Politics Overnight Energy: Bipartisan framework remains mostly consistent on climate | Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative'
Infrastructure push on rocky ground as key Senate test vote looms
It could all come together, or it could all fall apart. © Alex Wong/Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) listens during a news briefing after a Senate Democratic Policy Luncheon at the U.S. Capitol July 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. Those are the stakes for President Joe Biden's infrastructure agenda as it faces a critical week in the Senate that could prove to be a make-or-break moment for both a bipartisan deal and a broader package to expand the social safety net that Democrats intend to move on a party-line vote.
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Today we're looking at the latest bipartisan infrastructure deal, vows to stick to ambitious climate targets from Democratic leaders, and a reported Biden administration plan to compensate industries affected by offshore wind.
Pelosi's Dems grit their teeth amid Senate infrastructure drama
“We’re not a cheap date,” quipped House Rules Committee Chair Jim McGovern. "The House is going to do what we have to do.” Those cross-Capitol tensions boiled over on Monday with House Transportation Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) ripping into the Senate talks during a private call. DeFazio, who is enraged that the bipartisan negotiators seem to be largely ignoring the infrastructure bill he shepherded through the House earlier this year, even said he hoped the Senate talks fell apart. He wasn’t alone. Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-Calif.
LET'S MAKE A DEAL: Bipartisan framework remains mostly consistent on climate
The latest iteration of the bipartisan infrastructure deal is remaining largely in line with a previously announced version of the framework on energy and environment spending.
The latest figures come after lawmakers said they reached an agreement on "major issues."
Like a previously announced version, the latest deal would put $73 billion towards power infrastructure, $7.5 billion towards electric buses and transit, $55 billion for water infrastructure and $21 billion for environmental cleanups.
What else?: Also in line with the prior proposal, it would put $7.5 billion towards building out a network of electric vehicle chargers, though it's unclear whether an additional $7.5 billion in low-cost financing for the effort that had been announced by the White House will be included.
Senate falling behind on infrastructure
Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is falling behind on his plan to pass both a bipartisan infrastructure package and a budget resolution during the July work period after Republicans voted in unison Wednesday to block a motion to begin the infrastructure debate.Now the start of the Senate floor debate will be delayed another week as a bipartisan group of negotiators scramble to finish up work on a sprawling $1.2 trillion, eight- year spending plan. A group of centrist Republicans say they will be ready to vote next week to begin consideration of an infrastructure bill but they still have to hammer out final agreements on an array of outstanding issues.
The new proposal cuts down on investments in public transit, which would have received $49 billion in a prior proposal but would get just $39 billion in the new package.
FOLLOW THE LEADERS: Pelosi, Schumer vow climate action: 'It is an imperative'
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) spoke Wednesday at a League of Conservation Voters press conference to vow action on climate change, calling such action "imperative."
"It is an imperative that we get this job done and we fully intend to do it," Pelosi said in her remarks.
"What we can do in the next few months in terms of big, bold action is like nothing this nation and this world has ever seen before," Schumer added. "We are surrounded by evidence of the climate crisis: the fires, the heatwaves out west, the floods."
"I tell my constituents in New York, COVID was horrible, but if we do nothing on climate, each year will be worse than COVID and each year will be worse than the previous year," the majority leader said.
Daily on Energy: Industry growing impatience with Biden administration delay on leasing pause
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What action is Schumer vowing?: Schumer cited the climate provisions in the bipartisan infrastructure deal reached in the Senate and also pledged to include aggressive climate measures in the Senate's reconciliation bill.
He specifically vowed to ensure a "robust Civilian Climate Corps" is part of the final reconciliation package, saying that "as the crisis comes closer and closer ... we'll have an educated corps of people able to fight it not just this year and next year but on into the future."
"It's spreading, everyone knows the crisis," Schumer said. "It's only the people with their head in the sand or some of our Republican colleagues who are in the palm of the oil, gas and coal industry who don't realize it or don't want to realize it."
WIND IN YOUR HAIR: Biden administration considering payments to fishing industry to offset offshore wind losses: report
The federal government is reportedly examining a plan to financially compensate the commercial fishing industry for business lost as a result of expanded Atlantic wind power, .
Senators scramble to save infrastructure deal
The White House and senators from both parties are scrambling to pull their infrastructure talks back from the point of collapse, a sudden turnabout after key negotiators expressed confidence they were nearing a final deal.If the talks on the $1.2 billion framework fall apart, it would deal a serious blow to White House hopes of securing a bipartisan deal, an important political win for President Biden and moderate Democrats in the House and Senate. Several Republicans have also put their reputations on the line to get a deal. Senators and the White House were both trying to tamp down the doomsday predictions Monday evening amid finger-pointing on both sides.Sen.
The report comes as the industry has come out strongly against the proposed offshore wind projects, which they say could interfere with both the ecosystems and harvesting of scallops, clams, squid and lobster.
The U.S. has fallen far behind Europe in the development of offshore wind amid heavy lobbying against permitting for large-scale projects by the fishing industry.
States urge action: Nine coastal states also urged the federal government to develop plans for addressing the potential damage to fisheries in a letter earlier this month.
Signers of the letter, including New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maine, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland and New Hampshire, called on the administration to develop "mitigation frameworks for demonstrated negative impacts" on the affected fisheries, according to Reuters.
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How climate change is making parts of the world too hot and humid to survive,
Eviction ban's end could leave millions baking in heat waves,
ON TAP TOMORROW:
- The Senate Environment & Public Works Committee will hold to examine the nominations of Stephen A. Owens, Jennifer Beth Sass and Sylvia E. Johnson, of North Carolina to be Members of the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.
- The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a on Financing Climate Solutions and Job Creation
- The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a entitled "Renewable Energy Transition: A Case Study of How International Collaboration on Offshore Wind Technology Benefits American Workers"
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OFFBEAT BUT ON-BEAT:
House moderates may oppose budget without infrastructure vote .
Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to link the Senate’s $550 billion bipartisan infrastructure plan to a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package is starting to backfire, as moderate Democrats warn they may not vote for a budget resolution needed to begin the reconciliation process unless it’s paired with a vote on the Senate bill. Rep. Ed Case […] The post House moderates may oppose budget without infrastructure vote appeared first on Roll Call.