Reid Ups Ante, Says He Won’t Back Down on Disaster Relief Funding

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 3:04 pm

The threat of a government shutdown, hardly part of any policy debates currently, became all the more real today, as Harry Reid vowed that he would not back down and would seek to replace the disaster relief section of the House continuing resolution, if it gets to the Senate, with an offset-free bill passed in [...]

America’s Emerging Battery Technology Sector

By: Monday August 29, 2011 11:48 am

An interesting Week in Review article took a look at what it characterized as a back-door industrial policy emanating from the Obama Administration, particularly in some of the advanced battery factories in and around Michigan. It had the unfortunate title of “Does America Need Manufacturing?”, which is self-evident as long as Americans still desire to [...]

CEO of GM: Raise the Gas Tax By $1

By: Thursday June 9, 2011 8:58 am

OPEC announced yesterday they would not increase oil production in the near future. The price of oil remains elevated, at around $100 a barrel, and this means prices will stay high. Goldman Sachs has estimated that gas prices could hit $5 a gallon this summer. The speculation embedded in the system of oil trading is [...]

EPA: The Clean Air Act Cleans the Air

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 12:34 pm

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson appeared before Fred Upton’s House Energy and Commerce Committee and made the mistake of introducing facts into the discussion of whether or not to gut the Clean Air Act. From her opening statement: The bill appears to be part of a broader effort in this Congress to delay, weaken, or eliminate [...]

Senate Advances on Food Safety Bill, Blocked on Paycheck Fairness

By: Wednesday November 17, 2010 9:20 am

Way back in September, the Senate filed cloture on three bills that would be taken up at the beginning of the lame duck session. Of those three, Harry Reid postponed the cloture vote on a electric vehicles/natural gas bill, seemingly because Tom Harkin wanted to hijack it to add ethanol funding, and also to get [...]

Lame Duck Narrows to Bush Tax Cuts

By: Monday November 8, 2010 6:56 am

I said in the last post that I think the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal will just never get taken up in the lame duck session. In fact, that looks to be true of a lot of priorities, as Democrats retreat into their shell. Staring into the abyss of a Republican-controlled House, they will return [...]

EPA, DOT Raising Fuel Economy Standard to 60 MPG?

By: Friday October 1, 2010 11:40 am

Environmentalists are not enthused about the prospects of meaningful climate legislation for the rest of President Obama’s first term. They may be able to eke out some legislation on oil spill response, a weak renewable energy standard (though Lindsey Graham’s introduction of nuclear power into that debate puts that in peril) and some renewables and [...]

Don’t Expect Big Energy Bills in the Lame Duck Session

By: Thursday September 30, 2010 8:38 am

So, here are the three bills that Harry Reid filed for cloture on last night, which will be the first three taken up in the lame duck session: Promoting Natural Gas & Electric Vehicles Act of 2010 (S. 3815) Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 3772) FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) Tom Coburn has been [...]

President Tries to Rally Support for Auto Industry Intervention

By: Friday July 30, 2010 12:20 pm

The White House basically ended their efforts at passing an additional stimulus – defining stimulus as funding to increase demand that’s not offset – a while ago. Their strategy for the elections seems to be to cast their past decisions in a positive light, and highlight successes, contrasting with Republicans who wanted them to do [...]

Senate Energy Bill: Republicans Vow to Stop It, As Renewable Energy Standard Talks Continue

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 10:29 am

The text of the Senate energy bill is available here; it’s going to take me a while to get through it, but I offered a preview based on the summary yesterday. As I said then, the focus on electric cars is a welcome surprise, similar to the focus on high speed rail in the stimulus. [...]

Reid Energy Bill Released

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 1:58 pm

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has released a summary of the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act, the massively scaled-back energy bill that spokesman Jim Manley says will reach the Senate floor early next week. In a statement, Senator Reid claimed that the package will create at least 150,000 jobs, hold BP and [...]

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