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 McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems GOP senator warns Trump, Mulvaney against 'draconian' budget cuts Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin 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 ReidLobbying World Mitch McConnell is not invincible Seven big decisions facing Biden in 2020 primary MORE (D-Nev.), Sens. Mark KirkMark Steven KirkEx-GOP Sen. Kirk registers to lobby The global reality behind 'local' problems Dems vow swift action on gun reform next year MORE (R-Ill.) John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character' MSNBC host: Barr 'the most dangerous person' who works for Trump MORE (R-Ariz.), Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillBig Dem names show little interest in Senate Gillibrand, Grassley reintroduce campus sexual assault bill Endorsements? Biden can't count on a flood from the Senate MORE (D-Mo.), Barbara MikulskiBarbara Ann MikulskiOnly four Dem senators have endorsed 2020 candidates Raskin embraces role as constitutional scholar Bottom Line MORE (D-Md.), Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranOn The Money: Judge upholds House subpoena for Trump financial records | Trump vows to appeal ruling by 'Obama-appointed judge' | Canada, Mexico lift retaliatory tariffs on US | IRS audit rate falls GOP senator calls for resolution of trade dispute: 'Farmers and ranchers are hurting' Frustrated GOP senators want answers from Trump on Iran MORE (R-Kan.), Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioTensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Tensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Ending the Cyprus arms embargo will increase tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean MORE (R-Fla.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerOvernight Defense: Congressional leaders receive classified briefing on Iran | Trump on war: 'I hope not' | Key Republican calls threats credible | Warren plan targets corporate influence at Pentagon Key Republican 'convinced' Iran threats are credible Hillicon Valley: Trump takes flak for not joining anti-extremism pact | Phone carriers largely end sharing of location data | Huawei pushes back on ban | Florida lawmakers demand to learn counties hacked by Russians | Feds bust 0M cybercrime group MORE (D-Va.).

Democrats voting to invoke cloture? Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinLabor head warns of 'frightening uptick' in black lung disease among miners Labor leader: Trump has stopped erosion of coal jobs Overnight Energy: States fight Trump rollback of Obama lightbulb rules | Greens seek hearing over proposed rule on energy efficiency tests | Top Dem asks GAO to investigate climate threat MORE (W.Va.), Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampOn The Money: Stocks sink on Trump tariff threat | GOP caught off guard by new trade turmoil | Federal deficit grew 38 percent this fiscal year | Banks avoid taking position in Trump, Dem subpoena fight Fight over Trump's new NAFTA hits key stretch Former senators launching effort to help Dems win rural votes MORE (N.D.), Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetOvernight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan CNN announces four more town halls featuring 2020 Dems Bennet latest 2020 candidate to unveil climate plan MORE (Colo.), and Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyObama honors 'American statesman' Richard Lugar Former GOP senator Richard Lugar dies at 87 Ralph Reed: Biden is a 'formidable and strong candidate' MORE (Ind.). All four support building the $8 billion project.

Supporters of Keystone who voted to filibuster? Sens. Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterGOP angst grows amid Trump trade war Overnight Defense — Presented by Huntington Ingalls Industries — Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to border wall | Dems blast move | House Dem pushes Pelosi to sue over Trump's Yemen veto Pentagon approves transfer of .5B to Trump border wall from Afghan forces, other accounts MORE (D-Mont.), Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyWhy Congress needs to bring back tax deduction for worker expenses Biden cements spot as 2020 front-runner The Hill's Morning Report - Biden's bid gets under Trump's skin MORE (D-Pa.), and Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOvernight Energy: EPA watchdog finds Pruitt spent 4K on 'excessive' travel | Agency defends Pruitt expenses | Lawmakers push EPA to recover money | Inslee proposes spending T for green jobs Lawmakers take EPA head to task for refusing to demand Pruitt repay travel expenses Dems request investigation of lobbyist-turned-EPA employee who met with former boss 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 YoungCongress: Pass legislation that invests in America's water future Bipartisan group introduces legislation to protect federal workers' health benefits during shutdowns Deceptions may sink plans to drill for oil in the Arctic Refuge MORE (R-Alaska). "Disgusting for the nation, disgusting for the people. This man, this person, has gone completely wacko."

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Health Care — Presented by Campaign for Accountability — House passes drug pricing bills amid ObamaCare row | Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law | Ocasio-Cortez confronts CEO over K drug price tag Senate Republicans running away from Alabama abortion law Bipartisan senators unveil measure to end surprise medical bills 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: 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 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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