Tuesday in Washington:
Focus Today on Georgetown:
Both the House and the Senate are in session today. Following a vote to invoke cloture and conclude debate on the immigration reform bill, the Senate appears to be headed for the likely final passage ofS. 744 later this week. The House will consider three bills under suspension( H.R. 2383 designating the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, H.R. 1092 designating the Patricia Clark Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center, and H.R. 2289 renaming section 219(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as the Kay Bailey Hutchison Spousal IRA.
The President will announce his plans to combat climate change during an address at Georgetown University today. A copy of the action plan that will be announced today is available here. We will provide a full breakdown of the initiatives tomorrow morning.
The House Rules Committee will meet this evening to go over the rule for consideration of on H.R.1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act”; and H.R.2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act”. For H.R. 1613, Dodd-Frank provisions providing waivers of required disclosures to the SEC could provide one of the more interesting debating points highlighting the challenges faced by US companies subject to the law when dealing with National Oil Companies globally who are not subject to the same regulations. For H.R. 2231, it will be interesting to monitor any additional amendments that may be attempted on liability reforms, although most efforts on that front are unlikely to be ruled germane to the bill. Consideration should wrap up by late Thursday night or early Friday morning.
Other Items of Interest:
Senator Vitter and Colleague Urge Rejection of ESA Listings Rule: Senator David Vitter (R-LA) sent a letter to the head of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a rule urging the rejection of a proposed by the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) related to the economic impact of designating critical habitat for endangered and threatened wildlife. The Senator is concerned that the method of economic analysis required by the rule is insufficient for assessing the full cost of critical habitat designations.
National Lightning Awareness Week: For those unaware, this is National Lightning Awareness week. In recognition of this week, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a multi-year analysis showing that fishing topped the list of leisure activities involved in deadly lightning strikes. Apparently, fishing is followed by camping, boating, soccer, and golf. Thank you, NOAA.
Institute for Energy Research Provides Tool To Track Energy Subsidies: The Institute for Energy Research recently launched its Federal Energy Spending Tracker ( www.energysubsidies.org) designed to provide policymakers, government officials, researchers, journalists, and the general public greater access to data about taxpayer-funded energy subsidies. The tool tracks grants, loans, and tax subsidies for the last four fiscal years and has been endorsed by a number of government transparency groups.
EIA Warns of Insufficient Electric Supplies Coming Online in Texas: In a recent post, the US Energy Information Administration highlighted challenges facing Texas. According to the EIA, a robust economy and population growth have led to increased peak demand for electricity over the past five years and regulatory and market uncertainty are some of the factors limiting incentives for significant investment in new supply, leading to a narrowing of reserve margins. Texas is the only region in the North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) 2013 Summer Reliability Assessment with a reserve margin below target level. This marks the second year in a row that the region has been below its target reserve margin of 13.75%. With a reserve margin below target, extended periods of high temperatures combined with unplanned outages of some generation or transmission capacity may push demand for electric power higher than the available supply, potentially leading to increased calls for emergency conservation programs or even rolling blackouts.
Important Events and Hearings:
Senate Committee to Mark Up Energy and Water Bill: Today at 10 AM in 192 Dirksen, the Senate Appropriations Committee, Energy and Water Development Subcommittee will markup of the FY2014 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.
AICGS Hosts Discussion on Critical Materials: Today at 12 PM at 1755 Mass Ave. NW Suite 700, the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) will hold a discussion entitled: “It’s a Material World: Managing Metals and Critical Materials Against All Odds,” focusing on “transparency in the extractive industries and international trade.” Raimund Bleischwitz, co-director on material flows and resource management at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany, will lead the discussion.
Natural Gas Roundtable Hosts Former Sen. Byron Dorgan: Today at 12 PM, the Natural Gas Roundtable will hold a discussion on a new report, “New Dynamics of the U.S. Natural Gas Market.” Former Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, will lead the discussion.
National Research Council Releases New Study on Pipeline Safety: Today at 12:15 PM, the National Research Council will hold a conference call briefing on a report on the “likelihood of pipeline releases of shipments of diluted bitumen compared with shipments of other crude oils, taking into account their chemical and physical properties, accident data, and pipeline operations and maintenance.” Contact email@example.com to RSVP for call-in details. The report will be embargoed and not for public release until noon Tuesday, June 25.
Senate Committee to Review Energy Efficiency Legislation: Today at 2 PM in 366 Dirksen, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing on S.1084, the “Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2013”; S.717, the “Nonprofit Energy Efficiency Act”; and at least seven other pending energy efficiency bills.
AAAS Host Discussion on Food, Feed, and Fuel: Today at 4PM at 1200 New York Avenue, NW, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will hold the 2013 Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture on “Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops Under Global Atmospheric Change: Could We Have it All in 2030?” Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the Agriculture Department; Stephen Long, professor of plant biology and crop sciences at the University of Illinois; Per Pinstrup-Andersen, professor of food, nutrition and public policy at Cornell University; Richard Bonanno, president of the Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation; and Pam Johnson, president of the Corn Board of the National Corn Growers Association, will participate in the discussion.
House Rules Committee Meets to Set Rules for Energy Bills and Ag Approps: Today at 5 PM in H-313, the House Rules Committee meets to formulate a rule on H.R.1613, the “Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act”; and H.R.2231, the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act”.
New Member of the Day: US Representative Susan Brooks (R-IN)
Committee Assignments: Education and Workforce, Homeland Security, and Ethics
Chief of Staff: Mel Raines
Legislative Director: Megan Savage
Experience: After receiving her undergraduate degree from Miami University of Ohio, Rep. Brooks pursued a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Indiana University Indianapolis School of Law. Before joining the House of Representatives, Susan served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ivy Tech Community College. While there, she implemented workforce development strategies aiming to enhance job training and placement for thousands of Indiana residents. In 2001, President George W. Bush appointed Susan as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. She earned recognition as Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis during the Steve Goldsmith administration, where she provided oversight on public safety operations and drove community dialogue on vital civic issues. She also practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Ice Miller and also served as a criminal defense attorney for Indianapolis based McClure, McClure and Kammen.
Importance: Congresswoman Susan Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight counties throughout the central part of Indiana. It was concern about the country’s debt and deficit and its effect on the labor market that prompted her to run for Congress in the first place. During her race, she made headlines by dismissing Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, saying she wouldn’t sign pledges of any kind. Her background in education and her focus on jobs makes her a strong advocate for STEM education and preparing students for actual careers in an increasingly competitive job market. She believes that there is a federal role in education to ensure our students are able to compete globally.
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