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Senate confirms Vought as OMB director

Russell Vought had been serving as acting chief of the White House Office of Management & Budget (OMB) for more than the past year prior to his July 20 confirmation as permanent OMB director.

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Budget rules stymie broad House PFAS amendment

Concerns over unfunded mandates led the House Rules Committee to reject an amendment to annual defense legislation that would require EPA regulation of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

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House appropriators seek to protect SAB independence

“The Committee expects the Agency to modify its SAB engagement process to comport with all legal requirements while improving the engagement process,” House appropriators told EPA.

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House poised to take up FY21 EPA funding bill

Democrats’ legislation would give EPA a 3 percent boost in overall funding while also targeting several Trump administration environmental policies.

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Duckworth probes EPA delay in publishing EtO air rule

Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s (D-IL) letter may increase pressure on EPA to publish recent air toxics review rules in the Federal Register.

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Climate Remains Central As Coronavirus, Protests Shake Up Campaign

While the coronavirus pandemic and widespread protests over policing initially dislodged climate change as a top factor in the Nov. 3 elections, environmentalists and their allies are continuing to push the issue by underscoring its public health threats and link to long-standing racial inequities.

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House expected to back Senate CFATS renewal as pressure mounts

A spokesman says the House Homeland Security Committee plans to take up the Senate extension next week.

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Biden Embraces Calls For Sweeping Environmental Justice Measures

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is embracing calls for a major governmental reorganization to elevate environmental justice (EJ) and climate change concerns, issues that are increasingly being linked to the nation’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and racial equity.

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Zero-Emission Power Standard Builds On House Democrats’ GHG Plans

New legislation from a key House lawmaker is elaborating on prior Democratic proposals to boost deployment of low-carbon power, floating a “zero-emission electricity standard” and major incentives for non-emitting generators while incorporating new provisions to aid workers’ transition to a low-carbon economy.

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House Members Push Major PFAS Measures For Floor Debate Of Defense Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers, with backing from House Democratic leadership, is pushing for inclusion of a comprehensive package of policy measures to regulate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill when it reaches the floor, while attempting to win much-needed Republican support in the Senate.

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