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Speaker Ryan’s Staff: Where Have They Been?

Nov. 10, 2015

Updated 6:02 p.m. | Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s initial staff is a mix of longtime confidants of the Wisconsin Republican, experienced Washington lobbyists and a contingent of former Speaker John A. Boehner’s aides.

Hill Staff Predict Rubio Will Be GOP Nominee

Nov. 6, 2015

While nationwide polls have consistently shown Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading the pack of Republicans seeking the party’s nomination for the White House in 2016, a CQ Roll Call survey shows congressional staff members say the eventual nominee will be a current lawmaker — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

Maker of Costly Drug Spent Heavily on Hospitality for Doctors

July 10, 2015

Gilead Sciences Inc., the maker of the costly Sovaldi hepatitis C pill that has attracted congressional scrutiny, bought doctors about $3.6 million worth of food and drink last year, according to a CQ Roll Call analysis of a federal database that tracks how much drug and medical device companies spend on physicians and hospitals.

Marco Rubio: The CQ Biography

April 13, 2015

Young, telegenic and Hispanic, Marco Rubio was talked about as a future presidential candidate within days of his election to the Senate in 2010. That buzz has died down over the past four years, as have Rubio’s ties to the tea party movement, but his entry into the 2016 race for the White House puts him into the top tier of Republican contenders.

Oil Producers Plan for Open Crude Exports by 2020

Feb. 22, 2015

Industry representatives and key lawmakers plan market studies, polls of Americans’ views and incremental moves on exports to sway public opinion in favor of allowing crude oil exports.

Lawmakers, Industry Look to Expand Nuclear Energy Options

Feb. 6, 2015

In a world of low oil prices and cheap natural gas, the prospects of developing new nuclear technology seem to remain ever in the future, beyond market and regulatory barriers.

Energy Department Slow to Take On New Tech

Feb. 6, 2015

While industry seeks to move forward with nuclear technology, the Energy Department has been reluctant to embrace what it sees as another potential boondoggle.

Mexican Government Faces Pushback to Changes in Energy Investment, Policies

Dec. 9, 2014

While many observers have praised Mexico’s move to privatize its energy sector, not everyone has embraced the changes.

Natural Gas Exports to Mexico Are On the Rise

Dec. 9, 2014

While pressure to expedite U.S. government approval of liquefied natural gas exports continues, capacity to send natural gas to Mexico just expanded.

EPA's Ozone Proposals May Test Opposition's Solidarity

Dec. 7, 2014

The EPA’s proposed ozone restrictions would affect about a dozen states if the agency adopts the most modest end of the range it’s considering and extend to more than 30 states if it opts for the more stringent requirements.

China Is a Big Variable in the LNG Market

Sept. 9, 2014

While Asian markets for liquefied natural gas are expected to grow, with increased shipments to Southeast Asia and India, future demand in China is highly variable, according to market analysts.

U.S. Natural Gas Exports Could Change Market

Sept. 9, 2014

Some members of Congress continue to push for increased exports of liquefied natural gas, trying to make a simplified narrative out of complex market factors.

Finding a Destination for Condensate Exports

July 22, 2014

As the Commerce Department moves to allow companies to export mildly processed ultralight oil known as condensate, is there a global market? Yes, and it is principally in Asia, experts say.

Whatever It Is, Crude Export Policy Is Shifting

July 22, 2014

Despite soaring U.S. oil production in recent years, the prospect of relaxing the 1970s ban on crude oil exports has looked as faint as ever. Last week, though, it was a central subject at an Energy Department conference.

The Geopolitical Argument for Higher Gas Taxes

July 14, 2014

Congressional efforts to keep gasoline prices low are missing the big picture, says the head of the International Energy Agency.

Inspector General Sees Shortfalls in Permitting, Staffing for Oil Boom on American Indian Land

July 8, 2014

While fossil fuel production from federal lands and waters has been decreasing overall, oil production from American Indian lands has tripled in recent years. That increase is largely due to hydrofracturing on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, which lays on the oil-rich Bakken shale formation in the upper Midwest, the Energy Information Administration reported last month.

North Dakota Looks to Extend Pipelines Through Tribal Land to Reduce Natural Gas Burn-Offs

July 8, 2014

While North Dakota takes steps to limit the volume of natural gas that is being burned off, or “flared,” in its rapidly expanding oil fields, the problem, which has caught the attention of Congress, is far worse on the state’s American Indian land — where regulation is more difficult.

Decades Later, Contamination Still Pervades Navajo Land

May 20, 2014

On July 16, 1979, the earthen dam at the southern holding pond, or cell, of the United Nuclear Corporation’s uranium mill in New Mexico failed, sending tons of contaminated mine tailings and millions of gallons of acidic liquid into an adjoining arroyo and down the Puerco River.

Waxman Pushes Congress to Address 'Modern American Tragedy' of Contaminated Navajo Land

May 20, 2014

Much of the uranium for Cold War weapons and the nation’s once-burgeoning nuclear power industry was mined on or near Navajo land in Arizona and New Mexico, and it left behind contamination.

Industry Group Says Fracking Could Help Ukraine

March 11, 2014

European countries seeking to ease their dependence on Russian natural gas may discover that their salvation lies deep beneath their native soil.

Keystone Pipeline Approval Could Shift Dynamics of Crude Export Debate

Feb. 4, 2014

The debate over lifting the nation’s restrictions on exporting crude oil centers on refinery capacity and the types of available crude, complexities that could shift if the Keystone XL pipeline is approved.

Oil Export Debate Renews Fight Over Protections for U.S. Shipping

Feb. 4, 2014

The debate about lifting 1970s restrictions on crude oil exports has renewed another old fight over a 1920 maritime law known as the Jones Act.

Congress Looks to Ease Fee Increases for National Forest Cabin Owners

Nov. 19, 2013

Wading into a dispute over federal land use that dates back to the days of homesteaders and miners, Congress is looking to overhaul the process of assessing fees for private vacation cabins and houses on national forest land.




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