Both the House and the Senate will be in session this week. The House is expected to take up legislation providing appropriations through the end of the fiscal year. The top line amount will reflect the cuts from the sequester, but the bill is expected to provide some flexibility within national security related accounts to mitigate some of the unintended consequences of the sequestration. Meanwhile, the Senate appropriators are readying an omnibus funding bill at pre-sequester levels. In addition to appropriations discussions, the Senate may also take up the confirmation of the next director of the CIA, John Brennan. The nomination hearing for Sally Jewell to be the next Secretary of the Interior will also take place this week.
Other Items of Interest:
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed a draft environmental impact statement for two proposed oil and gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico’s Eastern Planning Area and is seeking public comment on the document. Lease Sales 225 and 226, scheduled for 2014 and 2016, are part of the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program: 2012-2017 (Five Year Program). Additional information about the EIS and the lease sales can be reviewed here.
On Friday, the US State Department released their draft Supplement Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) for the Keystone XL pipeline. The release kicks off a 45 day comment period on the SEIS. A copy of the SEIS can be reviewed here.
OMB released their sequestration report, available here. The appendix details the cuts required to each budget account, but does not detail cuts at the “program, project, and activity” (PPA) level as required by the Budget Control Act and the 1985 Gramm-Rudman-Hollings law.
On March 5th, the United States Energy Association (USEA) holds a briefing on “Gas Leasing and Titling in the Marcellus and Utica Shales.” Interested individuals can register here.
On March 5th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on American Energy Security and Innovation: The Role of a Diverse Electricity Generation Portfolio. Additional information about the hearing and the individuals testifying can be viewed here.
On March 5th, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee will hold a hearing on America’s Offshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices. Additional information about the hearing and the individuals testifying can be viewed here.
On March 5th, the House T&I Committee Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Freight and Passenger Rail in America’s Transportation System. Additional information about the hearing and individuals testifying can be viewed here.
On March 5th, the House Natural Resources Committee Water and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on H.R.254, the Bonneville Unit Clean Hydropower Facilitation Act; and H.R.678, the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. Additional information on the bills and the hearing can be viewed here.
On March 6th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward. Additional information on the hearing and the individuals testifying can be viewed here.
On March 6th, the House Science Committee Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context. Additional information on the hearing can be viewed here.
On March 7th, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Sally Jewell to serve as the next Sec. of Interior. Additional information about the hearing can be viewed here.
On March 7th, the Global Business Dialogue holds a discussion on “Trade in Natural Gas: The Resource, The Law & The Choices.” The event will be held at the National Press Club at 2:30 PM EST.
On March 8th, Energy Central holds a webinar, beginning at 12 p.m., on “The State of the Energy Industry,” including the latest prognosis for coal-fired generation, the outlook for natural gas in the United States, and the growing interdependence of the gas and power industries. It will begin at noon.
New Member of the Day: Rep. Richard Hudson
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Education and Workforce, and Homeland Security
Chief of Staff: Pepper Natonski
Legislative Director: Michael Thornberry
Rep. Hudson is the owner of Cabarrus Marketing Group, which provides marketing, strategic communications consulting and business development services to small businesses. He served the 8th District of North Carolina as District Director for Congressman Robin Hayes and led the Congressman’s Concord and Rockingham offices for six years. He also served as a Chief of Staff in Washington for five years. He has served on the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College Board of Trustees, Board of Governors of the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association, Board of Managers of the West Cabarrus YMCA and Board of Directors of the Cabarrus Jaycees. He then attended UNC Charlotte, serving as Student Body President before receiving his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.
After winning a five way primary fight that consumed more cash than any other primary in the country, Rep. Hudson defeated the man who unseated his previous boss, Rep. Robin Hayes. As a former staffer with strong ties to the district, his singular focus on running and winning has been recognized by leaders in the party and in his freshman class who elected him their class president. He advocates cutting taxes and has pledged to never increase taxes while in Congress. He supports reducing regulations and funding worker-retraining programs at community colleges. He is a staunch fiscal and social conservative. Rep. Hudson is young and understands how the House of Representatives works, and he also understands how politics and elections work. His position on the Agriculture Committee will allow him to represent key interests in his district while pursuing a path towards leadership in the House.