This Week in Washington…

Posted on July 11, 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |
















  • Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said that her department is grappling with its approach to the decades-old ban on most crude-oil exports and that “serious conversations” about the ban are underway.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council filed a legal petition with the Environmental Protection Agency asking for a type of pesticide known as neonicotinoids to be taken off the market, citing scientific evidence that the chemicals harm honeybees.
  • Bayer hired new lobbyists to fend off criticism that its pesticides are killing honeybees.
  • The League of Conservation Voters released an ad claiming that Republican Iowa Senate nominee Joni Ernst wants to shut down the EPA.
  • European Union member countries are lobbying the United States to ease restrictions on crude-oil exports as part of a broader trade deal.
  • The United States and China signed a series of agreements to curb greenhouse-gas emissions in both countries.















  • “As the kids say, it is time for the Court to stfu.” — U.S. District Judge Richard G. Kopf, in a blog post criticizing the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (MSNBC)
  • “Every time I get an opponent – I mean, every time I get a chance, I’m home.” — Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, on why he doesn’t live permanently in Kansas (NBC News)
  • “We’ll get someone who can win.” — Mitt Romney, after supporters encouraged him to run for president again in 2016 (Huffington Post)
  • “Do I look like I’m with a campaign?” — Joe Killoran, a shirtless jogger who accosted Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and was asked by a reporter if he worked for an opposing campaign (Washington Post)
  • “I don’t want to get into the debate about climate change. But I will just simply point out that I think that in academia we all agree that the temperature on Mars is exactly as it is here. Nobody will dispute that. Yet there are no coal mines on Mars, there’s no factories on Mars that I’m aware of. So I think what we’re looking at is something much greater than what we’re going to do.” — Kentucky state Sen. Brandon Smith (National Journal)
  • “I call them the Beyoncé voters, the single ladies. Obama won the single ladies by 76 percent last time, and they made up about a quarter of the electorate. You know, they depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need things like contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay.” — Fox News contributor Jesse Watters (Daily Beast)
  • “Ray probably ran the worst campaign we’ve ever seen in Virginia. I really think Ray cost Eric that election.” — Virginia Republican Party Chairman Pat Mullins, on Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s campaign manager, Ray Allen (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
  • “You don’t bring a lawsuit to a gunfight, and there’s no place for lawyers on the front lines.” — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, on the planned House lawsuit against Obama (Talking Points Memo)



  • The New York Times maps ISIS’s progress down the Tigris and Euphrates rivers.
  • The New York Times maps the country’s evangelical and Mormon strongholds.
  • National Journal graphs the most-Googled members of the House of Representatives.
  • The Boston Globe maps the average cost of child care.
  • Scientific American maps prescription painkiller use by state.
  • Vox maps Amtrak ridership, clustered in the northeast.


Future events

  • Friday, July 11 – Vice President Biden will deliver remarks at the National Governors Association Summer Meeting in Nashville.
  • Thursday, July 10 – The Senate Appropriations Committee will hold a hearing, “Review of the President’s Emergency Supplemental Request for Unaccompanied Children and Related Matters,” at 2:30 p.m. in 106 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – The Senate Banking Committee will hold a hearing, during which Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will present “The Semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress,” at 10 a.m. in 106 Dirksen.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing, “The Recovery at Five Years: An Assessment,” at 2 p.m. in 216 Hart.
  • Monday, July 14 – Politico will host a Playbook lunch conversation with former Vice President Dick Cheney, wife Lynne Cheney, and daughter Liz Cheney at 11:30 a.m. at 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – National Journal will hold a discussion with Charlie Cook on the 2014 midterm elections at 8:30 a.m. at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Monday, July 14 – The Peterson Institute for International Economics will hold a discussion on a new report, “Post-Crisis Fiscal Policy,” at 12:15 p.m. at 1750 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “Dodd-Frank at Four: Making Progress, Meeting Challenges, and Finding Solutions,” at 9:30 a.m. at 1225 I St. NW.
  • Tuesday, July 15 – The Bipartisan Policy Center will hold a discussion, “The Budget Act at 40: Midlife Crisis?” at 1:30 p.m. at 1225 I St. NW.
  • Friday, July 11 – The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee’s Energy Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “Fusion Energy: The World’s Most Complex Energy Project,” at 9 a.m. in 2318 Rayburn.
  • Thursday, July 10 – The Center for Strategic and International Studies will hold a discussion, “Building a ‘New Model of Major Country Relations,’ ” at 4 p.m. at 1616 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • Friday, July 11 – The Foundation for Defense of Democracies will hold a discussion, “Keeping our Friends Close and Our Frenemies Closer?” focusing on the complexity of American alliances in the Muslim world, at 9:30 a.m. at 1726 M St. NW.
  • Friday, July 11 – The American Enterprise Institute will hold a discussion, “How Will we Pay for the Cost of Cures?” at 7:45 a.m. at 1150 17th St. NW.
  • Friday, July 11 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “21st Century Cures: Incorporating the Patient Perspective,” at 9 a.m. in 2322 Rayburn.
  • Friday, July 11 – The Alliance for Health Reform will hold a briefing, “Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2014: Behind the Numbers,” at 12:15 p.m. at 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE.
  • Thursday, July 10 – The Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s Intelligence Champions Council will hold a discussion, “Millennials, the Community, and Social Media,” at 7 p.m. at 1330 Maryland Ave. SW.
  • Monday, July 14 – The World Bank will hold a webchat, beginning at 12:30 p.m., on “Emerging Internet Trends That Will Shape the Global Economy.”
  • Tuesday, July 15 – The House Judiciary Committee’s Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet Subcommittee will hold a hearing, “Moral Rights, Termination Rights, Resale Royalty, and Copyright Term,” at 1 p.m. in 2141 Rayburn.




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