The Week Ahead (Nov. 2-6)

November 2, 2009
10:02 AM
v     On Wednesday, Nov. 4, the Subcommittee on National Parks  will receive testimony on S. 1369, to designate segments of the Molalla River in Oregon as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System; S. 1405, to redesignate the Longfellow National Historic Site in Massachusetts as the "Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site"; S. 1413, to include the Quincy Homestead within the boundary of the Adams National Historical Park in Massachusetts; S. 1767/H.R. 1121, to authorize a land exchange to acquire land from the Town of Blowing Rock, N.C., for the Blue Ridge Parkway; S. Res. 275, honoring the Minute Man National Historical Park in Massachusetts on the occasion of its 50th anniversary; H.R. 1287, to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to enter into a partnership with civic leaders in Porter County, Ind., regarding a visitor center for the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore; H.R. 2802, to provide for an extension of legislative authority to establish a commemorative work to honor the legacy of former President John Adams; and H.R. 3113, to designate a segment of the Elk River in West Virginia for study for potential addition to the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System.   Daniel Wenk, deputy director of operations for the National Park Service, will be the witness.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
v     On Thursday, Nov. 5, the Subcommittee on Water and Power will receive testimony on S.1757, relating to a repayment contract between the United States and the Uintah Water Conservancy District in Utah; S. 1758, to provide for the allocation of costs with respect to power development within the Diamond Fork System in Utah; and S. 1759, to authorize certain transfers of water in the Central Valley Project in California.   Witnesses will include Commissioner Michael Connor, Bureau of Reclamation; a representative of the State of California; and representatives from the wildlife and farming communities in California.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)
Chairman Bingaman supports Chairman Boxer’s efforts to strengthen and improve the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) in her mark of the Kerry/Boxer climate bill.  By creating a feedstock neutral requirement for “advanced green biofuels,” Sen. Boxer has leveled the playing field for emerging feedstocks, pathways and technologies.  Sen. Bingaman has recognized the need for this kind of RFS improvement since 2007, and he highlighted the issue again in an op-ed this summer in POLITICO.
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