Senate

James Danly Confirmed to FERC; Democrats Call for More Nominations from White House

James Danly Confirmed to FERC; Democrats Call for More Nominations from White House

The Senate voted 52-40 Thursday to confirm James Danly to be a member of the chronically short-handed FERC.

March 13, 2020

Senate Confirms Bernard McNamee Nomination to FERC on Party Line Vote

Bernard McNamee, a Republican who is currently executive director of DOE’s Office of Policy, was confirmed Thursday by the Senate as a FERC Commissioner on a straight party-line vote of 50-49.

December 6, 2018

Despite Divided Government, Oil and Gas Industry Optimistic After Midterms

Trade associations representing the oil and gas industry said that despite a return to divided government in Congress for the next two years, last week’s midterm elections both produced and retained candidates that the industry believes they can work with effectively.

November 9, 2018
Elections Part 3: GOP Attempting to Hold Senate, Control Committees

Elections Part 3: GOP Attempting to Hold Senate, Control Committees

*Part three of four. From east to west, this series previews the Nov. 6 midterm elections and their implications for the oil and natural gas industry. It offers a glimpse of candidates running for state and federal offices, the prominent energy-related issues factoring into campaigns, ballot initiatives and the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate, which could have implications for key energy committees. Part 1 reviewed Appalachian issues;Part 2 looked at the major issues at stake across the West; andPart 4 focused on implications of a possible Democratic takeover of the House.

October 30, 2018
Elections Part 1: Political Shift Seen Unlikely in Appalachia as Midterms Near

Elections Part 1: Political Shift Seen Unlikely in Appalachia as Midterms Near

*Part one of four. From east to west, this series previews the Nov. 6 midterm elections and their implications for the oil and natural gas industry. It offers a glimpse of candidates running for state and federal offices, the prominent energy-related issues factoring into campaigns, ballot initiatives and the fight for control of the U.S. House and Senate, which could have implications for key energy committees. Part 2 reviews western U.S. energy issues and races;Part 3 highlights key issues in Senate races; andPart 4 focuseson implications of a possible Democratic takeover of the House.

October 24, 2018

Senate GOP Bill Would Clarify Clean Water Act, Prevent Abuse by States

Four Republican senators have introduced a bill designed to clarify Section 401 of the Clean Water Act (CWA), which the oil and natural gas industry hopes will help prevent states from using the law to block or delay infrastructure projects, including interstate oil and gas pipelines.

August 1, 2018

Pennsylvania’s Legacy Oil, Gas Production Addressed in Legislation

Republican lawmakers in the Pennsylvania House and Senate have introduced companion bills that would enact an updated version of the Oil and Gas Act of 1984 to clarify language and address the current challenges facing conventional producers

March 22, 2018

Capito, Smith Join Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

Two senators were assigned Tuesday to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Tina Smith (D-MN).

January 11, 2018

Tax Reform Bill Headed to Senate After Winning House Passage

House Republicans passed a $1.5 trillion comprehensive tax reform bill on Tuesday that lowers the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and preserves important tax credits used by the oil and gas industry.

December 19, 2017

Debate on Energy Issues Expected as Tax Reform Heads to Conference

With comprehensive tax reform winning passage in the Republican-controlled Senate on Saturday, lawmakers in the House, where the GOP also holds sway, are preparing to hold conference committee talks to iron out differences, including on energy issues, between bills passed in the House and Senate.

December 4, 2017
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