Tuesday in Washington

Tuesday in Washington:


The Struggle Resumes:

The Senate and the House will be in session today.   Yesterday, the Senate confirmed Mary Jo White to be the next head of the Securities Exchange Commission by unanimous consent.  The Senate will now move to consideration of a package of gun control legislation including measures to increase penalties for gun trafficking, expanded background checks for gun purchases, and grants for school safety.  There are 12 Republican Senators who have announced plans to filibuster any gun control legislation put forward

However, some news organizations claim that a middle ground position negotiated by Senators Toomey (R-PA) and Manchin (D-WV) might be able to generate sufficient support to overcome a filibuster.  With the budget being released this week, the debt ceiling approaching yet again, and a dismal jobs report last week, overcoming a 12 member filibuster would require a significant amount of floor time and require a level of commitment to passing legislation through just one chamber that seems unlikely.

Meanwhile, the House will take up measures expediting the use of hydroelectric power on Bureau of Reclamation properties and restricting the activities of the National Labor Relations Board.

 Committee Hearings:

 Moniz Nomination Hearing: Today, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the nomination of Dr. Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy. Link: http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/hearings-and-business-meetings?ID=aa419f0a-4c25-4d05-980e-9ab889d207f0.

Automotive Hearing: On April 10th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will hold a hearing on “Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward.” Link: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/our-nation-builders-powering-us-automobile-manufacturing-forward-0.

Keystone XL Hearing: On April 10th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on “H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act.”Link: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/hr-3-northern-route-approval-act.

Gina McCarthy Nomination Hearing: On April 11th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold a full committee hearing on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  Link: http://www.epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=d71fd4b6-ce77-3a98-46a0-fb02b0cae0ed.

Energy Opportunities in Latin America Hearing:  On April 11th, the House Foreign Affairs Committee Western Hemisphere Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Energy Opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean.”  Link: http://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-hearing-energy-opportunities-latin-america-and-caribbean.

Coal Ash Hearing:  On April 11th, the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy will hold a hearing on the Coal Ash Recycling and Oversight Act.  Link: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/coal-ash-recycling-and-oversight-act-2013.

Nuclear Waste Hearing: On April 11th, the House Appropriations Committee, Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Subcommittee will hold a hearing on “Oversight Hearing: Nuclear Waste Programs and Strategies.”  Link: http://appropriations.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=325997.

Energy Consumers Relief Act Hearing: On April 12, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing on the Energy Consumers Relief Act.  Link: http://energycommerce.house.gov/hearing/legislative-hearing-energy-consumers-relief-act-2013.

Ethanol Hearing: On April 11th, the House Science Committee will meet to consider H.R. 875, to provide for a comprehensive assessment of the scientific and technical research on the implications of the use of mid-level ethanol blends, and new legislation to amend the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 to provide for Scientific Advisory Board member qualifications, and public participation.  Link: http://science.house.gov/markup/full-committee-markup-hr-875-hr.

Other Items of Interest:

Chairmen Camp and Baucus Pen Op-Ed on Tax Reform: On Monday in the WSJ, Chairman Camp and Chairman Baucus, the respective heads of the tax writing committees in the House and the Senate, wrote an op-ed stating that tax reform prospects for passage are very real.  Many experts have publically questioned whether any kind of tax reform is actually realistic given the current makeup of Congress.  A copy of the op-ed can be viewed here: http://waysandmeans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=326843.

Brookings Event on US-Alberta Energy Relations and KXL: Today, the Brookings Institution will hold a discussion on “U.S.-Alberta Energy Relations,” including a look at the Keystone XL pipeline.  Presenting will be:  Alison Redford, the premier of Alberta; Daniel Yergin, trustee of the Brookings Institution and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates; and Charles Ebinger, senior fellow and director of the Brookings Energy Security Initiative.  Additional information can be found here: http://www.brookings.edu.

California Judge Says BLM Violated NEPA Regarding Fracking Review:  According to U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Grenwal in California, the BLM violated NEPA by failing to take the necessary “hard look” at the impact of hydraulic fracturing when it sold oil and gas leases in California.  The case brought by the Center for Biological Diversity involves 2,700 acres of federal land in Monterey and Fresno counties leased by the BLM in 2011.  Additional information can be found here: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-04-08/u-s-failed-to-take-hard-look-at-fracking-judge-rules.html

Carbon Markets Discussion: On April 10th, the Center for American Progress (CAP) will hold a discussion on “Going Global? Linking U.S. State Carbon Markets to the World,” focusing on the potential evolution of the U.S. economic and political relationship with the European Union, Australia, and Canada through the linking of carbon markets.  Presenting will be: Tom Perriello, president and CEO of the CAP Action Fund; Lars Zetterberg, senior scientist and director of business development at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute; Laurie Burt, president of Laurie Burt, LLC.; Harinder Sidhu, first assistant secretary of the Adaptation, Science and Communications Division of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency for the Commonwealth of Australia; Brian Turner, assistant executive officer of the California Air Resources Board; and Rebecca Lefton, senior policy analyst at CAP.  Additional information can be found here: http://www.americanprogress.org.

 New Member of the Day: US Rep. Dave Joyce (R-OH)


 Committee Assignments: House Appropriations Committee


Chief of Staff: Dino DiSanto

Legislative Director: John Miceli

Twitter: @RepDaveJoyce


Rep. Joyce graduated from West Geauga High School and went on to receive his BA in Accounting and Juris Doctorate from The University of Dayton. Upon graduation, he moved back to Geauga County and worked as a public defender.  Beginning in 1988, he served as the Geauga County Prosecuting Attorney for 24 years.  In 2005, the Ohio State Women’s Bar Association presented him with the Family Friendly Workplace Award for providing his employees a family-oriented office environment.


Rep. Joyce replaced Rep. Steve LaTourette, a Member both revered and reviled for his independent streak.  LaTourette’s decision not to formally withdraw his re-election candidacy until Aug. 8 allowed party leaders to choose a candidate — Joyce — without conducting a primary election.  Rep. Joyce is considered by some to be more conservative than LaTourette, but he has expressed support for federal spending for roads and infrastructure and is willing to raise taxes to reduced the national debt, positions that are more moderate within the House Republican caucus.  He will serve on the House Appropriations Committee an assignment relatively rare for a freshman. 

If you have any questions, please give me a call anytime. Previous updates and Member profiles can be reviewed at:http://www.mzehrhbw.wordpress.com. Hope you have a great Tuesday!


Michael Zehr

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