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Democrats Likely To Use CRA As Messaging Tool To Fight EPA Rollbacks

House Democrats are expected to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) -- the law historically used by Republicans to rescind swaths of the Obama administration's regulatory agenda -- as a political weapon to challenge the Trump administration's deregulatory efforts at EPA and other agencies when they formally assume control of the chamber in 2019.

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House Democrats Mull Water Infrastructure Options For 2019 Legislation

House Democratic staff on multiple committees are reaching out to stakeholders for ideas on ways to bolster clean water infrastructure in a possible bipartisan bill in the next Congress -- an effort that could strengthen EPA's water infrastructure funding programs which already face significant demand for funding.

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House Democrats Face Tightrope Walk Addressing Climate Change, 2020

As Democrats prepare to re-take control of the House following their Nov. 6 midterm victories, party leaders are pledging to intensify a focus on climate change but they must also perform a tricky balancing act between responding to pent-up pressure for legislation against the steep odds of enacting a major measure and the possibility for electoral blowback in 2020.

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Lawmakers Weigh EPA's FY19 Spending In Lame Duck But Changes Unlikely

In the wake of the midterm elections, Congress is gearing up for a debate in the upcoming lame duck session on whether and how to fund EPA and several other agencies for the rest of fiscal year 2019 ahead of an early December deadline -- amid signs prior to the election that lawmakers appear likely to provide the agency with level funding.

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Democrats Retake House, Ready For EPA Oversight, As GOP Gains In Senate

Democrats have regained control of the House for the first time since 2010, giving them new oversight power to scrutinize the Trump administration's deregulatory agenda, even as Republicans made gains in the Senate, according to early election results.

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Children's Health Centers Ask Congress For New EPA Funds As Grants End

Representatives from more than a dozen children's environmental health research centers are asking Congress to ensure EPA renews its “longtime commitment to children’s health” by renewing key grant funds, warning that EPA's failure to provide new grants imperils critical research into environmental triggers for certain childhood diseases.

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Washington State Carbon Tax Vote To Fuel Debate Over National GHG Policy

Washington state's carbon “fee” ballot initiative is being closely watched nationally for its potential to set up a first-of-its-kind state carbon tax, though supporters of a federal approach would likely downplay the measure if it were to fail, given that the state policy omits assumed elements of a compromise many expect is needed for such a national plan.

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Former official sees 'blue wave' from Trump climate stance

Paul Bledsoe, a top climate official in the Clinton administration, offers a roadmap to Democrats who have already suggested ramped up oversight of the Trump administration's climate change actions.

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CBD touts 'non-delegation doctrine' in appeal of CRA challenge

The Center for Biological Diversity says the Congressional Review Act violates a little-used Supreme Court doctrine by removing any 'intelligible principle' from agencies' rulemaking authority.

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As Statewide Races Remain Close, GOP Critics Of EPA Appear To Fade

Key gubernatorial and Senate races remain close days before critical midterm elections, though several leading GOP critics of Obama EPA rules appear to be fading in their efforts to win higher office, including the attorneys general (AGs) of Michigan and West Virginia -- each of whom successfully sued to block EPA power plant rules.

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