AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Offering a more upbeat view of the economy, President Barack Obama resurrected his jobs proposals Thursday, advancing modest initiatives as he pushed for action on more ambitious efforts that face resistance from congressional Republicans. "We're poised for progress," he declared.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., indicated he could end his procedural hold on Energy secretary nominee Ernest Moniz if the administration agrees not to abandon a plutonium conversion program in South Carolina, The Hill reports.
Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has sent 653 questions to Environmental Protection Agency nominee Gina McCarthy prior to today's confirmation hearing in the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Politico reports.
Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., said Republicans on the Environment and Public Works Committee were to meet Wednesday to discuss the confirmation vote on EPA administrator nominee Gina McCarthy planned for Thursday morning, The Hill reports.
A new report from the Congressional Budget Office said a carbon tax could bring in significant revenues and help reverse climate change at the cost of higher prices and lower incomes, The Hill reports.
The House Appropriations Committee proposed giving $24.3 billion to the subcommittee that finances the Interior Department, EPA and similar agencies, an 18-percent cut from fiscal 2013 levels, E&E News reports.
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, called on the Forest Service to drop its plans to withhold funds from rural timber communities.