Today in Washington

Today in Washington
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Wednesday in Washington:  Both the House and the Senate are in session today.  At 10:30 the House and Senate will hold a joint session for the address of South Korean President Park Guen-hye.  Afterwards, the House will be considering amendments to legislation providing employers with additional flexibility for how to compensate employees for overtime with paid time off and will take of the rule for legislation prioritizing payments to social security recipients should Congress fail to increase the statutory debt ceiling.  The Senate will continue consideration of legislation reauthorizing the Water Resources Development Act.In other political news, former Governor Mark Sanford won the special election yesterday for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional district by almost ten percentage points.  The race had been thought to be much closer given the candidate’s personal issues.  Another political story involves the decision of Georgia Democratic Representative John Barrow’s decision not to run for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring US Senator Saxby Chambliss.  The decision leaves GA Democrat without a top tier candidate for the ticket against what will likely be a weakened GOP candidate following what is expected to be a very testy primary competition.

Items of Interest:

DOI Sec. Jewell Attends Offshore Technology Conference in Houston:  Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Houston, Texas today to attend the 2013 Offshore Technology Conference.  Secretary Jewell will tour the exhibition floor where she will talk to offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders and see firsthand the current and developing technologies used for offshore exploration and production.  She will hold a media availability at 12:30 to discuss the Administration’s policies with respect to continued offshore development.

DOI and Republic of Korea Issue Statement on Energy Coordination:  Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel B. Poneman and Mr. Yoon Sang-jick, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Energy (MOTIE) of the Republic of Korea, met on May 7, 2013, at the Department of Energy (DOE) headquarters in Washington, D.C., where they exchanged views on cooperation on a wide range of energy priorities.  They discussed continued coordination on renewable energy technology coordination and a desire for greater coordination in greater technological cooperation regarding development and utilization of shale gas resources.

Joint Tax Committee Releases Report on Tax Reform Working Group Efforts:  The Joint Tax Committee released a report on the efforts of the 11 Tax Reform Working Groups and provides a detailed assessment of current law and the options presented through the public comments submitted to the committee.  The Committee intends to use the report as a way of framing the tax reform debate weighing various options over the next few months.

DOE Announces Additional Research Funding: Acting Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced that 61 scientists from across the nation will receive up to $15.3 million in funding for research as part of the Energy Department’s Early Career Research Program.  The effort, now in its fourth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the crucial early career years, when many scientists do their most formative work.

Important Hearings and Events:  

EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Research Meeting:  Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold the second day of meetings of the Hydraulic Fracturing Research Advisory Panel to provide an opportunity for independent expert members of the ad hoc panel to provide comment on EPA’s study of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources, May 7-8. The event will be available via webcast at

Hearing on DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: Today at 10AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on “DOI Hydraulic Fracturing Rule: A Recipe for Government Waste, Duplication and Delay.”  Additional information about the hearing can be found here.

House Committee Holds Hearing on EPA’s Budget Request:  Today at 1PM in 2359 Rayburn, the House Appropriations Committee Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the budget for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Acting EPA Administrator Bob Perciasepe will testify.  Additional information about the hearing can be found here.

API Urges Opposition to New Tier 3 Standards:  The American Petroleum Institutesubmitted comments to the EPA opposing its new Tier 3 Standards.  In the comments, API states that the proposal could increase costs to domestic refiners and thus US consumers with little environmental benefit.

Member of the Day: US Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) 

Committee Assignments: Financial Services, Small Business

Chief of Staff: Al Simpson
Legislative Director: NataleeBinkholder
Twitter: @repmickmulvaney

Experience:  Rep. Mulvaney attended Georgetown University and graduated with a degree in International Economics, Commerce, and Finance in 1989. He then attended Law School at Chapel Hill.  Upon graduation, he practiced law and then began working in the family real estate business.  In 2006, Rep. Mulvaney completed his formal education when he finished Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Management Program.  He has owned and been a shareholder in numerous small businesses.  In 2006, he was elected to the South Carolina State House.  Two years later, in what is regarded as the hardest fought legislative race in the cycle, he won a State Senate seat. In 2010, he ran for Congress against a Democrat who had held the Congressional seat since 1983.Mulvaney won with 55% of the vote and continues to hold the seat.  He and his wife, Pam, have triplets.

Importance:  Rep. Mulvaney ousted a longtime incumbent in 2010 with the strong backing of the Tea Party.  He was one of just a handful of Republicans who opposed the spending/debt ceiling deal negotiated by Speaker Boehner and President Obama in 2011, refusing to support any measure that did not defund the Affordable Healthcare Act.  He has an extensive background in economics and anti-trust law and serves on both the Financial Services Committee and the Small Business Committee.  He has been appointed chairman of the Small Business Committee’s subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce and the House Republican Conference Policy Committee has tapped him as the chair or its Financial Services Task Force.  These positions put him in a unique spot to help formulate changes to the laws, rules, and regulations governing the financial sector.

If you have any questions, please give me a call anytime. Previous updates and Member profiles can be reviewed at: Hope you have a great day!


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


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