OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Move to end Keystone debate fails

THE NEVER-ENDING STORY: A move to end debate on legislation to approve the Keystone XL pipeline failed in a 53-39 vote on Monday evening. 

Eight senators were absent for the vote, hurting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants GOP rattled by Trump rally Third Kentucky Democrat announces challenge to McConnell MORE's (R-Ky.) attempt to move on to final passage of the bill after three weeks of debate.


Those missing? Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidDems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller Steyer's impeachment solution is dead wrong MORE (D-Nev.), Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkAdvocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio Ex-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby MORE (R-Ill.) John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain shares video of father shutting down supporter who called Obama an 'Arab' after Trump rally Graham: Every Republican president or nominee 'will be accused of being a racist' No presidential candidate can unite the country MORE (R-Ariz.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand Feds allow campaigns to accept discounted cybersecurity services GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (D-Mo.), Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiLobbying World Only four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar MORE (D-Md.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranEpstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse Bottom Line Senate GOP raises concerns about White House stopgap plan to avoid shutdown MORE (R-Kan.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Overnight Defense: US shoots down Iranian drone | Pentagon sending 500 more troops to Saudi Arabia | Trump mulls Turkey sanctions | Trump seeks review of Pentagon cloud-computing contract EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Fla.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTop Democrats demand security assessment of Trump properties Senate passes bill making hacking voting systems a federal crime Senators unload on Facebook cryptocurrency at hearing MORE (D-Va.).

Democrats voting to invoke cloture? Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Dems open to killing filibuster in next Congress Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand McConnell's Democratic challenger McGrath backtracks on Kavanaugh comments McConnell's Democratic challenger says she likely would have voted for Kavanaugh MORE (N.D.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants Biden, Harris set for second Democratic debate showdown Health care moves to center stage in Democratic primary fight MORE (Colo.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries McConnell's Democratic challenger McGrath backtracks on Kavanaugh comments MORE (Ind.). All four support building the $8 billion project.

Supporters of Keystone who voted to filibuster? Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi looks to squash fight with progressives MORE (D-Mont.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDemocrats grill USDA official on relocation plans that gut research staff Trump's new labor chief alarms Democrats, unions Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers struggle to understand Facebook's Libra project | EU hits Amazon with antitrust probe | New cybersecurity concerns over census | Robocall, election security bills head to House floor | Privacy questions over FaceApp MORE (D-Pa.), and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperFighting the opioid epidemic: Congress can't just pass laws, but must also push to enforce them Overnight Energy: Scientists flee USDA as research agencies move to Kansas City area | Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules to put industry reps on boards | New rule to limit ability to appeal pollution permits Watchdog finds EPA skirted rules when appointing industry leaders to science boards MORE (D-Del.). 

Read more on the vote here

DRILL, BABY, DRILL: Alaska’s all-Republican congressional delegation condemned President Obama’s plan to further restrict potential drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

In a colorful Capitol Hill news conference Monday, Alaska’s three lawmakers said the Sunday announcement makes it clear that Obama doesn’t care for them or for Congress. 

"'King George' Obama really believes he doesn’t have to acknowledge laws that were passed by the Congress," said Rep. Don YoungDonald (Don) Edwin YoungGOP scores procedural win by securing more funding to enforce Iran sanctions Ex-GOP lawmakers are face of marijuana blitz Congress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future MORE (R-Alaska). "Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people. This man, this person, has gone completely wacko."

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPoll: McConnell is most unpopular senator Overnight Defense: Highlights from Defense pick's confirmation hearing | Esper spars with Warren over ethics | Sidesteps questions on Mattis vs. Trump | Trump says he won't sell F-35s to Turkey Epstein charges show Congress must act to protect children from abuse MORE (R-Alaska) repeated something she said Sunday that White House adviser John Podesta called an overreaction: "This administration is willing to negotiate with Iran, but they won’t negotiate with Alaska."

Stay tuned to The Hill for more on the fallout from Obama’s ANWR proposal. 

MORE DRILLING NEWS TUESDAY?: Murkowski told reporters that new restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic waters off Alaska’s north shore would come from the Interior Department as soon as Tuesday. 

The restrictions would come as part of the department’s five-year offshore drilling plan, which would cover 2017-2022 and outline the areas that will be available for development in that time frame.

Keep an eye on The Hill this week if the plan comes out. 

LNG EXPORTS: The House will take a procedural vote Tuesday on a bill to expedite the approval process for liquefied natural gas exports. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Ohio), would put a 30-day limit on the Energy Department’s consideration of applications to export to countries without United States free-trade agreements.

ON TAP TUESDAY I: The National Transportation Safety Board will meet to discuss a study on the safety of natural gas transmission pipelines in high consequence areas. 

ON TAP TUESDAY II: Cheryl LaFleur, chairwoman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, will speak at a luncheon organized by the National Press Club. She will discuss her agency’s role in the Obama administration’s climate strategy and the increased use of natural gas and renewable power in the electrical grid. 

Rest of Tuesday's agenda...

The Atlantic Council will hold a discussion on the United States-China climate agreement and its impact on the United Nations’s attempt at an international climate agreement this December in Paris. It will feature White House climate adviser Dan Utech, Andrew Steer of the World Resources Institute and Pete Ogden of the Center of American Progress, with former climate czar Heather Zichal moderating. 

The Environmental Law Institute will hold a seminar on state issues in the drive to reform toxic substances legislation.

Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthyRegina (Gina) McCarthyOvernight Energy: Critics accuse Interior's top lawyer of misleading Congress | Boaty McBoatface makes key climate change discovery | Outrage over Trump's order to trim science advisory panels Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage Overnight Energy: Trump order to trim science panels sparks outrage | Greens ask watchdog to investigate Interior's records policies | EPA to allow use of pesticide harmful to bees MORE will speak Tuesday at the National Council for Science and the Environment’s National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment 


The United Kingdom’s Parliament rejected a proposal Monday to ban hydraulic fracturing in national parks, BBC reports

Wyoming regulators settled a lawsuit by agreeing to require that fracking companies increase the transparency around the chemicals that they use, the Casper Star-Tribune reports

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that the historic blizzard that’s hitting his state is "part of the changing climate," the Guardian reports.



Check out Monday's stories...

- Bid to end debate on Keystone fails

- Keystone may fall short of votes needed to clear procedural hurdle

- Murkowski: WH delivering 'double, triple, quadruple whammy' to Alaska oil

- Obama sends signal to Saudis

- Supreme Court rejects BP executive's appeal in oil spill case

- US oil production expected to remain steady

- EPA: States can't 'preempt' climate rule

- US, India set sights on Paris climate talks

- Obama adviser chides Alaska senator for criticism of refuge plan

- China's coal production drops 


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