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Several bills that aim to tackle climate change are surfacing as lawmakers scramble before their August congressional break.

Why it matters: While none of the measures is likely to pass any time soon (if ever), they’re nonetheless a sign of the increasing saliency of climate change among politicians, particularly Democrats, but, in a slowly shifting trend, Republicans, too.

Driving the news:

  1. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.V.) are introducing a bill to address emissions from the industrial sector (think cement factories).
  2. Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) is introducing on Thursday legislation that taxes carbon emissions and uses most of the money raised to lower payroll taxes. He has previously backed similar bills.
  3. Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) is also introducing a bill Thursday that taxes carbon emissions.
  4. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), is planning to introduce a carbon tax bill in September, according to his office.

But, but, but: As I wrote in April, most of these types of big measures are unlikely to become law anytime soon given that Republican lawmakers, and President Trump, typically dismiss the issue, and they control much of Washington right now.

  • Instead, these bills are a sign of a debate, long relegated to Washington’s back burner, re-emerging. Whether that translates into actual policy passing is a big open question — and probably on hold until after the 2020 presidential contest.

Go deeper: The Democrats’ plan to have a climate plan

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Capitol repairs, security top $30M since Jan. 6 attacks

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The Architect of the Capitol Brett Blanton on Wednesday said that repairs and security expenses related to the Jan. 6 insurrection have already cost more than $30 million.

The state of play: Congressional appropriations committees have allocated the $30 million for repairs and perimeter fencing around the Capitol building through March 31, per NPR.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

White House stands by imperiled Tanden nomination after Senate panel postpones hearing

Neera Tanden. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Senate Homeland Security Committee is postponing a confirmation hearing scheduled Wednesday for Neera Tanden, Axios has learned, a potential death knell for President Biden's nominee to lead the Office of Management and Budget.

The latest: Asked Wednesday afternoon whether Tanden has offered to withdraw her nomination, Psaki told reporters, "That’s not the stage we’re in." She noted that it's a "numbers game" and a "matter of getting one Republican" to support the nomination.

Acting Capitol Police chief: Officers were unsure of lethal force rules on Jan. 6

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Acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman wrote in prepared remarks for a House hearing on Thursday that officers in her department were "unsure of when to use lethal force" during the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Why it matters: Capitol Police did deploy lethal force on Jan. 6 — shooting and killing 35-year-old Ashli Babbit — but have faced questions over why officers appeared to be less forceful against pro-Trump rioters than participants in previous demonstrations, including those over Black Lives Matter and now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.