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legislative outlook New Congress, Same Dysfunction By scott morrison and Dan Lapato These early difficulties may foreshadow continued dysfunction and bickering similar to the past few Congresses. republicans' newfound control of both chambers of Congress was hailed as a new beginning that would usher in legislative efficiencies as well as an opportunity for republicans to show a united front against President Obama's use of executive authority in various issues. However, the start of the 114th Congress has been a rocky one for senate majority Leader mcConnell (r-Ky.) and House speaker Boehner (r-Ohio). Legislation to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline was quickly passed by the House, but underwent a tortuous process in the senate before being approved on January 29. Despite the congressional passage, President Obama vetoed the legislation. It then died due to lack of sufficient votes in the senate to override the veto. Congressional leaders are also struggling to pass legislation to fund the Department of Homeland security (DHs) that restricts President Obama's executive actions to reprioritize immigration enforcement issues. In response, Congress passed funding for the government through 2015 with the exception of DHs, which received a short-term extension instead. In order to block the President's actions, the House easily passed legislation to fund DHs, while the senate tried to pass the House bill many times, but was unable to overcome a filibuster by Democrats who sided with the President. ultimately, 24 THE SOURCE | THE vOICE and CHOICE Of pUblIC gaS DHs funding for the year passed without immigration restrictions. These early difficulties may foreshadow continued dysfunction and bickering similar to the past few Congresses. In addition, republican priorities face long odds of earning President Obama's acceptance and may very well face vetoes from the President. However, there are still several issues that may receive congressional attention. In the near-term, legislation to expedite the export of liquefied natural gas (LNG) may be considered by the senate Committee on energy and Natural resources. senators Barrasso (r-Wyo.) and Heinrich (D-N.m.) introduced the LNG Permitting Certainty and Transparency Act (s. 33) on January 6. This legislation would give the Department of energy (DOe) 45 days to make a public interest determination on an application

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Summer 2015

Problem Solving
First Person
APGA Events
Q&A with Chairman Bay
Natural Gas: The Fuel of Choice
Volatile Oil Prices
Home-Based Reporting
The Learning Curve
What Is Net Zero?
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
Advertisers’ Index/
At Last

THE SOURCE - Summer 2015