Lawmakers line up to knock ethanol mandate

The Hill June 22, 2016 By Devin Henry Members of a House panel on Wednesday ramped up their criticism of the federal ethanol mandate. During an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, members asked a top Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) official to justify the Obama administration’s handling of the ethanol mandate, an implementation strategy that has […]

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Swipe fees and the ‘trash heap of history’

The Hill June 21, 2016 Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is determined to prevent politically toxic votes on the House floor. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) didn’t get the memo. Hensarling is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, with jurisdiction over laws governing the nation’s sprawling banking sector. He detests the Dodd-Frank law, enacted after government […]

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C-STORE CLOSES BECAUSE OF HIGH CARD FEES

NACS June 7, 2016 For years, the Quechee Mobil Mart has welcomed visitors to Woodstock, selling them gasoline, convenience store stapes and gifts. Sheryl Trainor has owned the business since 1995. But in mid-May, Quechee Mobil Mart locked its doors and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy status—all because of the fees associated with accepting credit […]

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Supreme Court ruling means more Clean Water Act lawsuits are likely

Politico May 31, 2016 By Annie Snider The Supreme Court opened the door to more lawsuits over the Clean Water Act in a Tuesday ruling that allowed businesses to challenge the federal government’s decisions on which wetlands and streams it can regulate. The ruling that Army Corps of Engineers wetland determinations are reviewable by courts […]

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The two words that rewrote American water policy

Politico May 25, 2016 By Annie Snider When the Obama administration released its sweeping new wetlands rule in early summer 2015, it detonated across the American heartland like a bomb. Known by its nickname WOTUS, for Waters of the United States, the 75-page document laid out a new and ambitious definition of what streams, rivers […]

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A new Obama emissions play

Politico April 18, 2016 By Michael Grunwald The Obama administration has begun a quiet push to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions created by transportation projects, a new front in the president’s global fight to limit climate change. Administration officials told POLITICO they are about to propose rules that could force recipients of federal transportation dollars […]

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