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Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as ‘voice of reason’ | PA Power and Policy

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden’s policies on energy production and climate change.

Beaudreau, a lawyer and former Interior chief of staff, is widely seen as a moderate and was selected in April after Biden dropped plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition.

His nomination was approved on an 88-9 vote. Forty-one Republicans supported Beaudreau, along with 47 Democrats.

Beaudreau grew up in Alaska and is politically close to the state’s senior senator, Republican Lisa Murkowski, a former chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee who holds great sway over oil drilling, endangered species and other issues. Murkowski and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat who now heads the energy committee, said they

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Senate confirms Tommy Beaudreau for deputy secretary — Thursday, June 17, 2021 — www.eenews.net

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The Biden administration put Tommy Beaudreau forward for deputy Interior secretary in a bid to offer Democrats and Republicans a consensus pick for the No. 2 job at the federal agency. Today, the gambit paid off.

Beaudreau was confirmed in a 88-9 vote, with eight Republicans joining Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, in opposition.

The bipartisan support for Beaudreau stood in stark contrast to the sharply divided confirmation vote for Deb Haaland to lead Interior earlier this year, when only four Republicans sided with Democrats following an ugly partisan fight that invited accusations of racism and sexism on the part of the GOP.

Republicans who voted against Beaudreau were those who see any potential Interior official as complicit in President Biden’s actions to curtail energy extraction on public lands.

But for most GOP senators, Beaudreau’s tenure as the first director of the Bureau of Ocean

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What the House should quickly do if the January 6 commission fails in the Senate (Opinion)

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should follow through on her willingness to create a select committee in the House to conduct a full and professional investigation of the January 6 insurrection instead. And she should do so quickly.

In January 1987, the House decided to launch an investigation into the most significant presidential scandal since Watergate. Given the magnitude of the investigation and the importance of bringing it to a quick conclusion, the House select committee was given legal powers beyond the usual norms of congressional oversight.

The chair of the select committee had full authority to issue subpoenas, compelling the production of documents and witnesses with the force of law. The committee also took the unusual step of conducting some 250 depositions — sworn testimony under oath — by its staff attorneys. Since the staff was comprised largely of former prosecutors, the witness testimony was analogous to a grand jury … Read More

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Infrastructure: Here’s how far apart the White House and Senate GOP are right now

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The two sides are a lot closer than when they started — but remain billions of dollars apart. Biden met Wednesday with Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, an exchange the White House described as “constructive and frank,” and Republicans are expected to make another counteroffer on Friday.
With only a narrow majority in the Senate, Biden would need votes from key moderates in his party, like West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, to push through a deal with Democratic votes alone. Manchin has said he wants his party leaders to seriously engage with Republicans and agree on a bipartisan bill.
Biden’s original plan would have cost an estimated $2.25 trillion. He offered this week to bring his price tag down to $1 trillion but wants to ensure it amounts to new funding — not money redirected from spending already approved by Congress as Senate Republicans have been demanding.
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List: House impeachment managers announced for Trump Senate trial

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Rep. Adam Schiff

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, has had a leading role in the House impeachment investigation into Donald Trump President and the Ukraine scandal. Schiff will serve as lead impeachment manager, Pelosi announced Wednesday.

At the outset of the inquiry, the House Intelligence Committee, along with the Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees, held a series of closed-door depositions of current and former administration officials.

Schiff later presided over public hearings in the Intel committee where he served as a key voice in the effort by House Democrats to outline the case against the President.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat

Rep. Jerry Nadler

Rep. Jerry Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and a New York Democrat, has also been a central player in the House impeachment fight.

Nadler was at the helm of the Judiciary Committee as it oversaw the drafting of the two

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AAPA Commends Senate for Including Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act in COVID-19 Emergency Legislation

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Change Authorizes PAs to Move Patients Home, Free Up Hospital Beds

Alexandria, VA, March 26, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The American Academy of PAs applauds the U.S. Senate for passing the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act (S. 296/H.R. 2150) as an inclusion in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the “CARES Act” (H.R. 748). The CARES Act also takes actions to bolster our nation’s healthcare response, including more than $1.6 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile to procure pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment (PPE), and other medical supplies, which can be distributed to state and local health agencies in areas with shortages.

The legislation will provide significant assistance to American families and small businesses, bolster the healthcare response, and stabilize the economy during the coronavirus emergency.

Including the Home Health Care Planning Improvement Act in the CARES Act will permanently authorize PAs and NPs to order home

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