7.15.2019 Legislative Brief

News Update

Senator Murkowski Releases “With Powers So Disposed” White Paper JULY 11 — During a Senate Energy & Natural Resources hearing, Senator Murkowski (R-AK) discussed the importance of natural gas and a Strategic Energy Initiative. The Senator’s newly-released white paper profiles American energy and identifies a path forward. 

Billionaire Environmentalist Tom Steyer Announces Bid for President JULY 10 — Tom Steyer, the founder of NexGenAmerica, formally announced his bid for the Democratic nomination for president. In addition to his work on progressive climate policies, Steyer advocates for the impeachment of President Trump. During a recent interview, Steyer dubbed himself an “outsider” and vowed to spend $100 million of his own money on the campaign. 

Roosevelt Conservation Caucus is Launched in Both Chambers JULY 10 — Led by Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), the Roosevelt Conservation Caucus was officially launched in both chambers of Congress. The American Conservation Coalition, as well as ConservAmerica, were instrumental in establishing the caucus, which will aim to bring conservatives back into the environmental discussion. 

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Sanders Introduce Climate Emergency Resolution JULY 9 — In their respective chambers, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced a resolution declaring climate change to be an emergency “which demands a massive-scale mobilization to halt, reverse, and address its consequences and causes.” POLITICO Pro reported that the resolution gained support from several Democrats seeking the presidential nomination. 

President Trump Discusses His Environmental Record at White House Event JULY 8 — The President was joined by cabinet secretaries and other relevant speakers to showcase the work his administration has done on environmental and energy issues. President Trump cited the Save Our Seas Act and The John D. Dingell Conservation, Management & Recreation Act as two of his accomplishments. Watch his full remarks here

National Parks Service Pays $2.45 Million for Trump’s ‘Salute to America’ JULY 4 — President Trump gave a speech at the Lincoln Memorial entitled “Salute to America.” The event diverted nearly $2.5 million in funds away from the National Park Service. NPS holds a nearly $12 billion maintenance backlog, so the event only added to this already large debt load. Speaking to POLITICO Pro, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) vowed to ensure that the money was used appropriately. 

Legislative Tracking

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019

S.1790 & H.R.2500

What to Know: The USE IT Act (S.838 and H.R.1166) has been added to the NDAA. The USE IT Act was initially introduced by Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) to encourage the development of carbon capture technology, which has recently gained traction as a priority in both chambers.

Sponsors & Co-Sponsors: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA)

Important Dates: The Senate passed the NDAA with carbon capture language on June 27, 2019 and the House passed a different version on July 12. The bill will now go to conference.

ACC Legislative Team