Democratic News

  • On Tuesday, March 6, the full committee will consider the President’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 for the Forest Service.  Chief Tom Tidwell, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Agriculture will testify.  (Dirksen 366 at 10:00 a.m.)
  • On Wednesday, March 7, the national parks subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing on several bills: S. 29, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Establishment Act in Pennsylvania; S. 1150, the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act in Pennsylvania; S. 1191, to direct the Secretary of the Interior to carry out a study regarding the suitability and feasibility of establishing the Naugatuck River Valley National Heritage Area in Connecticut; S. 1198, the Essex National Heritage Area Reauthorization Act in Massachusetts; S. 1589, to extend the authorization for the Coastal Heritage Trail in New Jersey; S. 1708, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park Establishment Act in Rhode Island and Massachusetts; S. 2131, a bill to reauthorize the Rivers of Steel National Heritage Area, the Lackawanna Valley National Heritage Area, and the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor in Pennsylvania; S. 2133, the America's Agricultural Heritage Partnership Reauthorization Act in Iowa; H.R. 1141, the Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and H.R. 2606, the New York City Natural Gas Supply Enhancement Act.  Witnesses will be posted on our website.  (Dirksen 366 at 2:30 p.m.)

Bonus …

This week the Department of Energy and ARPA-E convened the nation’s leading individuals and organizations in energy innovation to showcase cutting edge technologies, highlight ARPA-E’s program areas and connect key players in advanced energy technologies.  Participants heard speakers like former President Clinton, Energy Secretary Chu, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, MIT President Susan Hockfield, Xerox Chairman Ursula Burns, FedEx Chairman Fred Smith and (of course) Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman engage in discussions about energy financing, new scientific discoveries, manufacturing challenges and many more vital energy issues.  By popular demand, we are pleased to provide this link to Jeff’s speech.

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