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The US House of Representatives is scheduled this week to take up a bill (H.R. 1837) that could have broad implications for the Endangered Species Act and water law and management.

Monday:

Natural gas development and jobs field hearing
House Natural Resources — Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee
February 27 — 9am; Steubenville, Ohio

Tuesday:

Farm bill conservation hearing
Senate Agriculture Committee
February 28 — 10am; 216 Hart

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 28 — 10am; 366 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Environmental Protection Agency FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy and Power Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Development Subcommittee
February 28 — 2pm; 2359 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 9:30am; 124 Dirksen

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
February 29 — 10am; H-309 Capitol Building

EPA FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

Thursday:

Fish & Wildlife Service FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 1 — 9am; B-308 Rayburn

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Today, the President will release his federal budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 at 11:15am.  The proposal will outline a spending plan for all federal agencies–and will likely include a series of cuts to reduce the federal deficit.

Early reports indicate that the budget will include $31 million to continue deepening the Delaware River shipping channel.

Congress will likely spend time this week on the Transportation reauthorization package (H.R. 7).  Committees will hold several hearings to scrutinize elements of the Administration’s budget.

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
February 15 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

Federal agency reorganization hearing
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
February 15 — 9:30am; 2154 Rayburn

Thursday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee
February 16 — 1:30pm; 2359 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 16 — 9:30am; 366 Dirksen

Friday:

Chincoteague NWR conservation plan hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs Subcommittee
February 17 — 9:30am; 1324 Longworth

Agriculture department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
February 17 — 10am; 2362A Rayburn

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Wednesday:

Pavillion, WY EPA groundwater contamination study hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
February 1 — 10am; 2318 Rayburn

Thursday:

Energy and revenue provisions for Transportation bill reauthorization markup (includes Atlantic coast drilling)
House Natural Resources Committee
February 2 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

Friday:

EPA science hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
February 3 — 10am; 2318 Rayburn

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This week, House and Senate conferees completed consideration of the first “minibus” package of appropriations bills (H.R. 2112), which includes funding for the Commerce, Agriculture and Transportation departments.  The House is set to vote on the final package later this week, perhaps tomorrow, and the Senate will follow thereafter.  The bill includes a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at current fiscal year 2011 levels through December 16.  Report language can be found on the House Rules Committee website.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive nearly $5 billion.  Agency funding increases are directed primarily at climate and weather satellites (page 12 of the report).
  • The agriculture department’s Wetlands Reserve Program would be capped at 185,800 acres and the Open Fields program would be eliminated.  The bill also provides $5,000,000 for the Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (page 75 of the report).

Meanwhile, the Senate is struggling with another minibus, and was unable to include the Energy and Water Development spending bill in that package.  The Senate began solo consideration of the EWD bill (H.R. 2354) yesterday and continues today.

It is unclear exactly how many minibuses there will ultimately be–and how the Interior and Environment bill fits into the current scenario.

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The Senate will continue its consideration of fiscal year 2012 appropriations as it brings a “minibus” of three spending bills to the floor:  Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State and Foreign Operations.  Some reports suggest that an amendment will be offered to the minibus (specifically, the Energy & Water bill, H.R. 2354) to prevent the US Army Corps of Engineers from revising its Clean Water Act guidance.

The previous minibus, which included the Agriculture and Commerce-Justice-Science bills, is currently being conferenced.

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that is set to expire this Friday, November 18.  All unfinished appropriations will require another CR.

Also this week, the House will likely consider a Coast Guard reauthorization bill (H.R. 2838) that carries provisions for the regulation of invasive species in ballast water.

Monday:

Marcellus Shale field hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
November 14 — 10am; Charleston, West Virginia

Wednesday:

Hydraulic fracturing and regulatory approaches hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources Subcommittee
November 16 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Thursday:

EPA science in rulemaking hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
November 17 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Public lands bills markup
House Natural Resources Committee
November 17 — 10am; 1324 Longworth
Includes:

  • National Wildlife Refuge System stamp bill (H.R. 2236)
  • Electronic duck stamp bill (H.R. 3117)

The House is not in session next week.  The Senate has not yet determined if it will recess next week as well.

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Following closely on the heels of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of its study plan for hydraulic fracturing in natural gas development, today the Delaware River Basin Commission revealed its proposed final regulation for fracking within its jurisdiction.

The rules focus on water withdrawal, use and management, and according to the DRBC website, “The Commission will rely on the oil and gas program of the state in which a natural gas well is located to regulate the construction and operation activities of the natural gas well and well pad for which separate administration by the Commission would result in unnecessary duplication.”

The public comment period is closed and the final rule will be voted on by the commissioners on November 21.

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Yesterday, the House passed a continuing resolution to fund the federal government past the end of the fiscal year on September 30 well into November.  A $100 million cut to a contentious US Department of Energy loan program was added to the bill to garner votes for passage.  The bill, which falls within the debt-ceiling cap, still includes $3.65 billion in disaster funding.

This morning, the Senate did not pass the House’s CR and will now need alternative legislation that can be agreed to within the next seven days.

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