ON TAP TUESDAY: The House will take up its proposed energy and water spending bill, a measure that takes a whack at the clean energy priorities of President Obama and Democrats.
Tuesday starts what figures to be a free-wheeling amendment process and floor debate that could carry for two days.
The GOP-crafted $30.4 billion fiscal 2014 Energy and Water Development appropriations bill is ideologically far apart from Obama and the budget Senate Democrats have put together. House Republicans say the bill reflects a tighter fiscal situation, as Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) argued that it “gets back to the basis.”
The House bill nearly halves clean energy spending from last year’s enacted levels. It also aims to restart using Yucca Mountain as the nation’s sole permanent nuclear waste repository — Obama pulled the plug on the Nevada site in 2010 — despite White House and Senate resistance.