the Senate CONGRESS 4/27 the House


The Senate stands adjourned until 3:00pm on Monday, April 27, 2015.

Following any Leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of H.R.1191, the Iran Congressional Review Act. At 5:00pm, the Senate will enter Executive Session to consider Executive Calendar # 75, the nomination of Dava J. Newman, of Massachusetts, to be Deputy Administrator of NASA. There will be 30 minutes of debate equally divided prior to a vote on confirmation of the nomination. If all time is used, the vote would occur at 5:30pm.



Last Floor Action:
2:55:12 P.M. – The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order.

The next meeting is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on April 27, 2015.


Re: Tell President Obama: No More Public Lands and Waters Giveaways

RanRainforest Action NetworkRainforest Action Network
 I wanted to make sure you’d seen this, from Monday. It’s been five years since BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, but the Gulf Coast is still suffering. President Obama can help ensure there are no more Gulf oil spills — and establish his climate legacy at the same time.We’ve already had a great response from thousands of RAN supporters. Will you join them by adding your voice?

Tell President Obama: no more oil, coal and gas leases in coastal waters and on public lands.

Five years ago today, BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven people and sending some 210 million barrels of oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama called it “the worst environmental disaster America has ever faced”.1

Never again. The president can help ensure there are no more disasters like the Deepwater Horizon — and establish his climate legacy at the same time. Call on President Obama to stop leasing our public lands and waters to the fossil fuel industry.


The Gulf Coast is still suffering. The 170,000 workers who cleaned up the spill are at greater risk for cancer, and kidney and liver disease.2 Last year, dolphins and whales off the Louisiana coast died at four times the usual rates.3 And 10 million gallons of oil sit on the Gulf floor in a congealed “bath mat” the size of Rhode Island.4

BP controls more of the deepwater Gulf than any other oil company, with an outrageous 600 leases.5 In the case of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, a U.S. judge found BP’s conduct to be “grossly negligent”.6 But — to be clear — when it comes to the fossil fuel industry, gross negligence is business as usual.

So we’re joining our friends at CREDO Action to say: No more Gulf oil spills. No more giving away our public lands and waters to rapacious fossil fuel companies that care only about their profits. Tell President Obama to issue an executive order now.

President Obama wants to be remembered as a climate leader. But he has a huge climate blindspot. While the president has pushed for international agreements to limit carbon pollution, he’s also presided over a massive drilling boom on our public lands and in our coastal waters.

That explosive growth is killing the climate. Emissions from federally managed lands and waters cause approximately 24 percent of U.S. energy-related greenhouse gas emissions annually — mostly from coal, oil and gas.7

The solution is simple. If President Obama wants to establish a real climate legacy, he should issue an executive order instructing federal agencies to stop granting new and expanded leases to extract fossil fuels from public lands.

To avoid catastrophic climate change, scientists say we must keep between 67% and 80% of the world’s remaining fossil fuels in the ground.8 One quarter of U.S. fossil fuel production happens on federally-managed lands and waters. The president can take a huge step towards stopping climate change — and preventing future Gulf oil spills. Urge him to issue an executive order today.

For our lands and our waters, our communities and our climate,

Amanda_400x400.jpg Amanda Starbuck
Climate and Energy Program Director
Rainforest Action Network

P.S. Bridge the Gulf, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and Idle No More Gulf Coast are among the many organizations fighting for justice and accountability in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On this fifth anniversary of the BP disaster, support them today.


1. “Remarks by the President to the Nation on the BP Oil Spill”, White House Office of the Press Secretary, June 15, 2010
2. “BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Are At Higher Risk Of Sickness, Cancer”, ThinkProgress, Sep. 17, 2013
3. “Science Links Dolphin Deaths to BP Oil Spill – Again”, National Wildlife Federation, Feb. 13, 2015
4. “Scientists have found a 10 million gallon ‘bath mat’ of oil on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico”, Business Insider, Feb. 4, 2015
5. “Deepwater Gulf of Mexico”, BP
6. “U.S. judge upholds BP ‘gross negligence’ Gulf spill ruling”, Reuters, Nov. 13, 2014
7. “Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Fossil Energy Extracted from Federal Lands and Waters: An Update”, Stratus Consulting, prepared for The Wilderness Society, Dec. 23, 2014
8. “Unburnable Carbon 2013: Wasted capital and stranded assets”, Carbon Tracker Initiative & Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, 2013; “Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report”, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 2014.

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The day after: How we’re helping in Nepal

Photo: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Photo: REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

When the massive earthquake struck Nepal yesterday, the world took notice. Just like our team on the ground, many acted quickly to help.

While people reached out to give, they were working tirelessly to ready emergency supply kits to distribute to survivors less than 24 hours from now.

Thanks to more than 3,000 supporters, families in Nepal who have lost everything and have no safe place to go will receive clean water, clothing, cooking utensils, towels, tarps and shelter supplies.

These most basic supplies couldn’t be more crucial at this tragic moment. The team reported today that conditions in Nepal are still extremely precarious; most people are sleeping outside for fear of damaged buildings collapsing from the tremors.

The emergency is not over,” noted Jared Rowell, our Senior Program Officer for the region. “Aftershocks continue, some as strong as 6.7 magnitude, all through the Kathmandu Valley and are being felt throughout the country.”

Our Nepal Country Director Sanjay Karki recounted, “Every one or two hours we feel those big jolts. We really don’t know what to expect, so everyone is in a state of panic. All the open spaces in Kathmandu are packed with people who are camping outdoors. When the aftershocks come you cannot imagine the fear. You can hear women and children crying.”

Every simple comfort and every small gesture of kindness in the midst of such chaos will ease people’s worry and bring relief from the anguish of seeing their world turned upside down.

Our community of compassionate supporters have already joined with our more than 90 staff members in Nepal — it is one of the largest humanitarian teams on the ground, mostly comprising local people who have also suffered their own losses and damaged homes.

You too can stand by their side as they work as quickly as they can to help their neighbors survive and look for ways to help their communities rebuild after this tragic disaster. Give now to our Nepal Earthquake Response fund ▸

Our team is currently coordinating with the U.N. and other relief agencies to make sure urgent needs are met in the epicenter of the quake around Kathmandu. The government has requested that we quickly increase our distributions to 5,000 emergency supply kits, 2,000 shelter kits and 5,000 tarps.

Your gift to our Nepal Earthquake Response fund will help ensure that we will be able to scale up our response and reach areas where we will have the greatest impact for survivors — immediately and for months to come ▸

Thank you for your generous compassion at this tragic time,

Dan O'Neill, Mercy Corps Founder

Dan O’Neill
Mercy Corps Founder