Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources
Week of July 19-23
On Wednesday, July 21, the full committee has rescheduled a business meeting to consider legislation related to vehicle technologies, solar, nuclear energy and energy research. The mark-up agenda also is expected to include several public lands bills; a list will be available at the meeting. As a reminder, Senate Energy Committee mark-ups are open to the public and the press but are not webcast. (Dirksen 366, 9:30 a.m.)
With a nod to Wednesday’s mark-up, it’s been noted that Senate Energy Committee holds more hearings on more bills and moves more legislation than any other Senate committee. Actually, few committees even come close to matching ENR’s work rate. Why? Because of ENR’s jurisdictional reach. Senate Energy Committee has oversight and legislative jurisdiction over the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Forest Service and FERC. So, every bill dealing with energy policy, national parks, wilderness areas, forests, rivers, trails, public lands, water resources and regulating natural gas and electricity comes in our direction. We process A LOT of bills. How many? So far in this 111th Congress, ENR has had a hearing or other significant committee action on 184 individual bills. Among other Senate committees, Homeland Security is second, with 116 bills, followed by Veterans Affairs, with 65 bills.
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