Perry to promise agency reforms, not extermination
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will in his Senate confirmation hearing tomorrow call for deep reforms at the Energy Department and step back from his earlier calls to dismantle DOE, according to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.).
House GOP backs Trump priorities, Mattis waiver
The House today fast-tracked two top priorities for the incoming Trump administration: a health care overhaul and the confirmation of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as Defense secretary.
Senate Dems keep energy, environment cardinals
The top Senate Democrats for the appropriations panels overseeing spending for U.S. EPA and the departments of the Interior and Energy will not change for the 115th Congress.
Dems may hold own hearing on Pruitt as partisanship takes hold
Partisan tensions are escalating over the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) to lead U.S. EPA, with Democrats likely to hold their own additional hearing to press their concerns over his record.
House Dems finalize panel leaders
House Democrats yesterday formally approved a slate of ranking members for committees, with little turnover from the last Congress.