January 18, 2022

Volume XII, Number 18


Senate to Vote on Secretary for Department of Interior; House Hearings on Social Cost of Carbon and Water Infrastructure

Legislative Activity

Cabinet Update

The Senate is expected to continue voting on President Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. A floor vote for the confirmation of Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT) to serve as the Secretary of the Department of the Interior is expected to take place this week. The Senate is scheduled to proceed to a cloture vote on his nomination today, and if cloture is invoked, Democrats will have 30 hours of debate before a confirmation vote will take place. This follows a failed attempt by Senate Republicans to confirm Rep. Zinke by voice vote on February 17, which was halted by Democratic opposition. The confirmation vote for Governor Rick Perry to serve as Secretary of Energy is expected to take place in March.  

This Week’s Hearings:

  • On Tuesday, February 28, the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Oversight, will hold a joint hearing titled “At What Cost – Examining the Social Cost of Carbon.”

  • On Wednesday, March 1, the House Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Water, Power, and Oceans, will hold a hearing to discuss “Modernizing Western Water and Power Infrastructure in the 21st Century.”

  • On Wednesday, March 1, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing to consider “Flood Control Infrastructure: Safety Questions Raised by Current Events.”

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Sarah Vilms, Public Policy Adviser, Squire Patton Boggs Law Firm
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Sarah Vilms provides legislative strategy and congressional advocacy on behalf of clients, including corporations, municipal governments and nonprofits. Her experience includes more than 20 years in environment and natural resources, education, health care, transportation, voting and sporting issues, among other areas. Ms. Vilms presents matters on behalf of clients before Congress, the White House and federal agencies. 

Mallory A. Richardson, Public Policy Specialist, Squire Patton Boggs, Law Firm
Public Policy Specialist

Mallory Richardson is a member of the firm’s Transportation, Infrastructure & Local Government and Public Policy Practices. Prior to becoming a public policy specialist, Mallory was selected through a competitive process to participate in the firm’s public policy internship program. In this position, Mallory assisted attorneys and senior policy professionals on legislative and regulatory research, hearing and event coverage, and produced reports focusing on issues including energy, transportation, education and local municipalities. In addition, she proactively...