President Barack Obama defended his proposed oil fee Friday, saying it would help position the American economy for the future and help transition away from "dirty fuels.”
Sen. John Barrasso hammered the White House on Tuesday for committing $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund ahead of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris later this month, characterizing the money as “pay to play” funds for combating climate change.
The House passed a more than $325 billion, six-year surface transportation reauthorization package and agreed to a bicameral conference on the legislation during a final round of votes Thursday that wrapped up a dizzying three days of floor debate.
The House voted 363-64 to adopt a package of House amendments to the Senate’s six-year authorization passed at the end of July. That action effectively amounted to the House making its version of the bill an amendment to the Senate's version, thus putting the two measures on the same legislative vehicle.