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 McConnellLawmakers run into major speed bumps on spending bills Budowsky: Donald, Boris, Bibi — The right in retreat Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet 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 ReidBarr fails to persuade Cruz on expanded background checks Harry Reid warns Trump 'can be reelected' Homeland Security Republican accuses Navy of withholding UFO info MORE (D-Nev.), Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven Kirk The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Advocates push for EpiPens on flights after college student's mid-flight allergic reaction Funding the fight against polio MORE (R-Ill.) John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCan the presidential candidates please talk about our debt crisis? Michelle Malkin knocks Cokie Roberts shortly after her death: 'One of the first guilty culprits of fake news' Arizona Democratic Party will hold vote to censure Sinema MORE (R-Ariz.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillEx-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand 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) MoranPompeo pressed on possible Senate run by Kansas media Jerry Moran: 'I wouldn't be surprised' if Pompeo ran for Senate in Kansas Senators introduce bill aimed at protecting Olympic athletes in response to abuse scandals MORE (R-Kan.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTrump faces difficult balancing act with reelection campaign Republicans wary of US action on Iran California poll: Biden, Sanders lead Democratic field; Harris takes fifth MORE (R-Fla.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenate Democrats introduce legislation to limit foreign interference in elections Navy acknowledges footage of 'unidentified' flying objects California Law to rebuild middle class shows need for congressional action MORE (D-Va.).

Democrats voting to invoke cloture? Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinGOP signals unease with Barr's gun plan READ: Trump administration memo on background checks NRA says Trump administration memo a 'non-starter' MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampThe Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same Trump wins 60 percent approval in rural areas of key states Pence to push new NAFTA deal in visit to Iowa MORE (N.D.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetDemocrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Gabbard drives coverage in push to qualify for October debate Bennet launches first TV ads in Iowa MORE (Colo.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyLobbying world Trump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand GOP frets over nightmare scenario for Senate primaries MORE (Ind.). All four support building the $8 billion project.

Supporters of Keystone who voted to filibuster? Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterDemocratic senators quietly hope Biden wins over rivals GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson to resign at end of year Native American advocates question 2020 Democrats' commitment MORE (D-Mont.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyEx-GOP congressman to lead group to protect Italian products from tariffs The Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Democrats press Trump Treasury picks on donor disclosure guidelines MORE (D-Pa.), and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity Senators call for more automakers to join emissions deal with California 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 YoungHundreds turn out for London's first transgender equality march The Hill's Morning Report — The wall problem confronting Dems and the latest on Dorian House passes bill requiring CBP to enact safety, hygiene standards MORE (R-Alaska). "Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people. This man, this person, has gone completely wacko."

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSinema touts bipartisan record as Arizona Democrats plan censure vote Kavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw McConnell lashes out at Democrats over 'unhinged' criticism of Kavanaugh 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) McCarthyIt's time for Congress to address the 'forever chemical' crisis Overnight 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 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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