Monday, June 23, 2014

Capitol Hill This Week - What to Watch For

The House is expected to vote this week on H.R. 3301, a bill that would replace the current system of open-ended executive branch permits for border-crossing energy infrastructure (such as the Keystone XL pipeline) with "certificates of crossing" issued within 120 days.  H.R. 3301 would streamline the approval process for the construction, connection, operation or maintenance of oil pipelines, natural gas pipelines, and electric transmission lines at the national boundary of the United States (Including exempting the cross-border decision from National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review).  The Senate may vote as early as this week on S. 2363 ("to protect and enhance opportunities for recreational hunting, fishing, and shooting, and for other purposes"), a package of 12 bills that include reauthorizations of federal programs to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and that would allow federal agencies to use revenues from land sales to acquire lands of higher conservation value.

Below are the other U.S. House and Senate activities currently scheduled for the week that relate to Mississippi River Basin water resources.  Links are provided to the relevant committee pages on the Internet, and, where appropriate, to pieces of legislation. Many Congressional proceedings are webcast live, and these should be, as well (follow the appropriate link).  All times are Eastern.  This page will be updated as warranted.


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