Environmental Provisions in TPP Urged

A group of 122 House Members led by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter February 20 to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman encouraging him to continue to push for strong environmental provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.

Dingell to Retire

Representative John Dingell (D-MI), the longest serving lawmaker in congressional history, announced February 24 that he would not seek reelection. Representative Dingell, 87, has served in the House since 1955, and served as chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for 15 years before Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), who is also retiring at the end of the 113th Congress, assumed the post in 2008.

Legislation Introduced

  • Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced legislation (H.R. 4066) February 18 to modify the efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters.

Upcoming Hearings

  • The Senate Environment and Public Works Oversight Subcommittee will hold a hearing February 25 to consider natural resource adaptations.
  • The same day, the same committee will hold a hearing to discuss healthy ecosystems, and specifically their value to commercial and recreational fishing industries, and how the administration can protect and maintain these systems in a changing climate.
  • The House Natural Resources Committee’s energy and mineral resources panel will hold a hearing February 26 to consider energy job opportunities for veterans.
  • The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing February 27 on recycling electronics.
  • The same day, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s water and power subcommittee will hold a hearing to consider hydropower legislation.
  • The same day, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s energy and power subcommittee will hold a hearing on energy access issues.