Washington Weekly
Jun. 2, 2014

Last Week

The House spent a shortened week debating appropriations for the Departments of Commerce, Justice and also federal science programs. In addition, they passed the Intelligence Authorization Act, which historically gets bogged down in a Senate stalemate and fails to advance. The Senate was in recess.More

This Week

The House is in recess. The Senate returns to continue its look into the Veterans Affairs Administration, including a hearing to review recently House-passed legislation giving the VA more authority to terminate poorly performing personnel, in addition to more sweeping reform legislation then a previously failed authorization measure. The Senate is also expected to confirm nominee for HHS Secretary, Sylvia Mathews Burwell.More

Item of Interest

Today, the President begins shaping his legacy on climate change, when the EPA introduces its new standards for carbon emissions for power plants. According to The Wall Street Journal, "The Environmental Protection Agency will propose mandating power plants cut U.S. carbon-dioxide emissions 30% by 2030 from levels of 25 years earlier — an ambitious target that marks the first-ever attempt at limiting such pollution. The rule-making proposal, to be unveiled Monday, sets in motion the main piece of President Obama's climate-change agenda and is designed to give states and power companies flexibility in reaching the target. But it also will face political resistance and becomes fodder in midterm congressional races, particularly in energy-producing states, and is destined to trigger lawsuits from states and industry that oppose it." To learn more, click here.More

The President is About to Take a Major Step to Fight Global Warming. Here's What You Need to Know.
NationalJournal
President Obama promised to take action on global warming with or without Congress's permission. This week, he'll tell the world how he plans to do it. The administration is preparing to release the central pillar of Obama's climate change agenda: a proposal for far-reaching rules that will require power companies to cut carbon emissions.More

Democrats Brace for Climate Rule Fallout
POLITICO
The major climate rule that the Obama administration is unveiling Monday is a political gamble for the President's party — but some Democrats see the risk as manageable, and the cause more than worth it.More

EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Likely No-Shows for Water Hearing
Roll Call
Arizona congressmen and property rights advocates looking for more information from federal officials Monday at a hearing on the Clean Water Act are likely to be disappointed — no one from the Obama administration is expected to participate.More

Obama's New Climate War Opens
The Hill
President Obama is opening a climate change war with Republicans on Monday with the Environmental Protection Agency’s unveiling of sweeping new standards on carbon emissions from power plants. The new rules are a central part of Obama's climate change agenda meant to ensure he leaves behind a legacy on tackling global warming.More