The Senate is expected to vote on S. 601, the Water Resources Development Act, the week of May 6. The bill, which was recently unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, would authorize water infrastructure projects including dams and dredging.

Bills Introduced

  • On April 26, Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced H.R. 1807, The Residential Energy and Economic Savings (TREES) Act. The bill would create a grant program to encourage utilities to plant trees in order to reduce residential energy demand. The legislation was cosponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).  

Upcoming Hearings

  • On May 7, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the Helium Stewardship Act of 2013.  
  • On May 7, the House Science Committee's Energy and Environment subcommittees will hold a joint hearing examining the scientific and environmental issues with the Keystone XL pipeline.  
  • On May 7, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on energy exports.  
  • On May 8, the House Natural Resources Committee will examine Interior’s proposed fracking rule.  
  • On May 8, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will hold a business meeting to consider five hydropower bills and S. 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (“Shaheen-Portman”).  
  • On May 9, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on the nomination of Gina McCarthy to be Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator. The full Senate still must vote for her nomination to be confirmed.
  • On May 9, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture will hold a hearing on the FY14 budget request. The attached letter from fifteen senators to Chairman Pryor (D-AR) and Ranking Member Blunt (R-MO) asks that the subcommittee provide funding for USDA energy programs. Click here to view the letter.  
  • On May 9, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Energy and Power Subcommittee will hold a hearing on grid reliability challenges.