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A trio of Democrats are seeking to build environmental legacies on promoting clean energy, access to clean water, and combating climate change.
Environment and Public Works Committee Chair Tom Carper (Del.) and panel members Ben Cardin (Md.) and Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) — each with 18 months before their announced retirements — have played prominent roles on policies, such as crafting the federal response to the Flint, Mich., water crisis in 2015. The panel has also been at the center of historic levels of spending for clean energy, water, climate, and infrastructure projects in the past two years.
Environmental groups and other lawmakers hope any successors can continue to maintain the panel’s reputation of working across the aisle. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), who has turned his perch atop the Budget Committee to focus on climate issues, is one to watch for the top Democratic spot — though a lot can change in 18 months.
Political headwinds will test the panel’s comity next year as 34 Senate seats come up for election, 23 of them held by Democrats or independents. The GOP needs a net gain of two seats to take control of the chamber, or one seat if a Republican wins the White House.
In the meantime, the retiring trio has a long to-do list.
While Stabenow is focused on the biennial Water Resources Development Act, which funds Army Corps of Engineers’ projects and drinking and wastewater programs, Carper has cited oversight over the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure law (Public Law 117-58) and Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act (Public Law 117-169) among his top priorities. He also sees as paramount passing bipartisan legislation to improve permitting for clean energy initiatives, and says any permitting overhaul must have input from disadvantaged communities.
Cardin is focused on sustaining the environmental health of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, and ensuring Americans, particularly those with low incomes, can get safe drinking water. Read the full story from Kellie Lunney.
US, China Seek Thaw on Climate as World Bakes Under Extreme Heat
On the global climate front, US climate envoy John Kerry was resolute as he sat across from his Chinese counterpart in Beijing on Monday: The global warming crisis “cannot be solved” without both nations working together, he said. For his part, Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua cast the talks as a chance to pursue “substantial” outcomes. Simply the resumption of regular US-China dialogue on climate would be a step forward, experts say.
It also would inject momentum into global climate talks four months before the critical COP28 summit in Dubai. From the 2015 Paris Agreement to a global pact in Glasgow six years later, almost every major recent diplomatic achievement on climate has come only after a US-China pronouncement paved the way.
While talks got underway, some 84 million Americans were under heat warnings and advisories, and Chinese state media reported the Xinjiang region had logged its hottest-ever temperature. Jennifer A. Dlouhy recaps Kerry’s meetings.
- Shortly after 1 p.m., President Joe Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Israeli President Isaac Herzog.
- Around 5 p.m., Biden will discuss the war in Ukraine with Cardinal Matteo Zuppi.
- Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will hold a briefing at 1:30 p.m.
- The House is back at noon to vote on terminating national emergencies.
- The Senate returns at 3 p.m. to vote on nominations and work on the annual defense policy bill.
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Politics, Probes and 2024
A super PAC supporting Ron DeSantis is going on the offensive against Donald Trump, launching a new ad in Iowa amplifying Trump’s spat with Florida’s popular Republican governor.
The White House denounced comments by Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that falsely claimed Jewish and Chinese people were “most immune” to Covid-19.
Jones Day, the powerful law firm once closely associated with Trump, is advising South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott (R) in his bid for the White House.
The Georgia Supreme Court has dismissed Trump’s requests to disqualify District Attorney Fani Willis as well as block the special grand jury report that recommended criminal charges against the former president, CNBC reports.
Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for installing buoys in the Rio Grande to prevent migrants from swimming across the border.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) met top Republicans, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), and pushed them to do a better job of talking about about climate change policy amid a summer of record-breaking heat waves and wildfires.
What Else We’re Reading
Gun rights advocates are inviting more scrutiny from the Supreme Court by challenging Massachusetts’ attempts to regulate firearms following the court’s decision last year in a case that made it significantly harder for guns laws to survive.
The Biden administration’s plans to restrict investments in China will be narrowly focused on cutting-edge technology, only new investments, and likely won’t go into effect until next year as the policy grinds through Washington’s bureaucracy.
The SEC on Monday pushed Chinese companies to disclose business links they may have to Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities who have been forced into labor.
Countries have agreed to a “transitional safe harbor” that could temporarily protect US companies’ US income from other governments’ application of the global minimum tax.
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