Nominations: On Monday evening, the Senate is slated to confirm Neomi Rao to head OIRA.
- Why it matters: OIRA wields a powerful, largely behind-the-scenes influence over federal rulemaking. Rao will have the power to make key decisions about administration efforts to unwind and rewrite environmental and energy regulations — efforts that will face certain litigation.
More nominations: On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote on Trump's nominees for two slots on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and his pick for EPA's top enforcement official.
Appropriations: On Wednesday, the full House Appropriations Committee will mark up Energy Department spending legislation, while a subcommittee will consider the Interior Department's spending bill. Details here.
House floor: The big annual defense policy bill arrives on the floor later this week and could feature some climate-related amendment fights. The House Rules Committee is slated to meet Wednesday to decide which proposed amendments will actually be debated on the floor.
- One to watch: GOP Rep. Scott Perry is floating an amendment that would cut the section of the bill that calls climate change a "direct threat" to U.S. national security and requires a Defense Department report on the vulnerabilities of military installations.
On our radar: The Senate schedule is in flux amid all the health care drama, but the big energy bill co-authored by Energy Committee Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski and ranking Democrat Maria Cantwell could be coming to the floor soon. A committee summary is here.