Thursday in Washington:
Both the House and the Senate are in session today. The Senate completed its work on its version of the CR/mini-bus legislation after voting 73-26 yesterday to pass the bill and send it to the House for approval. While it is not certain the bill will be approved as is, Leaders believe the final Senate bill should have the House votes necessary to pass the bill and send it to the President to sign. The Senate is now expected to begin consideration of the FY2014 Budget Resolution. The House will take up a motion to concur with the Senate CR/mini-bus legislation today before returning to consideration of the House Budget Resolution for FY 2014.
Other Items of Interest:
HBW Resources Provides Analysis of Presidential Executive Order on Offshore Pollution Act
Last week, the President signed an Executive Order making some clarifications and modifications to the Offshore Pollution Act. HBW’s Lee Forsgren, who helped author the original 1990 OPA legislation, has provided a brief summary of the changes and the likely impacts from this order. With recent activity occurring on in both the executive agencies (OPA, NEPA, BOEM & Energy Security Trust) and legislatively on the hill with the introduction of the Murkowski/Landrieu revenue sharing bill, we believe there is a high likelihood of policy activity affecting the offshore industries. A copy of the summary of the impacts of the Executive Order can be viewed here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7yj2ld0fh9uqbym/DLF%20outline%20of%20OPA%20Executive%20Order%20of%203-15-13.docx
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to Consider Jewell Nomination
Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a Business Meeting to consider the nomination of Sally Jewell to be the Secretary of the Interior. The business meeting will be webcast live on the Committee’s website, and an archived video will be available shortly after the meeting is complete. Additional information on the meeting can be viewed here: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2013/3/to-consider-the-nomination-of-sally-jewell-to-be-the-secretary-of-the-interior
House Committee To Review State of US Steel Industry
Today, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing entitled “Our Nation of Builders: The Strength of Steel.” The Committee will hear testimony from: Rep. Tim Murphy, Vice Chairman, Congressional Steel Caucus; Rep. Pete Visclosky, Vice-Chairman, Congressional Steel Caucus; Joe Carrabba, President and CEO, Cliffs Natural Resources; John Ferriola, President and CEO, Nucor Corporation; Richard Harshman, Chairman, President and CEO, Allegheny Technologies, Inc.; Ed Kurasz, Executive Vice President, Allied Tube and Conduit; Mike Rehwinkel, President and CEO, EVRAZ North America; Mike Rippey, President and CEO, Arcelor Mittal USA; John Surma, CEO, United States Steel Corporation; and Yvette Pena Lopes, Deputy Director, BlueGreen Alliance. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here:
T&I Leaders to Host Roundtable on Ports, Jobs, Economic Development and Trade
Today, leaders of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will host a bipartisan roundtable on Thursday to discuss ports, jobs, economic development, and trade. The roundtable is scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM on Thursday, March 21, 2013 in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building. Invited participants include American Association of Port Authorities President Kurt J. Nagle; Maersk, Inc. Vice President of Government Relations Clint Eisenhauer; Port of Tampa President and CEO Paul Anderson; and Port of Skagit Executive Director Patsy Martin. Additional information about the roundtable can be viewed here: http://transportation.house.gov/press-release/committee-host-roundtable-ports-jobs-economic-development-and-trade.
House Committee to Review National Mineral Resources Policies
At 10:00 AM today, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Minerals Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “America’s Mineral Resources: Creating Mining and Manufacturing Jobs and Securing America,” and H.R.1063, the “National Strategic and Critical Minerals Policy Act of 2013”; H.R.687, the “Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act of 2013”; H.R.697, the “Three Kids Mine Remediation and Reclamation Act”; H.R.761, the “Critical and Strategic Minerals Production Act”; H.R.767, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project; H.R.957, the “American Soda Ash Competitiveness Act”; and H.R.981, the “Resource Assessment of Rare Earths Act of 2013.” The hearing will take place in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building. Additional information about the hearing the legislation being considered can be viewed here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=323498
US and Brazil Hold Second Meeting of the Strategic Energy Dialogue
Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and Brazil’s Deputy Minister of Mines and Energy Márcio Pereira Zimmermann co-chaired the second meeting of the Strategic Energy Dialogue. The Strategic Energy Dialogue is a presidential-level partnership that provides an overarching framework to deepen energy cooperation between the two nations’ energy sectors. Additional information about the partnership can be viewed here: http://www.doe.gov/articles/us-energy-deputy-secretary-poneman-brazil-s-deputy-minister-mines-and-energy-zimmermann.
Murkowski, Landrieu Introduce ‘FAIR Act’ Revenue Sharing Legislation
US Sens. Landrieu and LMurkowski introduced bipartisan legislation – the Fixing America’s Inequities with Revenues (FAIR) Act – to ensure all energy producing states receive a fair share of the revenues they help produce. The FAIR Act aims authorizes 37.5 percent of revenues for all offshore energy producing states, regardless the type of energy produced. States that produce renewable energy on federal lands within their borders would keep 50 percent of revenues, just as they currently do for traditional energy. It would also gradually lift the current congressionally mandated $500 million annual cap on revenues kept by Gulf Coast producing states. Additional information about the FAIR Act can be reviewed here: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/republican-news?ID=7b94e31e-4c22-4731-be52-6cc7c53390cd.
Senate EPW Committee Approves WRDA Water Infrastructure Legislation
On March 20th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously approved S.601, the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. The bill provides critical flood protection for communities across the country, maintains the flow of commerce, and will create hundreds of thousands of jobs. Passing a WRDA bill is one of the highest priorities for many industries reliant upon water transport for commerce, and while passage in both chambers is still a process in the making, the passage of this billin the committee is a very positive indication of its prospects. Additional information about the legislation can be viewed here: http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Majority.PressReleases&ContentRecord_id=88dd6359-cd13-f25c-b607-e75caf055efb.
House Committee Releases Report on the RFS
On March 20th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee released its first in a series of white papers examining a number of issues emerging with the current RFS system and solicited input from interested stakeholders. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), and other members of the committee are leading the effort to review the law and its implementation. The first white paper is focused on the blend wall and fuel compatibility issues associated with the RFS. Additional information about the Committee’s series and a copy of the first white paper can be viewed here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/content/white-paper-series-on-renewable-fuel-standard.
House Natural Resources Committee Passes Hydropower Legislation
On March 20th, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 678, the “Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act,” with a bipartisan vote of 17-12. Sponsored by Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03), the legislation seeks to expand production of clean, renewable hydropower by cutting duplicative, bureaucratic red tape. Additional information about the legislation can be reviewed here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=324841.
House Natural Resources Committee Approves Helium Reserves Legislation
On March 20th, the House Natural Resources Committee passed H.R. 527, the “Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act”, with a bipartisan amendment, by a voice vote. The legislation, introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Ranking Member Ed Markey (MA-05), applies free-market principles to future sales from the Federal Helium Reserve, which is scheduled to close this year, in order to prevent a global helium shortage and provide American taxpayers with a fair return for this resource. Additional information about the legislation can be reviewed here: http://naturalresources.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=324811.
Member of the day: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ)
Committee Assignments: Natural Resources and Oversight and Government Reform
Chief of Staff: Tom Van Flein
Legislative Director: Jeremy Harrell
Rep. Gosar won his seat in 2010 defeating incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick and Libertarian Nicole Patti. Originally from Wyoming, Gosar received bachelor’s degree from Creighton University in 1981, and received his DDS from Creighton in 1985. He spent the previous 25 years running his own dental practice in Flagstaff. It was this experience as a health-care professional and small-business owner that prompted Gosar’s entry into politics. His focus on cutting federal spending and decreasing the debt was a prime reason he received backing from the Tea Party and Sarah Palin during his campaign. Before coming to Washington, Gosar served as the President of the Arizona Dental Association and as the vice chairman of the American Dental Association Council on Government Affairs.
Paul Gosar is an accomplished dentist and small business owner. His experience running his small business in rural Arizona has given him a unique appreciation of the challenges facing business owners throughout the country. As a member of both the Natural Resources Committee and the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, he has made restraining federal spending and controlling the national debt a priority. He believes that the United States should take advantage of its abundance of natural resources to help create jobs and balance the trade deficit. He also believes that government funding should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayers are getting the best value for the dollars they send to Washington.
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