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June 16, 2016

CJS filibuster ends with deal to vote on 2 gun amendments

Emily Yehle, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 06:37:25

Murphy and fellow Senate Democrats had held the floor since 11:20 a.m., demanding a vote on two amendments: one to block suspected terrorists from buying guns and another implementing expanded background checks. The filibuster stalled and complicated the passage of the $56.3 billion spending package. “I am proud to announce that after 14+ hours on the floor, we will have a vote on closing the terror gap & universal background checks,” Murphy tweeted.
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Senate conference vote in limbo

Geof Koss, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 06:39:56

A Senate vote to go to conference with the House on energy reform legislation is on hold as Republicans try to build up support among wary Democrats uneasy with the lower chamber’s own energy package. Republicans had tentatively hoped to schedule a conference vote this week, but Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) acknowledged yesterday that there was more work to be done to reach the 60-vote threshold. [ read more … ]

Party-line vote sends Interior-EPA bill to the House floor

Amanda Reilly and Scott Streater, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 04:45:28

The House Appropriations Committee voted 31-18 along party lines today to advance a spending bill for the Interior Department and U.S. EPA that carries policy riders aimed at quashing Obama administration regulations. Appropriators approved the spending bill a day before the Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up its own measure. The House legislation spearheaded by Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) will now move to the floor, where GOP leaders have said they would limit debate in a bid to increase the chances for passing spending bills. [ read more … ]

Siemens, Gamesa Near Wind-Power Deal

By Eyk Henning and Christopher Alessi, Wall Street Journal  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 04:50:22

Siemens AG and Gamesa Corporacion Tecnologica SA are close to announcing an anticipated deal to combine their wind-power activities and create the world’s largest wind-turbine maker, according to people familiar with the matter. [ read more … ]

Grassley: Lobbyists Employ ‘Double Standard’ on Energy Subsidies

By JACK FITZPATRICK, Morning Consult  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 04:46:15

Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday accused those who oppose wind energy tax credits of employing a double standard, pointing to “market-distorting” benefits to other electricity sources such as nuclear power. The Iowa Republican butted heads with representatives from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Enterprise Institute at a Senate Finance Committee hearing. Karen Harbert, CEO of the Chamber’s Institute for 21st Century Energy, testified that the production tax credit for wind power, which Grassley has championed since 1992, undercuts fossil fuels and cleaner nuclear power.
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Potential Trump nominee helps sink Minn. emissions law

Robin Bravender, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-06-16 04:46:34

One of Donald Trump’s Supreme Court short-listers joined in a court ruling today knocking down a Minnesota climate change law. Judge Steven Colloton, one of the 11 judges the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has said he would consider for the high court, joined two of his colleagues on a federal appeals court in the decision rejecting a 2007 state law that aims to limit carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector. [ read more … ]

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