• On May 6, Senator Al Franken (D-MN) introduced S. 860, the Rural Energy Investment Act. The bill is the energy legislation included in the 2013 Farm Bill. The legislation would promote agricultural energy technologies such as biofuels, biogas, and biomass. Cosponsors include Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Tim Johnson (D-SD), Mo Cowan (D-MA), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Brian Schatz (D-HI).  
  • On May 8, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced S. 904, a bill that would improve resiliency to extreme weather events. The bill would minimize the economic and social costs resulting from losses of life, property, well-being, business activity, and economic growth.  
  • The same day, Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) along with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) introduced S. 906, a bill that would expand the technologies through which vehicles qualify for the credit for new qualified plug-in electric drive motor vehicles.
  • The same day, Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) introduced H.R. 1881, a bill to increase domestic drilling and reduce regulations.  
  • On May 9, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced S. 913, the Oilheat Efficiency, Renewable Fuel Research and Jobs Training Act. The bill would reauthorize the National Oilheat Research Alliance (NORA) program. Cosponsors of the bill include Sen. Susan Collins (RME), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (DRI), Sen. Mo Cowan (D-MA), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Sen. Christopher Murphy (D-CT), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  
  • The same day, Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY) introduced H.R. 1877, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2013. The bill would authorize $16.55 billion for clean water state revolving funds (SRFs) as well as for sewage overflow management and for pilot water source projects. The bipartisan bill has 25 Democratic cosponsors and 2 Republican cosponsors.  
  • The same day, Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) introduced H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. The bill would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue constructions certificates within 12 months of receiving an application for an interstate natural gas pipeline. Cosponsors include Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT), Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH).  
  • The same day, Rep. Diana DeGette and Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) reintroduced the Fracturing Responsibility of Chemicals (FRAC) Act. The bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate most forms of fracking, would require companies to disclose chemicals in hydraulic fracturing fluid, and would establish trade secret protections.  
  • The same day, Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CO) introduced H.R. 1943, a bill to establish a task force to review policies and measures to promote, and develop best practices for, reduction of short-lived climate pollutants.