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Jun 25, 2014
The Republican-led House of Representatives in on track to mark a grim milestone today: the 500th vote on the floor to undermine protection of the environment. In the 112th Congress, the House Republicans voted 317 times for anti-environment positions. In 2013, the anti-environment votes increased by 109 to 426. Today, the House is likely to cast its 500th anti-environment...
Jun 24, 2014
Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) introduced H.R. 3301 on October 22, 2013. The bill, as introduced, replaces the current procedure and requirements to obtain a presidential permit for construction of transboundary oil or natural gas pipelines and electric transmission lines. The bill’s new approval process effectively requires approval of all transboundary...
Jun 24, 2014
On June 24, 2014, the House considered H.R. 3301. After an hour of general debate, three Democratic amendments were offered: Rep. Pallone: The amendment ensures that the complete length of cross-border projects receive a thorough environmental review under NEPA. (Defeated by a roll call vote of 176-233.) Rep. Waxman: The amendment excludes any project with a pending...
May 7, 2014
The Energy and Commerce Committee began a markup on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The Committee considered the following: • H.R. 3301, the “North American Energy Infrastructure Act;” • H.R. 4342, the “Domain Openness Through Continued Oversight Matters Act of 2014;” and, • H.R. 4572, "a bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to extend expiring...
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Renew Request for Information on Koch Industries’ Stake in Keystone XL Pipeline
Apr 17, 2014
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries, following up on their letter last month regarding Koch Industries’ financial stake in the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Koch Industries’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary Mark Holden replied to the members’ letter last week but failed to provide any of the...
Apr 16, 2014
As Secretary of State John Kerry continues to consider the fate of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse wrote to Secretary Kerry explaining why the project is not in our national interest and submitting formal comments critiquing several key elements of the State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS)....
Rep. Waxman and Sen. Whitehouse Request Information on Koch Industries’ Financial Interest in Keystone XL
Mar 26, 2014
Today Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse sent a letter to Koch Industries requesting information about Koch Industries’ or its affiliated companies’ financial interests in the Keystone XL pipeline. Koch Industries has been asked about these ties in the past and has consistently denied having any interest. But there is mounting evidence that Koch Industries...
Jan 31, 2014
Today Bicameral Task Force on Climate Change Co-Chairs Rep. Henry A. Waxman and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse commented on the State Department release of the final supplemental environmental impact statement of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The statement includes projections of the carbon pollution impacts of the Keystone XL pipeline based on expected values for oil prices, tar sands...
Nov 21, 2013
Although it is the stated goal of H.R. 1900 to provide for “the timely consideration” of applications for natural gas pipeline projects, the legislative record clearly demonstrates that H.R. 1900 would disrupt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) existing permitting process, which gets natural gas pipelines permitted in a timely manner. This bill would...
Nov 21, 2013
On November 20, 2013, the House passed H.Res. 420, the rule governing H.R. 1900 with a roll call vote of 225 -194. Members reconvened on November 21, 2013, for one hour of general debate and a passage vote on H.R. 1900. Ranking Member Henry A. Waxman spoke in opposition to the bill which undermines public safety and environmental protections.
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