Senate will be in session today starting at 2PM. The $85 billion in cuts set for this Friday as part of the automatic sequestration is all but certain to take place. The impacts could be far reaching depending how the Departments and agencies impose them. Some departments may be able to limit the impacts by reprogramming funds while others may implement more visible displays with furloughs or other operational changes. Either way, next week will be interesting as Washington imposes actual budget cuts for the first time in more than a decade.

The House is expected to take up the Violence Against Women Act reauthorization and the Senate will again take up the nomination of Sen. Hagel to serve as the next Sec. of Defense. Hagel fell one vote short of overcoming a filibuster cloture last attempt.

Other Items of Interest:
On Sunday night, the White House released detailed fact sheet on how the sequestration would affect each of the states. The Huffington Post carried a complete list of the fact sheet, which you can view here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/24/sequester-states_n_2755181.html

On Tuesday at 10AM, the House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hear hearing on “American Energy Security and Innovation: An Assessment of Private-Sector Successes and Opportunities in Energy Efficient Technologies.” Both Sen. Murkowski and Sen. Shaheen will be testifying.

On Tuesday at noon, the Natural Gas Roundtable will hold a luncheon discussion on “Jobs, Energy Security and the Economy: The Role Natural Gas will Play in America’s Future.” Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) will be the keynote speaker. Rep. Terry is rumored to be considering a run for Senate now tha Sen. Johanns has announced he will not be Serling re-election.

At 2PM on Tuesday, the House Science Committee Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Mid-Level Ethanol Blends: Consumer and Technical Research Needs.” Mr. Robert L. Darbelnet, President and CEO, American Automobile Association (AAA); The Honorable Wayne Allard, Vice President, Government Relations, American Motorcyclist Association (AMA); And Mr. Mike Leister, Member, Board of Directors, Coordinating Research Council (CRC) will testify. The hearing will be of interest to those affected by the RFS and the blend wall.

Last week, the Congressional Research Service issued a new report detailing the challenges and opportunities surrounding the Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian oil sands. The report, “Oil Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline: Background and Selected Environmental Issues,” (R42611) can be viewed at: http://bit.ly/13gK1kk

New Member of the Week: Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY)
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Committee Assignments: Agriculture and Transportation & Infrastructure

Contacts:
Chief of Staff: Tim Persico
Legislative Director: Jennifer Steel
Twitter: @spmaloney

Experience: Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney defeated freshman Republican Nan Hayworth to represent New York’s 18th Congressional District, which includes the northern suburbs of NYC. He served in the Clinton White House as the staff secretary from 1997-1999. When He left the White House, he founded a high-tech startup company that made risk-management software. He ran for NY AG, losing in the democratic primarynto Andrew Cuomo. Later, he served as a senior staff member to Gov. Spitzer and Gov. Patrick of New York, focusing on education and infrastructure projects. He oversaw 13 state agencies and departments, including those responsible for all homeland security, state police and emergency management operations. He was born in Canada to American parents and was raised in Hanover, New Hampshire. Between college and law school at the University of Virginia, he spent a year working with a Roman Catholic religious order, the Society of Jesus, in Peru.

Importance: Rep. Maloney’s priorities in the 113th Congress include strengthening the health and financial security of America’s retirees, creating economic opportunity for New York families in the Hudson Valley, and balancing the budget the right way. His experience as working on issues at the national level at the White House and the state level as both a businessman and an advisor to two governors gives him a unique appreciation of both the politics and policies that create jobs. His district includes a large number of agricultural producers who are affected by both high energy prices and environmental regulations. With close proximity to key watersheds in the region, the producers in his district could be impacted by any regulations targeting water use and water quality with connections to agriculture. He is the first openly gay Member of the NY Congressional delegation, and he and his partner of over 20 years have raised three children.

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

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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