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Cramer: House votes to protect coal industry from needless regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1644, Supporting Transparent Regulatory and Environmental Actions in Mining Act or the STREAM Act. The bill directs the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) of the Department of the Interior to make available to the public 90 days prior to its publication any draft, final, ...

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House passes Waters of the United States resolution of disapproval

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Cramer announced today the U.S. House of Representatives approved S.J. Res. 22, a joint Congressional resolution of disapproval for the Waters of the United States Rule (WOTUS).  This resolution vacates a rule published on June 29, 2015, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) which would redefine “waters of the United States” ...

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House votes to keep highway spending level, ignores warnings

WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to continue transportation programs for six years with no significant increase in spending, despite warnings from the White House and statehouses across the country that the nation’s roads, bridges and transit systems are falling apart. The bill, approved 363-64 with wide bipartisan support, authorizes $325 billion in spending through the 2021 federal budget year. ...

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Lifting of 40-year oil ban heads to Senate

Oil industry officials hailed yesterday’s U.S. House of Representatives vote to lift the 40-year-old ban on crude exports as an opportunity to save consumers money and create new jobs, but environmentalists said it would worsen global warming and heighten the risk of harmful spills. American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard said the 261-159 vote on the measure, which ...

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U.S. emergency oil reserve tempts Congress at the wrong time

WASHINGTON – U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle figured this month they had hit on a clever way to fund everything from new drug programs to highway maintenance: sell off part of America’s strategic oil reserves, a supply cushion that no longer needs to be so large. The notion, embedded in a House of Representatives bill that passed ...

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Could the Keystone XL pipeline bolster Louisiana refineries?

According to Senator Bill Cassidy and Senator David Vitter, the Canadian tar sands crude supplied to Gulf Coast refineries will be good for Louisiana. “Refineries in my home state of Louisiana and along the Gulf Coast are uniquely equipped to process this oil in an environmentally safe way, making it unlikely for it to be exported,” Cassidy said, according to ...

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Pennsylvania lawmakers, chief justice sworn in

House of Representative

HARRISBURG — They marveled at the murals of exploration, science, business and war. They gaped at the six 41/2-ton chandeliers. They looked in wonderment at the 24 circles of stained glass where the gilded ceiling meets the marble walls. Freshmen and veterans in the House of Representatives felt the power and prestige the art, gold and smooth stone symbolize as ...

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U.S. House to hold hearing on oil export ban

WASHINGTON – A House of Representatives panel will hold a hearing on Dec. 11 to explore whether a decades-old law that prohibits the export of crude oil makes sense in an era of domestic energy abundance. The House subcommittee on energy and power, chaired by Representative Ed Whitfield, will hone in on the 1975 Energy Policy and Conservation Act, drafted ...

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Cramer appointed to Energy and Commerce Committee

BISMARCK, N.D. — U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has been appointed to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the upcoming 114th Congress. The committee has a broad jurisdiction. It is responsible for the nation’s telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce. Cramer says “the biggest issues” ...

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Democrats expect Obama to veto pipeline bill if it passes Senate

WASHINGTON, Nov 16 – A Democratic leader said on Sunday a single vote could determine the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline in the U.S. Senate this week but that President Barack Obama was likely to veto the bill even if it passes. The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada ...

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