Latest Podcast from WaterLog:
The Senate will be back in session Monday afternoon trying to settle what has become a bitter partisan dispute over more disaster aid for recent catastrophic weather events. At the heart of the disagreement the President’s refusal to give Puerto Rico more funding. The island’s nutrition programs require periodic authorization by Congress. They’ve run out of money, so the one-third of islanders who reply on these programs are in the President’s crosshairs. If you want to follow the bill’s progress, it’s HR 268.
The Defense Department says its will find $1 billion of military funds to divert to building the wall, but so far both Republicans and Democrats in Congress, which would likely have to approve the shift, have objected.
New bills In Congress:
HR 1311: Provides flexibility to use more post-disaster assistance to speed economic recover. It isn’t new, but it just got approved by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure….Here are a series of bills introduced related to climate change in addition to the ones we mentioned in our Podcast:
HR 9: Climate Action Now Act, supported by 81 Democrats and not a single Republican, directs the President to develop a plan for the US to meet its obligations under the Paris Agreement.
HR 1881: Introduced by Rep. Luetkemeyer (R-MO) would prohibit any US contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, an the Green Climate Fund. It has no cosponsors yet.
HR 1880: Seeks to address “the disparate impact of climate change on women. Sponsored by Rep. Lee (D-CA), it has no cosponsors yet. Also without any cosponsors is its Senate counterpart, S. 868, sponsored by Sen. Hirono (D-HI).
S 933: Seeks to improve data collection and monitoring of the Great Lakes, oceans, bays, estuaries and coasts. It’s got bipartisan sponsorship: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).