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Home Energy Assistance Program
(LIHEAP), receive funding, and will
continue to do so as the FY 2018 process
continues.
Complicating that plan is the
looming debt ceiling crisis. Congress
will have to raise the debt ceiling at
some point before the end of the fiscal
year to avoid running out of borrowing
authority and defaulting. This coincides
with the annual appropriations process.
Now, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin has
asked Congress to raise the debt limit
in July, further adding to Congress'
exponentially growing summer
workload. Conservatives have pushed
for a debt ceiling increase to be coupled
with spending cuts, while others want
a clean debt limit raise. This will require
60 votes, necessitating some sort of
bipartisan deal. Democrats will have an
opportunity to extract concessions from
Republicans during this debate.
On top of all this remains the
much-anticipated infrastructure plan
that had been a pillar of President
Trump's campaign platform. Much
like tax, details for what exactly the
federal government intends to invest
in are limited. Energy infrastructure
and targeted grant programs could
potentially be a part of the package.
Senator Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Chairman
of the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee, specifically noted

infrastructure as an area where
Democrats and Republicans could work
together. Permitting reform has also
emerged as an area of focus.
As is always the case, any
infrastructure plan will come down to
money. While debt financing could be
an option, deficit hawks have indicated
that any infrastructure spending must

APGA will
be prepared to
influence debate
should an energy
bill resurface, or
we find a window
to advocate for
favorable policies.
be fully paid for. However, with many
offsets being used to pay for healthcare
reform, tax reform, and other spending,
Congress will be hard pressed to find the
dollars needed to pay for the purported
trillion dollar infrastructure plan. The
politics of this plan seem very tenuous
and infrastructure seems to be a likely
candidate to be punted until 2018.

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Finally, we would be remiss not
to mention energy bill negotiations.
Senator Murkowski (R-Alaska) continues
to hold hope that at least parts of her
Senate energy bill can be revived. A
bipartisan energy package is one area in
which Congress could score a win: both
chambers passed their own versions of
an energy bill and made it all the way
to a conference committee last year. At
this point, finding enough willingness to
commit staff and legislator time might
be too tall of an order. Leveraging our
relationships with relevant committees
and actors, APGA will be prepared to
influence debate should an energy
bill resurface, or we find a window to
advocate for favorable policies.
Expect Congress to have its hands
full with extraneous issues ahead of
the August recess. The sheer volume of
major legislative priorities will likely take
up all the time. The legislative calendar
is already extremely compressed, and
unexpected oversight issues continue
to add complexity. While things in
Washington might be jammed, it
provides an excellent opportunity
for constituents to engage with their
delegations when they return to their
districts. The recess periods in July and
August will prove all the more important
as Congress gears up for the end of the
fiscal year and the end of the first session
of the 115th Congress.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of THE SOURCE - Fall 2017

First Person
APGA Events
A Conversation with an APGA Member: Southeast Gas
Update on DOE’s Furnace Rule
The Second Annual NGV Road Rally
Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and How it Affects the Direct-Use of Natural Gas
APGA Strategic Planning: What’s Next?
Growing Revenue Without Capital - Combined Heat and Power
APGA Endorses Leading Home Repair Provider
Legislative Outlook
The Pipeline
Marketing Matters
At Last
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - intro
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - ebelly1
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - cover1
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - First Person
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 9
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Events
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 11
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - A Conversation with an APGA Member: Southeast Gas
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 13
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 14
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 15
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 16
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Update on DOE’s Furnace Rule
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - The Second Annual NGV Road Rally
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 19
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) and How it Affects the Direct-Use of Natural Gas
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 21
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Strategic Planning: What’s Next?
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 23
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 24
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 25
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Growing Revenue Without Capital - Combined Heat and Power
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 27
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - APGA Endorses Leading Home Repair Provider
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 29
THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Legislative Outlook
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - 32
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - The Pipeline
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - Marketing Matters
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THE SOURCE - Fall 2017 - At Last
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