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December 20, 2014

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December 19, 2014

ICYMI Spending Bill, Yucca & Fast Reactors

Congress adjourned this week after some last-minute spending drama and dozens of confirmations, and there were other developments on the energy and environmental front.

The omnibus spending measure, for instance, provided money for recovery at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico after several mishaps that included radiation leaks, and money for the controversial  International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project, or ITER.

Full story

December 17, 2014

Wyden Votes Against 1-Year Tax Extenders

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File photo. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden — long an advocate for tax reform to make dozens of short-term tax credits permanent or longer lasting — was one of the 16 losing votes against a one year extension of most of the credits that will apply to 2014. Full story

December 16, 2014

Omnibus Funds WIPP Recovery

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(Energy Department)

The spending bill Congress passed last week includes $320 million for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico. The funds are intended to support cleanup and recovery efforts following a fire and radiation release at the underground facility in February. Full story

Chambers Compromised to Fund ITER

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Technicians work last month at the construction site of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance,  France.
(ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)

The House and Senate appropriators met in the middle to continue funding the troubled International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER. Full story

December 15, 2014

New GOP Senators Claim Energy Seats

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Rep. Bill Cassidy (File photo, Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Two Republican lawmakers who emphasized energy issues in their successful bid to unseat Democratic senators will now take slots on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Full story

Moniz, van der Hoeven & Moniz

Following Thursday’s nail-bitter as the omnibus bill squeaked through the House, the Senate cleared the bill late Saturday over the objections of more than 20 Democrats. The Senate is around this week to wrap up nominations and potentially clear a package of tax extensions including a break for wind energy. Here’s what else is going on as the holidays approach: Full story

December 12, 2014

ICYMI: Omnibus, Ozone and Mexico

The Senate will consider the House-passed omnibus spending package as soon as today, but lawmakers would need procedural agreements to expedite the process before Monday. The measure includes $34.2 billion for energy and water programs but it would dole out no additional funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. The bill would include $345 million and a requirement to continue construction on the mixed oxide plutonium facility. Appropriators also tucked in a provision to throw a $97 million lifeline to the troubled American Centrifuge Project. Full story

CBO: Shale Production to Up GDP by 1%

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Shale oil and gas will increase the U.S. gross domestic product by 0.7 percent in 2020 and 0.9 percent in 2040, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. Full story

December 11, 2014

American Centrifuge to Get Funding Lifeline

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(Centrus Energy)

The omnibus spending bill moving through Congress would provide $97 million for domestic uranium enrichment to maintain the American Centrifuge Project though September. Full story

Spending Bill Covers MOX Construction

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A 2012 view of construction of the mixed oxide facility (Energy Department)

The massive spending package Congress is working to move this week includes a provision for $345 million to fund the contentious mixed oxide fuel fabrication facility in South Carolina. Full story

December 10, 2014

No New Yucca Funds in Spending Bill

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(Justice Department)

Congressional appropriators on Tuesday introduced a sweeping fiscal 2015 spending bill (HR 83) that includes $34.2 billion for energy and water programs but it would dole out no additional funds for the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. Full story

December 8, 2014

DOE Pick is Graphene Fan

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(Energy Department)

The Senate is expected to vote Monday on the nomination of former BP chief scientist Ellen Williams to head the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, which is the Energy Department’s venture capital arm for high-risk, potentially high-reward research. Full story

December 5, 2014

ICYMI: GOP Agenda, Oil Outlook & Spending Bill

We kicked off the week with two pieces from CQ Roll Call’s Geof Koss who provided a look into the principles likely to guide the Republican energy agenda in the next Congress – focusing first on incoming Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who has made no secret of her plans for the committee, and then on the framework from House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. Full story

December 4, 2014

Spending Bill Expected Monday

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Capitol grounds crew workers prepare the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Nov. 25 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

House and Senate appropriators are hammering out the final details to a $1 trillion spending bill that funds most of the government through September, CR Roll Call’s Tamar Hallerman reports: Full story

December 2, 2014

Upton Eyes the ‘Architecture of Abundance’ for Energy

The following is a special report, which CQ Roll Call subscribers received last week.

After peeking inside Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s, R-Alaska, energy manifesto Monday for clues on how she’ll run the Energy and Natural Resources Committee next year, we turn today to the corresponding plan by House Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich. Full story

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