Monday in Washington:
Back in Action:
Both the House and the Senate will be back in session this week. The Senate will be completing work on the Farm Bill while the House takes up the first two of the annual appropriations bills (Military Construction and Veterans Affairs; and Homeland Security). The Senate is expected to try to take up some form of the immigration reform proposal that has been circulating while dealing with an impending standoff over the confirmation of a number of nominees, including Gina McCarthy.
On the energy front this week, two hearings will explore the potential benefits and risks of expanded offshore drilling. The House Natural Resources Committee will be hold a legislative hearing on a bill sponsored by Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) that would expand offshore drilling and revenue sharing. At the same time, Senator Nelson (D-FL) will be chairing a Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Gulf Restoration efforts since the Macondo accident. The Hastings proposal could be on the floor for consideration later this month.
Other Items of Interest:
OPEC to Study Affects of US Shale Production: Bloomberg reported that OPEC intends to study the impact US shale oil production is having on OPEC nations. Production in the United States has grown by 20 percent over the last year resulting in the lowest import levels seen since the early 1990’s. Particularly concerned are African producers who produce lighter crudes similar to those produced in the shale plays in the United States. Citigroup predicted that it will not be long until the United States is virtually independent of foreign oil suppliers.
Important Hearings and Events:
Natural Gas to Solve Climate Change: On June 4th at 9AM at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and the University of Texas will hold a discussion on a new report, “Leveraging Natural Gas to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.” Eileen Claussen, president of C2ES; Tom Farrell, CEO of Dominion Resources; Dave McCurdy, president of the American Gas Association; Darryl Banks, vice president for energy policy at the Center for American Progress; Michael Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas; Bruce Hedman, technical director of the Institute for Industrial Productivity; Thomas Massaro, vice president of marketing at New Jersey Natural Gas; Susan Robinson, federal public affairs director at Waste Management; and Branko Terzic, executive director of the Deloitte Center for Energy Solutions, will participate. RSVP at
http://c2esnatgas.eventbrite.com. The report’s finding will be discussed in a conference call at 1:30 p.m. Dial-in, 888-537-7715; passcode, 39407485#.
Hearing on ESA Abuses and Reform: On June 4th at 10AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Defining Species Conservation Success: Tribal, State and Local Stewardship vs. Federal Courtroom Battles and Sue-and-Settle Practices.”
State and Federal Partnerships on Clean Energy Initiatives: On June 4th at 3PM in 562 Dirksen, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) will hold a briefing on “State Clean Energy Innovations and the Value of Federal-State Partnerships.” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; Sarah Fisher-Goad, executive director of the Alaska Energy Authority; Andrew McAllister, commissioner of the California Energy Commission; Janet Joseph, vice president for technology and strategic planning at NYSERDA; Bryan Garcia, president and CEO of Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority; Andy Brydges, senior director for renewable energy generation at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center; Anne Eisele, chief of staff of the Maryland Energy Administration; and Lewis Milford, founder of CESA and president of the Clean Energy Group, will participate. You can register here.
Nuclear Cleanup Caucus: On June 4th at 4PM in 1334 Longworth, the House Nuclear Cleanup Caucus will hold a briefing on the Energy Department’s nuclear cleanup program at Idaho National Laboratory – part of the 19th annual briefing series that will focus on a specific site office and include presentations conducted by local site managers and contractors. For more information, contact Neal Kirby at 202-225-5816 or Neal.Kirby@mail.house.gov.
The Competitive Landscape for Nuclear Energy: On June 5th at 8AM at the Willard Hotel in NW DC, the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) will hold a USNIC Special Summit on “The Competitive Landscape for Nuclear Energy.” Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind.; Energy Information Administration (EIA) Administrator Adam Sieminski; Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Commissioner Kristine Svinicki; Joyce Connery, director for Nuclear Energy Policy in the Executive Office of the President at the National Security Council; Llewellyn King, executive producer and host of the “White House Chronicle” on PBS Commentator; Jessica Farmer, vice president of the Export-Import Bank; and Rebecca Smith-Kevern, director of Light-Water Reactor Technologies at the Energy Department, will participate. You can register here.
House Oversight Committee Evaluates the Blend Wall: On June 5th at 10AM in 2154 Rayburn, the House Oversight Committee, Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements Subcommittee will hold a hearing entitled “Up Against the Blend Wall: Examining EPA’s Role in the Renewable Fuel Standard.”
Energy Development in Indian Country: On June 5th at 1PM in 628 Dirksen, the Indian Affairs Committee will hold a full committee meeting entitled “Roundtable – Energy Development in Indian Country.”
Climate Change and Transatlantic Security: On June 6th at 9AM at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Woodrow Wilson Center (WWC) will hold a discussion on “The Energy and Climate Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities for Transatlantic Security.” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy Daniel Chiu; Christian Burgsmuller, counselor and head of the transport, energy, environment and nuclear affairs section of the European Union Delegation to the United States; Ralph Espach, director of Latin American Affairs in the Center for Strategic Studies at the Center for Naval Analyses; Rear Adm. Neil Morisetti, special representative for climate change in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Sherri Goodman, senior vice president, general counsel and board secretary at the Center for Naval Analyses; and Kaleb Redden, director of North and West Europe International Security Affairs European and NATO Policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, will participate. You can register here.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Hold Oversight Hearing with DOI: On June 6th at 9:30 AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full committee hearing on programs and activities of the Interior Department.
House Natural Resources Subcommittee Holds Legislative Hearing: On June 6th at 10AM in Longworth 1334, the House Natural Resources Committee Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation will hold a legislative hearing to consider H.R.412, the Nashua River Wild and Scenic River Study Act; H.R.585, the “Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of 2013”; H.R.664, the “Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act”; H.R.1495, the “Arizona Land Sovereignty Act”; H.R.1497, the “War Memorial Protection Act”; H.R.1513, to “revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township, to limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be acquired”; H.R.2166, to direct the Interior secretary and Agriculture secretary to “expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions”; and H.R.2192, to “amend the Act popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 to require certain procedures for designating national monuments, and for other purposes.” Additional information about the bills and the hearing can be found here.
House Natural Resources Subcommittee Holds Legislative Hearing on Offshore Drilling Bill: On June 6th at 10AM in 1324 Longworth, the House Natural Resources Committee Energy and Minerals Subcommittee will hold a hearing on legislation sponsored by Chairman Doc Hastings expanding the areas approved for offshore energy development and revenue sharing.
Senate Commerce Committee Evaluates Gulf Restoration: On June 6th at 10:30AM in 253 Russell, the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Gulf Restoration: A Progress Report Three Years after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.”
Scientific Consensus on Climate Change: On June 6th at 12PM at the Heritage Foundation, the Heritage Foundation will hold a discussion on “The Lack of Science in the Scientific Consensus: The Case of the National Climate Assessment.” Patrick Michaels, director of the Cato Institute’s Center for the Study of Science and author of “Climate Coup, Climate of Extremes, and Meltdown”; Harold Doiron, retired National Aeronautics and Space Administration physicist and engineer, and member of the Right Climate Stuff Team; Harlan Watson, former ambassador and special envoy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and David Kreutzer, research fellow in energy economics and climate change at Heritage, will participate. You can RSVP by e-mailing:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Experts Debate Energy Subsidies at National Review High Noon Debate: On June 7th at 12 PM at 101 Constitution Ave. NW, the National Review will host a debate on energy subsidies. Thomas Pyle, American Energy Alliance; Steve Moore, Wall Street Journal; Bob Dinneen, Renewable Fuels Association; and moderator Charles C.W. Cooke, National Review, will participate in the discussion. According to the Brookings Institution, the green energy sector is projected to receive $150 billion of taxpayer money through 2014. Despite annual deficits in excess of $1 trillion, the administration’s budget proposes to make many of these subsidies permanent, believing they are necessary to keep renewables competitive in the energy market and to spur job creation. Opponents contend these subsidies distort energy markets and merely shift the costs for renewables on to taxpayers. The High Noon Debate on Energy will examine the success of energy-related subsidies and the impact of government policy on long term job creation, energy security, and freely-functioning energy markets. You can register here.
Member of the Day: US Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)
Committee Assignments: Financial Services
Chief of Staff (Personal): James Min
Chief of Staff (Whip): Tim Berry
Legislative Director (Personal): Kyle Lombardi
Policy Director (Whip): Steve Pinkos
Experience: Congressman Kevin McCarthy was born in Bakersfield, California, and is a fourth-generation Kern County resident. Before his 21st birthday, McCarthy successfully opened and operated a small business, Kevin O’s Deli. He opened the deli when he was 19 with $5,000 he won in the lottery. The experience gave him and appreciation of the difficulties that entrepreneurs face from burdensome regulations and onerous taxes. After selling his business, he earned his undergraduate degree and Masters in Business Administration at California State University, Bakersfield. He supported himself through college buying and selling cars. After graduating, he worked for former Congressman Bill Thomas working his way up from intern to district director. He successfully won his first election in 2000 as Trustee to the Kern Community College District. In 2002, McCarthy was elected to represent the 32nd Assembly District in the California State Assembly. As a freshman legislator, he was selected unanimously by his Republican colleagues to serve as the Assembly Republican Leader, becoming the first freshman legislator and the first legislator from Kern County to assume the top post. He was first elected to represent the 22nd District of California in the United States House of Representatives in November 2006. For the 111th Congress, in just his second term, he was appointed chief deputy whip, the top assistant to then-Minority Whip Eric Cantor. In November 2010, he was reelected to serve for a third term and was able to move up to the position of majority whip when the Republicans regained control of the House.
Importance: Rep. McCarthy currently serves as the House Majority Whip, where he is tasked with laying out legislative strategies to advance reforms and initiatives consistent with conservative principles. He was first elected by his colleagues to serve as the Majority Whip after helping Republicans regain control of the House in 2010. During that election cycle, he helped recruit and fundraise for many of the new Members elected. As the recruiter and adviser to many of the freshmen Members, his whip job includes liaison work between the large group of new members, many of whom won with Tea Party support, and the Republican leadership — a job that has entailed walking a fine line between pragmatism and the conservative principles that many in the Class of 2010 believe served as the foundation for their elections. In addition to his job as Whip, he also coordinates outreach with the business community and many other groups to build consensus and support for upcoming legislative initiatives. He also leads the House Energy Action Team, pushing for greater development and utilization of domestic energy sources.
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