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American Rivers' Policy Update
Week of July 9, 2001


* Energy policy
* Appropriations
* Congressional leadership 
* Global warming
* Water policy
* Take action
* Jobs


House energy legislation

House Resources Committee:
The House Resources Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday to 
review legislation that will be included in the House Republican 
energy package, called the Energy Security Act.  The legislation is 
expected to include, among other things, provisions that would open 
the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development, 
promote offshore oil and gas development, provide for studies aimed 
at maximizing hydroelectric generation under the jurisdiction of the 
Interior Department, and implement measures to increase efficiency at 
some hydropower dams under the Interior's jurisdiction.  Secretary of 
Interior Gale Norton is scheduled to testify.

10 a.m., Wednesday, July 11 in 1324 Longworth.

House Energy and Commerce Committee:
This week, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on energy and 
air quality will begin markup of an energy conservation bill.  The 
comprehensive energy legislation addresses five key areas including 
conservation, reformulated gasoline, hydropower relicensing, nuclear 
energy, and so-called "clean coal" technology.  Hydropower industry 
advocates have criticized the lengthy licensing process brought on 
by "mandatory conditioning," which gives federal resource agencies 
the authority to demand some environmental safeguards during the 
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's (FERC) dam relicensing 
process.  Conservationists argue that the energy bill would change 
the relicensing process in a way that would limit the authority of 
the Interior Department, Fish and Wildlife Service, Forest Service, 
and National Marine Fisheries Service to adequately protect aquatic 
resources and riparian lands.    

Opening Statements:  4:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, in 2123 Rayburn
Markup:  10:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, in 2123 Rayburn

House Ways and Means Committee:
This Thursday, the House Ways and Means subcommittee on revenue 
measures is tentatively planning to meet to markup energy tax 
legislation.  Expanded tax incentives for domestic oil and gas 
production, incentives for production of electricity from renewable 
resources, and tax code changes to promote energy conservation and 
alternative fuel vehicles may be included in the legislation.  
However, some members of the committee are expected to question 
whether the federal government can afford these tax credits in the 
wake of the recent tax cut.

Tentative subcommittee markup:  Thursday, time and location to be 


Supplemental appropriations bill

Floor action on the Supplemental Appropriations Act for FY '01 was 
scheduled to begin Monday in the Senate.  Prior to the Independence 
Day recess, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the $6.5 
billion bill.  An agreement was reached last week to include $20 
million in the supplemental funding bill for drought-stricken Klamath 
Basin farmers.  

Interior funding

Action in the Senate on the FY '02 Interior bill is expected this 
week following debate on the supplemental appropriations bill.  Not 
included in the bill are several funding limitations approved in the 
House Interior bill, including language that would block final action 
on a controversial lease sale off the Florida coast, prevent the 
administration from opening new national monuments to energy 
exploration, and stop the Interior Department from revising recently 
finalized mining regulations.  The Senate will take a second look at 
these issues on the floor or in conference with the House.    

Energy and Water funding

This Thursday the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on energy and 
water development will mark up the FY '02 energy and water funding 
bill.  The conservation community is vigorously opposed to a rider 
that Rep. Tom Latham (R-IA) inserted in the House version of the bill 
that would prevent the Army Corps of Engineers from revising Missouri 
and Mississippi river operations to benefit wildlife, and plans to 
fight the rider's inclusion in the Senate bill and in conference 
committee.  Conservationists argue that allowing a more natural 
seasonal rise and fall of water levels would not prevent traditional 
uses of the rivers or their floodplains, but that it is critical to 
the survival of several endangered species, including the pallid 
sturgeon, piping plover, and interior least tern.  To encourage the 
Army Corps to revise its operation of Missouri River dams, American 
Rivers listed the Missouri as its number one Most Endangered River 
this year.  Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) blocked a 
similar rider last year and is expected fight it again this year. 

Time TBA, Thursday, 366 Dirksen

Agriculture funding 

The Appropriations committee will continue to work on amendments to 
the FY '02 Agriculture Appropriations Act on Wednesday.  Reps. Dennis 
Kucinich (D-OH) and Peter DeFazio (D-OR) are expected to offer an 
amendment that would place a one year moratorium on Food and Drug 
Administration approval of genetically modified fish for human 
consumption.  The environmental community has expressed concern that 
genetically altered fish may have unintended and unpredictable 
affects on wild fish and natural ecosystems.  Fishermen and consumer 
groups have expressed similar concerns.  In addition, Rep. Frank 
Lucas (R-OK) is expected to seek an additional $5 million for flood 
control operations.  Also, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) will offer an 
amendment to ensure that the Natural Resources Conservation Service 
does not withdraw existing support for the American Heritage Rivers 
Initiative.  Two American Heritage Rivers, the Hudson River and the 
Upper Susquehanna/Lackawanna Watershed, are supported by funding 
through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Final passage of 
the agriculture funding bill is expected on Thursday.   

EPA funding

This Tuesday, the House Appropriations subcommittee will markup the 
FY '02 EPA funding bill, which is included in the appropriations bill 
for Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development and independent 
agencies.  The Bush administration seeks to reduce funding by $500 
million below the amount appropriated for FY '01.  

Markup:  3:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, in H-140 of the Capitol

NOAA Funding

This Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee will markup a $38.5 
billion funding bill for National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, which includes the National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS).  NMFS's Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, which funds 
state, local, and tribal salmon habitat and monitoring projects, 
would receive $110 million - $20 million more the Bush administration 
requested.  NMFS would receive an additional $25 million for 
activities related to the Pacific Salmon Treaty between the United 
States and Canada.

Markup:  5:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, in 2359 Rayburn


After weeks of negotiations between parties, the Senate returns to 
work with Democrats in full control of its committees.  Democrats 
will have a one-seat majority on every committee except the Ethics 
Committee, which has traditionally been equally divided, and no 
senator will lose his or her current committee assignments.


This Tuesday the Senate Commerce Committee will hold a hearing to 
examine possible options for limiting the effects of human activities 
on the Earth's climate.  According to a committee announcement, "the 
committee seeks to achieve a balanced presentation of different views 
of technology and policy options, the benefits and consequences of 
each, and steps our nation could begin taking to address climate 

Hearing:  9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, in 253 Russell


Colorado River

The House Resources water and power subcommittee held a hearing 
Monday in Salt Lake City to examine the water supply interests and 
concerns of the seven states through which the Colorado River flows.  
The hearing will focus on general oversight of river management 
issues and is expected to touch on California's ongoing attempts to 
comply with its allotment of Colorado River water.

Hearing:  9:30 a.m., Monday, July 9, at the Department of Natural 
Resources in Salt Lake City, UT



Hearing on climate change
Commerce Committee
9:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, 253 Russell

Hearing on energy tax incentives  
Finance Committee 
10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 10, in 215 Dirksen.

Hearing on energy tax incentives (continued)
Finance Committee 
10 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in 215 Dirksen.

Energy and water spending bill subcommittee markup
Appropriations subcommittee on energy and water development
9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 12, S-128 of the Capitol

Hearing on national energy policy
Energy and Natural Resources
9:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12, in 366 Dirksen.

Energy and water spending bill full committee markup
Appropriations Committee
2 p.m., Thursday, July 12, S-128 of the Capitol 

Hearing on national energy policy (continued)
Energy and Natural Resources
9:30 am, Friday, July 13, in 366 Dirksen


Field Hearing on Colorado River use
Resources Committee
9:30 am, Monday, July 9, Department of Natural Resources in Salt Lake 
City, UT

Markup of energy bill 
Energy and Commerce Committee
11:00 am, Tuesday, July 10, 1324 Longworth

Markup on EPA appropriations
Appropriations Committee
3:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, H-140 Capitol

Opening statements on energy conservation bill
Subcommittee on energy and air quality
4:00 pm, Tuesday, July 10, 2123 Rayburn

Markup of CJS appropriations (NOAA Funding)
Appropriations Committee
5:30 pm, Tuesday, July 10, 2359 Rayburn

Markup of energy conservation bill
Subcommittee on energy and air quality
10:00 am, Wednesday, July 11, 2123 Rayburn

Hearing on Energy Security Act
Resources Committee
10:00 am, Wednesday, July 11, 1324 Longworth


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