Week ahead: House gets to work on energy reform

The House Energy and Commerce Committee will kick off efforts this week toward writing Congress's first comprehensive energy legislation in eight years.

The panel’s energy and power subcommittee on Thursday will examine draft legislation meant to train a 21st century workforce, committee officials said.

The draft legislation has not been unveiled, nor has the witness list. But in a framework of the reform plan released earlier this year, the committee said it wants to better prepare workers for the demands of the changing energy and manufacturing industries amid the oil and gas boom of recent years.

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“This draft will allow the Department of Energy, along with the national laboratories, community colleges, and public-private partnerships, to better coordinate and leverage existing resources to foster an energy and manufacturing workforce for the 21st century,” it said.

The legislation on energy workers is part of a larger package House Republicans are pushing to boost energy production.  

Other congressional committees will hold hearings this week to examine funding requests, regulations, and agency personnel.

The House Appropriations Committee is scheduled Wednesday to vote on the funding bill for the Energy Department and water-related programs. A subcommittee approved the bill last week.

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will also get involved in the spending process, when its water resources and environment subcommittee meets Wednesday about the 2016 budget requests from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

The House Science Committee will scrutinize the Obama administration’s proposed regulations for hydraulic fracturing on public lands in a Thursday hearing on the science behind the rules. Lawmakers will hear from various stakeholders on the proposal.

Marking five years since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a BP-owned well, the House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on what has happened since then, entitled “Innovations in Safety Since the 2010 Macondo Incident,” referring to the name of the well site.

On the other side of Capitol Hill, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday will discuss the nomination of Vanessa Sutherland to be the chairwoman of the Chemical Safety Board.

Sutherland would replace Rafael Moure-Eraso, who resigned after President Obama asked him to leave amid allegations he broke various laws and being under pressure from a bipartisan group of lawmakers.

The American Council on Renewable Energy will host its annual policy forum Thursday. Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerThis week: Barr back in hot seat over Mueller report Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary MORE (R-Nev.), Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Trump rails against media coverage | Calls reporting on Iran tensions 'highly inaccurate' | GOP senator blocking Trump pick for Turkey ambassador | Defense bill markup next week Trump reaches deal to lift steel, aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada Top GOP senator blocking Trump's pick for Turkey ambassador MORE (R-Iowa), Chris CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMnuchin says carbon capture tax credit guidance will be out soon Mnuchin signals administration won't comply with subpoena for Trump tax returns Menendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions MORE (D-Del.) and Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerSenate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran Graham: Trump officials not adequately briefing on Iran threat MORE (R-Colo.) will all give speeches.

The American Association of Port Authorities will host its annual conference Monday through Wednesday, where Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Senate Dems introduce Green New Deal alternative | Six Republicans named to House climate panel | Wheeler confirmed to lead EPA Overnight Energy: Joshua Tree National Park lost M in fees due to shutdown | Dem senator, AGs back case against oil giants | Trump officials secretly shipped plutonium to Nevada Overnight Energy: Ethics panel clears Grijalva over settlement with staffer | DC aims to run on 100 percent clean energy by 2032 | Judges skeptical of challenge to Obama smog rule MORE will speak Tuesday the role ports play in sustainability. 

 

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