Wednesday in Washington

Wednesday in Washington:
The House and the Senate will be in session today. A large snow storm has descended upon Washington resulting in the partial closure of the federal government. The House will be considering H.R. 933, the Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013. This is the legislative vehicle for the continuing resolution to fund the federal government throughout the end of the fiscal year. The House is expected to complete work on the measure early in advance of a major winter storm set to hit the region over the next 24-48 hours. On the Senate side, discussions have moved to expanding the package to include appropriations bills for Labor-HHS-Education, Transportation-HUD or Commerce-Justice-Science. The challenge will be finding changes that can be made without losing the support of the House.

Other Items of interest:

House Committee Releases Assessment of Keystone XL
The House Energy and Commerce Committee released a policy paper entitled “A History Worth Repeating: The Alaska Pipeline and Its Lessons for Keystone XL,” comparing the challenges of building the Keystone XL pipeline to the debate over the Trans-Alaska pipeline four decades ago. A copy of the report can be reviewed here:

CRS Report on Energy Production on Federal Lands
The Congressional Research service issued a report finding that oil and gas production fell on Federal lands despite increases in production overall due to increased development on private lands. The report found that all increases in oil production since 2007 have occurred on non-federal lands A copy of the CRS Report can be viewed here:

US Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) to Lead Environment Subcommittee
House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) announced that Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) will serve as the new Chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. A decorated Air Force pilot, author and former CEO of a consulting company that specialized in environmental issues, Rep. Stewart will bring a unique perspective to the Subcommittee as it reviews new rules proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Additional information about the announcement can be viewed here:

House Committee Hears Testimony on Potential for Additional Offshore Development
At a hearing before the House Natural Resources Committee, witnesses testified a out the potential for additional jobs and economic development activity from additional development of both conventional and renewable resources offshore. Highlights from the hearing can be reviewed here:

Hugo Chávez Dies at 58
Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the socialist leader who assailed U.S. influence in Latin America in his campaign against capitalism and democratic freedoms, died Tuesday. He was 58. The development ushers in speculation about succession and the future of US relations with the S. American country. Additional in formation published by USA Today can be reviewed here:

House Hearing on US Automobile Manufacturers
On March 6th, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Our Nation of Builders: Powering U.S. Automobile Manufacturing Forward. Additional information about the hearing can be reviewed here:

Science Committee Hearing on Climate Issues
On March 6th, the House Science Committee Environment Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Policy-Relevant Climate Issues in Context. Information about the hearing and copies of the testimony can be reviewed here:

New Member of the Day: US Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Committee Assignments: Banking, HELP, and Aging

Chief of Staff: Mindy Myers
Legislative Director: Jonathan Donenberg
Twitter: @Elizabethforma


Sen. Warren was born in Oklahoma City, OK, on June 22, 1949. She attended George Washington University from 1966-1968, graduated from the University of Houston in 1970, and earned a law degree from Rutgers University in1976. she has worked as an elementary school speech pathologist, a law professor, a bankruptcy expert and an author of more than one hundred articles and nine books, including two national best-sellers (The Two-Income Trap and All Your Worth). She chaired the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program from 2008-210 and served as Assistant to the President and Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau from 2010-2011.


Sen. Warren was the only Senate candidate to defeat a sitting incumbent in 2012. She is an out-spoken critic of Wall Street excesses and is one of the most thoroughly informed Members with regard to financial regulation and the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation. Her strong statements and artful expressions opposing the wealthy and powerful in the US have engendered strong support among the progressive base of the Democratic Party. As an advisor to the Obama Administration, Sen Warren proposed the creation of what eventually became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Despite her lack of seniority, Sen. Warren is a leader n the Senate Banking Committee and will play a critical role as the the regulations for the Dodd-Frank legislation emerge.

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