In This Issue:
Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Department of Treasury; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; International; States; Sustainability; and Miscellaneous.
Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate -
Despite coming to an agreement to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling last week, Congress will continue to address these issues over the next three months through the fiscal year 2014 appropriations and yet another debt limit increase. Now that the immediate crisis has passed, however, other issues, such as immigration reform and the farm bill, are beginning to receive renewed attention. The farm bill could be brought into the sequestration debate since the House version cuts $54 billion from the deficit over 10 years and the Senate bill cuts $23 billion, while also including an energy title. The conference committee could have its first formal meeting as early as October 28. Should the bill not pass, the 1949 farm bill would take effect automatically. The House is also expected to spend this week focusing on the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, with a vote on final passage on Thursday; the Senate approved its version, S. 601, in May.
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