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“We would like to keep the amendments relevant to the bill,” she said. The bill to boost efficiency in buildings and factories sailed through the Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier in May, but the path to the Senate floor remains uncertain.


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Hispanic Caucus backs Grijalva for top committee slot

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is backing Rep. Raúl Grijalva’s (D-Ariz) uphill battle to become the ranking Democrat on the Natural Resources Committee.

“As Democrats, we rightly pride ourselves on our diversity and awareness of what it means to represent Americans from all backgrounds and walks of life,” states a “Dear Colleague” letter from the caucus circulated Thursday. “Few of our colleagues understand and embody that diversity and awareness as well as Raul.”

That slot will open up if current ranking member Rep. Edward MarkeyEd MarkeyDemocratic Rep. Mondaire Jones calls on Breyer to retire Democratic senators call on Biden to support waiving vaccine patents Progressives put Democrats on defense MORE (D-Mass.) is elected to the Massachusetts Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryMcCarthy hails 'whole-of-government approach' to climate Biden must compel China and Russia to act on climate The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - US vaccine effort takes hit with Johnson & Johnson pause MORE.

Grijalva faces very long odds against Peter Defazio (D-Ore.), who’s next in line for the ranking member slot by seniority and has support from a number of key Democrats.

But the CHC, in the letter, calls Grijalva “one of the strongest public land advocates our party has seen in a long time,” and says he is a “consensus builder” among Latino, Native American, Western, environmental and progressive communities.

Sen. Blunt keeps hold on EPA nominee

Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Tax March - CDC in limbo on J&J vax verdict; Rep. Brady retiring Senate GOP to face off over earmarks next week Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP MORE (R-Mo.) said Thursday that he would maintain his procedural hold on Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Interior says it isn't immediately reinstating coal leasing moratorium despite revoking Trump order | Haaland seeks to bolster environmental law targeted by Trump | Debate heats up over role of carbon offsets in Biden's 'net-zero' goal White House adviser: Climate summit will 'show the world that we're back' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Nearly half of U.S. adults partially or fully vaccinated MORE.

Blunt and McCarthy, the agency’s top air quality official, met Wednesday to discuss a Missouri levee project. He said his concerns have not yet been resolved.

“The discussion was frank and disappointing. I intend to talk to the White House more directly about who is in charge, because I’m troubled by the fact the administration doesn’t appear to understand how to manage the agencies it oversees,” Blunt said in a statement.

A Senate panel advanced McCarthy’s nomination to the floor last week on a party-line vote, foretelling a partisan fight to get her confirmed.

Blunt had imposed his hold on McCarthy’s nomination well before that vote.

He says he used the tactic to get answers about why the EPA, the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers missed a self-imposed deadline for providing an update on the levee project.

Brazil pushes offshore oil drilling

Reuters reports:

Brazil plans to sell the right to explore and develop its largest-ever oil discovery in October, putting up for auction an offshore petroleum prospect that is expected to produce about 12 billion barrels of oil over 35 years.

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Fracking chemical disclosure in focus

Bloomberg reports:

FracFocus, the website drillers use to disclose chemicals in hydraulic fracturing, is revamping its system next week to let regulators for the first time search and aggregate the information.

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