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Clinton Says She Has ‘Doubts’ About Drilling in Arctic Waters

July 29, 2015 Hillary Clinton is splitting with President Obama over controversial oil and gas drilling in the Arctic, saying she has "doubts" about the practice. In an interview with a New Hampshire TV station, Clinton said she wasn't sure the U.S. should continue offshore drilling in the untested Arctic waters. "And I...

TSP Benefits Remain at Risk in Clash Over Highway Funding

July 20, 2015 With just 12 days until highway funding is due to expire, the House and Senate appear on a collision course over how to keep current and future transportation projects afloat. The Senate on Tuesday is poised to pick up a bipartisan, multiyear bill from Sens. James Inhofe of Oklahoma and...

Musicians and the NRA: Unlikely Allies Against Ivory Rule

July 10, 2015 Africa's elephants are at risk of going extinct in large part because of poaching for the ivory, and advocates are hopeful that the U.S. government can stop the crisis with new rules at home. But there's a diverse and fierce lobbying coalition against the proposed rules barring the trade of...

The House Wants a New Vote on the Confederate Flag Issue

July 9, 2015 On Tuesday, the House unanimously passed three amendments curtailing the display of the Confederate flag in national parks. Thursday, there will be a do-over. As a marathon debate came to a close on the fiscal 2016 spending bill for the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency Wednesday evening, Rep. Ken...

The House Voted Against the Confederate Battle Flag

July 8, 2015 On the same day that South Carolina passed a clear step to removing the Confederate flag from its Capitol grounds, the U.S. House of Representatives approved several measures barring the flag's use on federal lands. On Tuesday evening, the House approved an amendment to a spending bill that would prevent...

Supreme Court Deals Huge Blow to Obama Green Agenda

June 29, 2015 The Supreme Court Monday struck a blow to a key part of the Obama administration's environmental agenda, overturning the Environmental Protection Agency's rules limiting certain toxic pollutants from power plants. The ruling concerns EPA's first-ever limits on mercury and other hazardous air pollutants from power plants, which have been linked...

Here’s House Republicans’ Plan To Fight California’s Drought

June 26, 2015 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has called the years-long drought plaguing his home state of California a matter of life and death. And now he's got a plan that he thinks can fix it. The California Republican delegation, along with other key Western lawmakers, today introduced a bill that would...

Environmentalists Fear the FDA’s Trans Fats Rule

June 25, 2015 The Food and Drug Administration may have made a strike against heart disease last week by moving to rid artificial trans fats from processed foods, but green groups are worried the pro-health move may have an environmental dark side. The FDA last week told manufacturers to get rid of partially...

Obama Administration: Climate Plan Will Save Lives, Money

June 22, 2015 Acting on climate change can avert tens of thousands of premature deaths and save billions on electricity and infrastructure costs by the end of the century, according to a report released by the White House today. The White House is aggressively pushing the message that action on climate change can...

House Republicans Will Take Two Swats at the EPA This Week

June 22, 2015 Pope Francis's eminently quotable encyclical on the environment couldn't have been better timed for floor debate this week in the House, as the chamber takes two swats at the Environmental Protection Agency's controversial rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions for existing power plants. The rule forms the tentpole of President Obama's...