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Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 5, 2021 - Energy & Environment

Democrats seek $500 billion in damages from fossil fuel companies

Sen. Chris Van Hollen. Photo: Evelyn Hockstein-Pool/Getty Images

High-profile progressive Senate Democrats have expanded their climate wish list for the multitrillion-dollar package the White House and Democratic leaders hope to move via budget reconciliation.

Driving the news: Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) is leading a push for $500 billion in fees over 10 years from large fossil fuel companies — with a big chunk hitting Big Oil — to help finance climate initiatives.

Congress to award Congressional Gold Medals to officers who protected Capitol

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The Senate passed a bill via unanimous consent on Tuesday to award four Congressional Gold Medals to the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 riot.

Details: Medals will be awarded to the Capitol Police and to the D.C. Metropolitan Police. Another medal will be displayed at the Smithsonian to honor the officers who responded to the riot, and a fourth will be put on display in the Capitol building.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Aug 3, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Democrats press Treasury on climate plans

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Three Democratic senators including Elizabeth Warren hope to shake loose information about Treasury Department plans to harden the financial system against climate risks and mobilize climate finance.

Why it matters: Treasury's response to their new letter could provide details about what's planned and underway at the department that's slated to play a key role in the White House climate agenda.

Climate groups, unions push Congress for carbon capture funding in infrastructure bills

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A coalition of groups sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Tuesday morning calling for the infrastructure bills moving through Congress to bolster nascent carbon capture and storage ventures.

Why it matters: This may be the broadest coalition yet put together to advocate for carbon capture and storage policies (CCS).

Government watchdog launches review into Fort Bliss facility for migrant children

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A review into the Fort Bliss facility for unaccompanied migrant children is underway after a whistleblower complaint that described poor mental and physical conditions was submitted to Congress and government watchdogs, CNN reports.

Why it matters: President Biden has faced criticism for his response to the record surge in unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the southern border.

Pelosi urges White House to reinstate expired eviction moratorium

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is urging President Biden and his administration to renew and extend the eviction moratorium after the House failed to secure enough votes to pass legislation to prevent its lapse.

Why it matters: Millions of tenants across the country face the threat of eviction after the moratorium expired this weekend.

Kinzinger backs subpoenas for McCarthy, Jim Jordan

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said on Sunday that he would support the House select committee investigating the Jan 6. Capitol riot in issuing subpoenas to Republican members of Congress.

Driving the news: Kinzinger told ABC's "This Week" that he would be in favor of issuing subpoenas to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Updated Jul 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Rep. Cori Bush and others sleep outside U.S. Capitol to protest end of federal eviction ban

Rep. Cori Bush speaks during a rally for D.C. statehood in Washington, D.C., on June 26. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) slept outside the U.S. Capitol on Friday night to urge her Democratic colleagues to return to Washington and vote to expand the eviction moratorium, which expires Saturday at midnight.

Driving the news: "Many of my Democratic colleagues chose to go on vacation early today rather than staying to vote to keep people in their homes," Bush tweeted Friday. "I'll be sleeping outside the Capitol tonight. We've still got work to do."

Updated Jul 31, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Finger pointing starts after House fails to extend federal eviction ban

From right to left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaks to Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu, Cori Bush, Mary Gay Scanlon and Lucy McBath on July 21 in Washingotn. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Three U.S. agencies have extended federal foreclosure-related eviction moratoria in an effort to protect renters after the House failed to pass legislation that would extend the ban.

Driving the news: House Democratic leaders did not secure enough votes to pass the legislation on Friday, adjourning the chamber for a six-week recess the day before the ban is set to expire. As many as 15 million people could face evictions, per estimates from the Aspen Institute.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
Jul 30, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Climate and energy takeaways from the bipartisan infrastructure plan

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The Senate's on the cusp of debating a big energy and climate package that says plenty about today's political and scientific moment.

Catch up fast: Text of the bipartisan infrastructure plan isn't out yet, but a summary in circulation and releases from lawmakers and the White House offer contours of the proposal.