Tuesday in Washington:
Busy Day on the Hill:
Both the House and the Senate will be in session today. The Senate will be continuing its consideration of immigration reform legislation (S. 744). The House will be considering the following bills under suspension: H.R. 1896, the International Child Support Recovery Improvement Act of 2013; H.R. 475, to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to include vaccines against seasonal influenza within the definition of taxable vaccines; and H.R. 1151, to direct the Secretary of State to develop a strategy to obtain observer status for Taiwan at the triennial International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly.
The House will then begin consideration H.R. 1947, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (the Farm Bill) and H.R. 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. However, the rules committee did not complete its work on the Farm Bill last night and still must resolve what to do with over 200 amendments filed to the bill. The Rules Committee will meet again today at 2 PM to work through amendments.
In the energy arena, today is a very active day in Washington. It starts with an all-star panel discussing fuels policy with the National Journal this morning, then experts debating energy exports before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Secretary Moniz testifying before the House Science Committee, the Energy and Water Appropriations markup, and legislative markups in both the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee. That is a lot of ground to cover.
Other Items of Interest:
House Natural Resources Democrats Launch New Energy App: The new app, which can be downloaded for free on itunes, is called eVIS which is short for “Energy Visualizer.” The app allows you to track fuel efficiency, compare energy sources state by state, and monitor severe weather risks.
USDA Releases Over $4.7 Million in Grants to Support Rural Small Businesses: In celebration of National Small Business Week, USDA announced the selection of recipients for USDA’s Rural Business Enterprise Grants. The 54 awards in 21 states totaled $4.7 million. A complete list of the projects was release along with the announcement. For those who may have worked on the hill when earmarks were allowed, this type of list might look awfully familiar, with the exception of course that no federally elected officials selected, approved or voted for any these projects.
IER Releases White Paper on Energy Consumer Behavior and Green Pricing: The Institute for Energy Research (IER) released a white paper entitled “Evaluating Voluntary Consumer Adoption of Green Pricing Programs.” The analysis found that an average of only 2% of consumers opted for higher prices when given the option of choosing between traditional energy sources and more expensive, but more environmentally friendly options.
EIA Releases Study on Global Crude Oil and Condensate Production: The U.S. Energy Information Administration released an analysis of global crude oil and condensate production showing that the Middle East remains the dominant producer, but strong gains are being made by N.America. The analysis includes an animated depiction of production rates over time from the various regions.
EPA Releases Report on Natural and Built Environments: The EPA released a report entitled: Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality. The report evaluates land use and development trends, population growth, and transportation issues along with the environmental challenges associated with such developments. The report encourages smart growth policies to minimize these challenges and risks.
Important Events and Hearings:
National Journal Hosts Discussion on US Fuels: Beginning at 8 AM this morning at the Newseum, the National Journal is hosting an event entitled: “Fueling The Nation: The Transportation Transformation.” Additional information and registration can be found here. Consumer Energy Alliance affiliates AFPM and ATA will participate in the discussion.
Building a Solar Airplane: Today at 10 AM, the National Press Club Newsmaker Program will hold a news conference entitled: “What Does It Take to Build a Solar Airplane? The Developers of Solar Impulse to Explain it All.” George Corbin and Claude Michel, research and development experts at Solvay; and Darcy Gentleman, chemist and science communicator at the American Chemical Society, will lead the discussion. The event will be webcast at http://www.visualwebcaster.com/Solar-Airplane.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Holds Legislative Markup: Today at 10AM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a full Committee Markup. The committee will consider S.28, the “Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act”; S.155, to designate a mountain in the State of Alaska as Denali; S.159, the “Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act”; S.255, the “North Fork Watershed Protection Act of 2013”; S.285, the “Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act”; S.327, the “Good Neighbor Forestry Act”; S.340, the “Southeast Alaska Native Land Entitlement Finalization and Jobs Protection Act”; S.341, the “San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act”; S.353, the “Oregon Treasures Act of 2013”; S.360, the “Public Lands Service Corps Act of 2013”; S.486, the “Preserving Public Access to Cape Hatteras Beaches Act”; S.783, the “Helium Stewardship Act of 2013.” Additional information about the bills and the markup can be found here.
House Committee Considers Energy Exports: Today at 10:15 AM in 2123 Rayburn, the Energy and Power Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing entitled: “U.S. Energy Abundance: Regulatory, Market, and Legal Barriers to Export,” focusing on regulatory hurdles to exporting coal and natural gas. Christopher Smith, principal deputy assistant Energy secretary and acting assistant secretary for fossil energy; Jeff Wright, director of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Project; Jennifer Moyer, acting chief for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Regulatory Program; Bill Cooper, president of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas; Ross Eisenberg, vice president for energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers; Lucian Pugliaresi, president of the Energy Policy Research Foundation Inc.; Harold Quinn, president and CEO of the National Mining Association, Seattle, Wash.; Mike McGinn, mayor of Seattle, Wash.; and K.C. Golden, policy director for Climate Solutions, will testify. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here.
Secretary Moniz Testifies Before the House Science Committee: Today at 10:15 AM in 2318 Rayburn, the House Science Committee will hold a full committee hearing on “Department of Energy Science and Technology Priorities.” Additional information and a webcast of the hearing can be found here.
House Appropriations Committee Marks Up Energy and Water Bill: Today at 10:30 AM in 2362-B Rayburn, the Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee will markup the FY2014 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill. Additional information can be found here.
House Energy and Commerce Committee Holds Legislative Markup: Today at 4 PM in 2123 Rayburn, the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a legislative markup of H.R.2218, the “Coal Reuse and Management Act of 2013”; H.R.2279, the “Reducing Excessive Deadline Obligations Act of 2013”; H.R.2318, the “Federal Facility Accountability Act of 2013”; and H.R.2226, the “Federal and State Partnership for Environmental Protection Act of 2013”. Additional information about the bills and the markup can be found here. The markup will take two days, with the second day of consideration commencing at 10AM, June 19th in 2123 Rayburn.
New Member of the Day: US Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Armed Services, and Aging
Chief of Staff: Joel Elliot
Legislative Director: Andrew Lattanner
Twitter: @SenDonnelly and @JoeForIndiana
Experience: Senator Donnelly is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A. 1977, J.D. 1981). Prior to running for public office, He owned a small business and practiced law. He served on the Indiana State Election Board (1988-1989) and on the school board, serving one term as president, for Mishawaka Marian High School (1997-2001). Sen. Donnelly was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006 and was reelected twice, representing Indiana’s Second Congressional District for three terms.
Importance: Senator Donnelly’s moderate views make him an important swing vote in the Senate. While in the House, Donnelly affiliated with the Blue Dog Coalition, and was rarely a sure vote for party leadership. He claims to have voted with Republican Speaker John Boehner nearly 60 percent of the time; voting for a balanced budget constitutional amendment and against cap-and-trade. He is a strong supporter of domestic manufacturing and had the backing of the AFL-CIO in his election. As a representative of manufacturing with seats on the Agriculture and Armed Service Committees, he will be an interesting Member to watch on energy development and environmental issues as he could help broker compromise proposals with like-minded colleagues.
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