Even by the standards of the U.S. Congress, where committee chairmen traditionally wield their gavel for the benefit of home-state industries, Mary Landrieu’s unapologetic boosterism of Louisiana’s energy interests is drawing notice.
A U.S. Senate committee approved a bill that would bypass President Barack Obama and permit the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, part of a drive by a bipartisan group of lawmakers to force a vote by the full Senate.
A television advertisement in Alaska, where Democratic Senator Mark Begich is seeking re- election, criticizes federal government inaction and shows a candidate by a snowmobile saying: “Washington will figure out that I don’t take no for an answer.”
Growing numbers of Democratic and Republican U.S. lawmakers urged Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign after an inspector general reported that inappropriate scheduling practices are “systemic” throughout the nation’s health-care system for veterans.
John Sununu, a former Republican senator from New Hampshire, and David Plouffe, a one-time political adviser to President Barack Obama, sparred during an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, on the political impact of the health-care law and discussed the 2016 presidential race.
Bloomberg BNA – In recognition of the increasing possibility of oil exploration in Arctic waters, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) has introduced a bill to increase the Coast Guard's ability to prevent and respond to offshore oil spills.