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The House voted Friday to reverse a Trump-era rule that thwarted the Environmental Protection Agency's power to directly regulate methane emissions from the oil-and-gas sector, sending the measure to President Biden's desk for a signature.

Why it matters: Methane is a highly potent greenhouse gas, and wells, gas compressors and other industry equipment are a significant source.

Driving the news: The 229-191 House vote — with 12 Republicans joining Democrats — follows Senate approval in April of the resolution under the Congressional Review Act.

  • It's the mid-1990s law — part of then-Speaker Newt Gingrich's "Contract with America" — that allows filibuster-proof resolutions to overturn recently completed federal regulations.

What's next: The resolution will restore Obama-era policies, but the Biden administration is also eyeing new mandates.

  • The White House said after the Senate acted that the measure will "clear the pathway for EPA to evaluate opportunities to promulgate even stronger standards."
  • While most Republicans voted against the resolution Friday, the oil industry has moved toward supporting methane regulation.

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Senate will try passing short-term highway funding bill after GOP protest

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) arrive for a news conference at the U.S. Capitol. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate will attempt to pass a 30-day, short-term extension of federal highway programs on Saturday after Republicans prevented the chamber from clearing the stopgap bill on Friday night.

Why it matters: Roughly 3,700 Transportation Department employees have been temporarily furloughed as a result of the roadblock, per Reuters. The deadline to reauthorize the programs expired at midnight on Thursday.

The rickety state of climate legislation

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The last 24 hours have somehow been confusing and clarifying about the state of major climate legislation at the same time.

Catch up fast: Last night House Democratic leaders, facing a revolt from progressives, put off a vote on the bipartisan infrastructure package for now.

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Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.