Washington Weekly
Apr. 21, 2014

Last Week

The House and Senate were in recess. More

This Week

The House and Senate are in recess.More

Item of Interest

With much of Washington departed for the Easter weekend, late Friday the White House announced that it was once again delaying the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline after more than five years of study, debate, and review. Many believe this is a political decision with mid-term elections in mind, but for those red-state Democratic senators in tight races, a yet-to-be determined outcome may leave them vulnerable.

ASA will continue to push for this project's approval and support an all-of-the-above energy policy that does not pick winners and losers and encourages energy exploration from multiple sources.More

Keystone Non-Decision Keeps Some Democrats on the Hot Seat
The Obama administration pulled a classic campaign-year move Friday: It punted on the Keystone XL pipeline. Politically, it seems like a great idea, since kicking Keystone down the road — probably long past November — is better than an outright rejection for vulnerable oil-state Democrats, whose voters love the proposed project. And it keeps environmentalists at bay, boosting hopes that President Barack Obama might still swing their way.More

House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix
The Wall Street Journal via Fox News
House Speaker John Boehner and his Republican leadership team are telling donors and industry groups that they want to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of other party members to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.More

Are States Missing Out On Millions From The Fracking Boom?
The United States has fracked its way to an energy boom. But when the time comes to turn the natural-gas windfall into lasting wealth and welfare, states at the center of the boom have gone in different directions.More

Eight House Race Ratings Changes Boost GOP, Democrats
Roll Call
This week Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call made ratings changes in eight congressional districts and confirmed Roll Call's rating in a ninth — Wisconsin's 6th District — after GOP Rep. Tom Petri announced his retirement.More

High Court to Decide Fate of Renegade Television Service
The Hill
The Supreme Court is primed to make a decision on copyright law that could change the way people receive broadcast television. Broadcasters are fighting to stop the tech service Aereo, arguing it operates illegally and undermines their business. They say allowing the service to continue could spell the end of free, over-the-air broadcast television.More