Energy & Environment Update

In This Issue:

- Energy and Climate Debate

- Congress

- Administration

- Department of Energy

- Department of Interior

- Environmental Protection Agency

- Government Accountability Office

- International

- States

- Sustainability

- Miscellaneous

- Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate:

Congress is in recess for two weeks, but returns April 28 to a full agenda.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) said April 10 that her bipartisan energy efficiency package (S. 2074), could see floor time in May, after consideration of the minimum wage bill (S. 2223). Leadership is still negotiating a process to limit floor amendments to the measure. House Energy and Commerce Chair Fred Upton (R-MI) said last October that he would move the bill through his committee if it passed the Senate. The House passed energy efficiency legislation (H.R. 2126) in March that included some aspects of the Shaheen-Portman package.

On the tax extenders front, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated last week that he would prefer to address tax extenders “sooner rather than later.” Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) said April 8 that the Senate is likely to vote on the Senate Finance Committee reported measure soon after Congress returns from the two-week recess. The Finance Committee voted April 3 to extend more than 50 temporary tax incentives, benefits, and credits through 2015. As with the energy efficiency package, negotiations are underway over how to address amendments, with Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) hoping to reduce the package’s overall cost through a series of amendments on the floor.

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