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What we're hearing in Hill hallways

Mar 16, 2023

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We’ve been tracking a few things around the Capitol. Here's a rundown of what we've heard.

💧WOTUS watch: The Senate will likely vote next week on a Congressional Review Act resolution repealing President Biden’s Waters of the United States rule, per lead sponsor Shelley Moore Capito.

  • Nine Democrats supported repeal when it passed the House this month.
  • Joe Manchin plans to support the repeal. Jon Tester told Axios he's undecided.

⚡️ House energy package: Democrats are unsurprisingly trashing the energy bill the GOP rolled out this week, but the Senate's certainly paying attention to the details.

  • Manchin told Axios' Andrew Solender that he's reviewing the bill before taking a position.
  • Capito, the top Republican on EPW, said she's talking to her counterpart Tom Carper and House committee leaders about a narrower, bipartisan bill to speed up permits.

🛢️ Willow lawsuit: Dan Sullivan told Axios he plans to file a brief with the rest of the Alaska delegation defending the Willow project in the new lawsuit filed by environmental organizations.

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