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House Science voting session on Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act

Washington, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

House Science, Space and Technology Committee holds voting session on H.R. 2996, the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act of 2013.

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DOE nominee Sherwood-Randall sails through hearing, faces wait

Senate Energy and Natural Resources chair Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Thursday held out hope that she can bring up conservation and wildfire suppression bills for votes by the panel before Congress leaves town next week for its August recess.

But Landrieu also acknowledged she won't be able to hold a vote on President Barack Obama's nominee for the No. 2 job at the Energy Department, who appeared before the panel on Thursday, until September at the earliest.

EU discussing Russia sanctions to target banks, arms and energy tech

Source: 
Reuters

EU governments are considering new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis to limit Russian access to capital markets, as well as energy technology and weapons, Reuters reports, noting discussions are set to continue Friday with no action expected before next week.

Obama wants limits on US company mergers abroad

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is tapping into growing misgivings about tax-driven overseas mergers by U.S. corporations, issuing a new call to end the practice quickly and questioning the patriotism and citizenship of those companies.

The push comes amid a developing trend by companies to reorganize with foreign entities partly to reduce their tax payments in the U.S.

Hoeven calls his LNG bill a compromise

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The Hill

Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., says the latest measure he’s introduced to speed Energy Department consideration of LNG export permits –- which would require action within 45 days of a preliminary application being filed with the Federal Energy regulatory Commission -– is a good compromise on the issue, The Hill reports.

EPA: 300,000 comments received so far on carbon rule

Source: 
The Hill

The Environmental Protection Agency, ahead of four public hearings set for next week on its proposed rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, says it has already received 300,000 comments on the regulation, The Hill reports.

Nat gas in Texas, Oklahoma to gain from carbon rule: Study

Source: 
The New York Times

Texas and Oklahoma -- states that are home to some of the biggest critics of President Obama’s climate policy – would have the most to gain from his administration’s proposed carbon rule because of the boost it would provide the natural gas industry, according to a study being released Thursday by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Rhodium Group, The New York Times reports.

GOP senators demand say on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are insisting that the House and Senate sign off on any potential nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers or else sanctions on Tehran that had been temporarily lifted could kick back in.

Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top GOP senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, joined with four other senators Wednesday in introducing legislation that says President Barack Obama must submit any nuclear deal with Iran to Congress within three days. The House and Senate would then vote on the deal.

Japan record $75B trade deficit in 1st half; LNG, oil imports increase

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's trade deficit surged to a record 7.6 trillion yen ($74.9 billion) in the first half of the year as exports failed to keep pace with surging imports, the Finance Ministry reported Thursday.

Japan's bulging import bill was partly due to a jump in demand as businesses and consumers stepped up purchases ahead of an April 1 increase in the sales tax to 8 percent from 5 percent.

Imports for the six months jumped 10 percent to 42.6 trillion yen ($420 billion) while exports rose 3.2 percent to 35.1 trillion yen ($346 billion), the preliminary data show.

Creedon gets Senate confirmation to NNSA

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National Journal

Madelyn Creedon, formerly assistant secretary of Defense, has received Senate confirmation to become the principal deputy administrator in the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration, the number two post in the NNSA, National Journal reports.

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