Good morning and welcome back! Today marks six months since the launch of this newsletter, and I sincerely want to thank you all for reading and the feedback you provide! Please keep the tips and comments coming:

I'm sure I'll get back to silly jokes and dated rock music references in the not-too-distant future. But for the moment, I wanted to re-up this list of organizations helping people affected by Harvey's terrible flooding. Ok, let's get to the news . . .

On tap today: In the House, an Energy and Commerce subcommittee will gather for a hearing on electricity regulation. The witnesses' prepared testimony is up already. Also, a Natural Resources subcommittee will discuss legislation aimed at bolstering onshore oil-and-gas leasing on federal lands.

Across Capitol Hill, a Senate Appropriations subcommittee will mark up State Department spending legislation. Of interest: how GOP lawmakers address State Department climate programs and funding that the White House wants to scrap.