6.17.2019 Legislative Brief

News Update

Bipartisan Bill to Permanently Fund LWCF JUNE 12 — A bipartisan group of representatives introduced H.R.3195, which would remove LWCF from future appropriations legislation and ensure $900 million in funding annually. Although the bill has attracted Republican cosponsors, including Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) and John Katko (R-NY), Chairman of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), called the idea “challenging.”

US and Poland Sign Energy Agreement JUNE 12 — U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and Polish President Andrzej Duda agreed upon the U.S.-Poland Strategic Energy Dialogue. This partnership will allow the two nations to collaborate on nuclearenergy production. Poland also agreed to increase its imports of American liquified natural gas.

Senate Plans Hearings on Three Major Energy & Environment Topics JUNE 10 — Senate Energy & Natural Resources Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) announced a hearing on the National Park Service $11.9 million maintenance backlog as well as S.500 on June 18. Later in the month, the Chairman also scheduled a session to examine the Land & Water Conservation Fund program and a hearing to discuss the Nuclear Waste Administration Act, S.1234.

House Passes Three Bills Aimed at Combating Ocean Acidification JUNE 5 — Three bills, H.R.1921, H.R.1237, and H.R.1716, were passed to both to prevent ocean acidification and cope with its current impacts. The legislation focuses on promoting research and innovation in the area. All three bills received bipartisan support and passed the House.

The Juliana Case Comes Before Court of Appeals JUNE 4 — Juliana v. United States asks whether or not young people have a right to be protected from climate change. The case was originally filed in 2015 by a group of 21 young people referred to as Our Children’s Trust. Three federal judges heard arguments on June 4, and according to the New York Times, the judges seemed skeptical of both sides’ arguments. The panel of judges must now decide -- a process that could take weeks or months -- whether or not the plaintiffs will actually go to trial against the Trump Administration.

Democratic Presidential Candidates Release Climate Plans JUNE 4 — Former Vice President Biden released a $1.7 trillion climate plan that would enact a tax on pollution, aiming to eliminate net carbon emissions by 2050. Shortly afterward, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a $2 trillion climate plan, which would fund renewable energy and promote a “Green Marshall Plan” to lower emissions worldwide.

Legislative Tracking

Restore Our Parks (And Public Lands) Act

S.500 & H.R.1225

What to Know: There is a renewed push to consider this legislation, namely to address the maintenance backlog at the National Park Service among other organizations. Senator Murkowski (R-AK) has scheduled Senate hearings on the backlog for later this month. Both House & Senate versions have been referred to committees.

Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) with 37 bipartisan senators, and Rep. Rob Bishop (R-UT) with 262 bipartisan representatives.

Important Dates: Introduced to House & Senate on February 14, 2019

ACC Legislative Team