Energy issues will continue to be included in the ongoing debate over the debt limit and budget in the coming weeks while several House and Senate committees will examine a broad range of energy issues this week.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) outlined in a June 10 memo to his colleagues items he hoped to take to the House floor in the upcoming months. For example, between now and August 5, Representative Cantor expects to schedule votes on two energy bills, the Jobs and Energy Permitting Act (H.R. 2021) and the North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938).
In the Senate, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee continues to march through a wide variety of energy bills, with several more hearings scheduled for this week as well. Though the committee has been able to move forward with legislation focusing on hydrokinetic energy and carbon capture and storage, to name a couple, passage of measures creating a Clean Energy Deployment Administration, addressing a Clean Energy Standard, and attending to offshore drilling are still forthcoming as Senators negotiate several of the more intricate details of these complex issues and attempt to strike the right balance in an incredibly close chamber.