'Hard call' from Trump preceded Zinke pressure — Murkowski
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski said today that a phone call from President Trump on the health care vote preceded reported pressure from the Interior secretary linking the Alaska Republican's vote to energy development policies in her home state. "It was not a very pleasant call," she told E&E News of the Tuesday conversation with Trump.
Alaska, Gulf Coast Republicans back Trump goal of more leases
Thirty-six Republican senators, including the Alaska delegation and lawmakers from Gulf Coast states, voiced support yesterday for the Interior Department's effort to increase offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic outer continental shelf regions.
Panel OKs renewables bills, makes it easier to kill sea lions
The House Natural Resources Committee passed 21 bills today, including bipartisan legislation to promote renewable energy development on public lands and a controversial measure that would make it easier to kill sea lions to protect endangered salmon in the Columbia River.
Panel approves bill to cut NOAA and NSF, boost satellites
Senate appropriators approved legislation yesterday afternoon that would cut NOAA but boost weather satellite spending during fiscal 2018.
Senate confirms Bernhardt for deputy secretary
The Senate last evening approved the nomination of David Bernhardt for Interior Department deputy secretary, delivering Secretary Ryan Zinke his long-awaited second in command.