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Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department Of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department Of Energy; Department Of Interior; Department Of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Nuclear Regulatory Commission; U.S. Export-Import Bank; International; States; Sustainability; and Miscellaneous.
Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate -
Congress came to a halt early last week as members mourned the loss of their colleague Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who passed away last Monday. Following the Senator’s funeral on Wednesday, the Senate considered the Farm Bill on Thursday, voting 75-22 to invoke cloture. The chamber will vote on final passage today. Unlike last year, it appears House leadership will find the time for the Farm Bill in the next few weeks. Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and Bruce Braley (D-IA), along with 11 Democratic cosponsors, introduced H.R. 2290, the Rural Energy Investment Act. The bill would provide $1.3 billion in mandatory funding to Farm Bill energy programs over the next five years. While the House is not expected to vote on the measure, it does provide an important marker for Agriculture Department energy programs as the chamber works toward floor debate on the bill. A copy of the Rural Energy Investment Act is attached.
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