The Senate is in session today. Having passed the $50.5 B supplemental appropriations bill for victims of Hurricane Sandy (62-36), the Senate is set to consider the nomination of John Kerry to serve as the next Secretary of State. The Senate will then turn to consideration of the House passed debt limit increase which requires both Chambers to produce a budget or have congressional salaries for Members withheld.
Other Items of Interest:
Sen. David Vitter, Ranking Member of the EPW Committee laid out his plans to introduce four pieces of legislation to highlight his priorities for the 113th Congress: 1.) Force the adoption of the 5 yr plan approved by DOI during the Bush Administration to open up additional areas of the OCS; (2.) Prohibit releases from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve if permits for KXL are not granted; (3.) Prohibit the implementation of a carbon tax; and (4.) Prohibit the regulation of GHGs unless similar measures are agreed to by China and India.
A bipartisan group of Senators released a document outlining a comprehensive plan for immigration reform. The group includes : Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, Bennet, McCain, Graham, Rubio, and Flake. A copy of the outline of the proposal can be viewed at the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/jg46o5kpvpks4mg/Immigration%20Reform%20Principles.pdf
The Bureau of Land Management announced it is seeking public nominations for open positions on its 29 Resource Advisory Councils (RACs), which advise the BLM on public land issues. As advertised in the Federal Register, the BLM will consider nominations for 45 days. Additional information can be reviewed at the following site: http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/info/newsroom/2013/january/NR_1_28_2013.html
A new report by NOAA and USGS on the threat of climate change and the need for investments in preparation was released yesterday. The release and links to the study can be viewed here: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3496&from=rss_home#.UQc75jW9KSM
At 10AM this morning, API will be releasing the results of a Coordinated Research Council report on the impact of E15 on automobile engines and pumping station infrastructure. Proponents of ethanol have already taken aim at the study with a mantre of “who do you trust” linking the study to the oil and gas industry and claiming collusion.
New(ish) Member of the Day: Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV)
Chief of Staff: Jay Gertsema
Legislative Director: David Rosenbaum
Experience: Dina Titus taught American and Nevada government classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 34 years. She also served in the Nevada Legislature for 20 years, serving as the Democratic Minority Leader from 1993 to 2008. She was elected to Congress in 2008 and served on the T&I, Ed & Labor, and Homeland Security Committees. She was defeated by Rep. Joe Heck in 2010, but returned this year after her home was redistricted into Rep. Shelley Berkley’s district. When Rep. Berkley decided to run for the US Senate, she ran and won in the heavily democratic district.
She earned her Undergraduate degree from William & Mary, a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate from Florida State University.
Importance: Rep. Titus is a returning veteran who understands what it is to lose a seat to a well funded opponent. That experience appeared to have made an impression as she performed as an aggressive and effective fundraiser, stockpiling contributions and distributing more than $400,000 to other candidates in tight races. With a position on the T&I Committee and a lot of political capital to spend, she could be a very effective member.
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