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Funding Bar On Paris Exit May Indicate Democrats' Selective Rider Strategy

House Democrats are advancing a fiscal year 2020 State Department spending bill that would bar the Trump administration from using funds to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a move that may signal a selective strategy on environmental policy riders after an initial draft EPA funding bill largely omitted them.

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House Seeks To Boost PFAS Funds But Policy Push Unlikely To Slow

House lawmakers are stepping up efforts to provide funds to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) -- including a massive proposed $2.5 billion grant program to aid drinking water systems -- funds that seek to address contamination concerns in the short term though sources say they are unlikely to deter lawmakers from advancing policy measures, sources say.

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EPA on track to propose lead rule revisions this summer

EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the proposed drinking water rule is “going over to OMB in the next couple of weeks.”

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Congress: Senators seek IG ethics probe into another EPA official

Three Senate Democrats say the head of EPA’s public engagement office, Elizabeth “Tate” Bennett, met with her previous utility industry employer about media strategy just weeks after joining EPA.

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GOP Tax Writers Skeptical Of Industry Carbon Tax Plan But Back 'Innovation'

Republicans on the House tax-writing committee are expressing significant skepticism over an industry-backed carbon tax plan that supporters say would be coupled with regulatory “streamlining,” arguing that any policy to address climate change should rely on “innovation” to improve cutting-edge, low-carbon technologies.

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House science panel chair urges EPA to reinstate PM review panel

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) is demanding that EPA halt its review of the particulate matter ambient air standards and start over with a reinstated expert advisory review panel.

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Renewed Climate Debate Highlights Labor As Skeptical But Crucial Player

The renewed climate debate in Congress is underscoring labor's role as a skeptical yet crucial constituency in determining the success or failure of ambitious greenhouse gas mitigation policies, with unions withholding their support of broad policies like the Green New Deal (GND) until they can be shown the plans can preserve or bolster jobs.

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Republicans Detail Concerns Over Bipartisan PFAS Bills, Seek EPA Input

House Republicans are raising concerns that a suite of pending bills, many bipartisan, that seek to address contamination stemming from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) could limit EPA's ability to prioritize risks and short-circuit existing review processes and are calling on Democrats to allow the agency to provide further input.

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New Industry-Environment Coalition Seeks To Break Hill GHG Gridlock

A new coalition of top businesses and environmental group is launching to support enacting new legislation “as soon as possible” that includes “an economy-wide price on carbon,” the first time in over a decade that such a group has formed to advance major federal climate change policy.

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House Energy Panel Democrats’ Infrastructure Bill Targets Climate, Water

House energy panel Democrats are floating a sweeping infrastructure bill that targets climate change and drinking water quality with billions of dollars in grants for energy efficiency, electric vehicles, renewable power, and drinking water systems, including efforts to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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