Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 12:03pm
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) canceled the Senate’s Fourth of July recess to allow Senators additional time to debate how to reduce the federal deficit and raise the national debt ceiling. The House will also return next week to work on the debt ceiling and continue deficit negotiations with President Obama.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 12:00pm
Forty one Republican Senators sent a letter to EPA Administrator Jackson and Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, critical of the draft Clean Water Act guidance. “This guidance has clear regulatory consequences and goes beyond being simply advisory guidelines,” the Senators wrote on June 30. “We respectfully request you abandon any further action on this guidance document.”
To read the full text of the letter click on the link below.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:58am
The House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill extending the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility-Anti Terrorism Standards program for the next seven years, HR 901, by voice vote on June 22. This DHS program does not cover security at drinking water and wastewater facilities. The bill now moves to the House Energy and Commerce Committee for consideration. However, that committee already approved its own version of a CFATS extension bill, HR 908, on May 26. HR 908 also does not cover security at water facilities.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:56am
The Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee passed HR 872, exempting pesticide users who spray over water from obtaining a Clean Water Act permit, on June 21. The Committee rapidly approved the legislation by voice vote in a business meeting held just off the Senate floor.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Fri, 07/01/2011 - 11:55am
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on EPA’s Nutrient Standards on June 24. The subcommittee heard testimony from Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for Water at EPA, as well as testimony from several state regulators.
Submitted by Kristin Goree on Wed, 06/22/2011 - 2:10pm
HR 2018, a bipartisan bill introduced by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John L. Mica (R-FL) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall (D-WV), passed out of the committee today, June 22, by a vote of 35-19.
Chairman Mica said, “H.R. 2018 restores the historic and balanced partnership between EPA and the states in regulating our nation’s waters. We must ensure that EPA works with the states, not in spite of them, in setting reasonable, sound water quality standards.”