Week ahead: Senate kicks off energy bill review

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will begin hearings on its new bill overhauling energy policy.

The Energy and Policy Modernization Act, a 357-page bill to reform federal energy laws, will come before the committee on Tuesday.

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP senators urge Saudi Arabia to leave OPEC Schumer: Senate should 'explore' remote voting if coronavirus sparks lengthy break Turning the virus into a virtue — for the planet MORE (R-Alaska), the chairwoman of the committee who sponsored the bill with ranking member Maria CantwellMaria Elaine CantwellMcConnell sets Friday night deadline for bipartisan deal on stimulus Washington state lawmakers warn health workers running low on protective gear Carper staffer tests positive in Delaware MORE (D-Wash.), said the panel will likely hold a second day of hearings on the bill Thursday.

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Among other things, the measure would look to speed up liquefied natural gas export application approvals, prepare the electric grid for renewable energy and improve cybersecurity measures and renew a top conservation program.

The bill looks to increase energy efficiency standards and would end several outdated or redundant government mandates. A House subcommittee approved its version of an energy reform bill this week.

Neither bill includes a controversial provision to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, though Murkowski said that a vote on the measure is likely within the next few weeks. The Senate Banking Committee will consider that proposal on Tuesday; Murkowski is scheduled to testify.

Elsewhere, the Senate will continue consideration of a six-year transportation bill. The legislation calls for selling off part of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to pay for the bill.

The Senate Transportation Committee will hold a Tuesday hearing on legislation that determines who pays for oil spills on U.S. territory.

In the House, the Oversight Committee will hold a hearing on employee misconduct at the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday. The panel’s last hearing on the agency, in April, produced accusations of sexual harassment and on-the-job pornography viewing among employees.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairman Stephen Burns will testify at a House Science, Space and Technology Committee hearing on NRC licensing on Wednesday. On Thursday, the committee’s Energy subpanel will hold a hearing on power supply vulnerabilities.

The House Natural Resources Committee’s oversight panel will hold a hearing probing law enforcement tactics on federal land on Tuesday. The full committee will hold a hearing on enforcement of the Endangered Species Act on Wednesday.

Off Capitol Hill, Murkowski and Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHackers target health care AI amid coronavirus pandemic Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus deal includes funds for mail-in voting | Twitter pulled into fight over virus disinformation | State AGs target price gouging | Apple to donate 10M masks Senator sounds alarm on cyber threats to internet connectivity during coronavirus crisis MORE (D-Va.) will speak at an Atlantic Council event Thursday on U.S. energy production.

 

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