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Federal Reserve vice-chair Janet Yellen attends a ceremony marking the centennial of the founding of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Dec. 16, 2013.

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Federal Reserve vice-chair Janet Yellen attends a ceremony marking the centennial of the founding of the Federal Reserve in Washington on Dec. 16, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 68%

That’s the share of senators voting yesterday who approved the nomination of Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve. Yellen, who will become the first woman to lead the central bank, was confirmed on a 56-26 vote. Eleven Republicans voted...

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

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Water in the Delta Mendota Canal is fed to the California Aqueduct and onward to Los Angeles as drinking water.

EPA: Urging Congress for More Authority to Protect Water

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog The Environmental Protection Agency should seek more authority from Congress to better protect drinking water from terrorists and natural disasters, its inspector general said. The IG urged the agency to use any added authority...

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Sierra Nevada

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Sierra Nevada

Jewell: No Climate Change Deniers at Interior

It’s official. There is no denying climate change at the Department of Interior. Sally Jewell, the outdoorswoman and new interior secretary schooled in oilfield engineering and molded in her leadership of an adventure-outfitting company, made her debut address at the...

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A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11, 2012 near Laporte, Colorado.

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A Sikorsky S-64 Aircrane firefighting helicopter drops water on a hotspot burning close to homes near Horsetooth Reservoir June 11, 2012 near Laporte, Colorado.

Neptune Withdraws Contract Protest for Firefighting Air Tankers

Neptune Aviation Services has withdrawn its protest of a U.S. Forest Service contract, allowing the agency to purchase seven air tankers, according to Mike Saccone, spokesman for Sen. Mark Udall. The contract is valued at about $60 million over five years. Udall, a Colorado...

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An Environmental Protection Agency contractor collects water samples for testing on May 31, 2010 near the point where the South Pass of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana.

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An Environmental Protection Agency contractor collects water samples for testing on May 31, 2010 near the point where the South Pass of the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, Louisiana.

Are EPA Permits Germane to the Farm Bill?

Look for some conversation in the Senate today about whether more than 100 amendments dealing with Environmental Protection Agency permitting authority are germane to the farm bill. Bloomberg BNA’s LaTrina Antoine and Amena H. Saiyid report that Democrat Kay Hagan...

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget sit on a pallet at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. on  April 8, 2013.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget sit on a pallet at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. on April 8, 2013.

Bush Debt Load Endorsed by Republicans Now Rejected

By Jonathan Nicholson When Republicans and Democrats describe each other’s budgets, a person could be forgiven for thinking the plans are as far apart as possible. Republicans say putting the budget into balance by 2023 is necessary to help get...

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

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REI Chief Executive Officer Sally Jewell is congratulated by outgoing Interior Secrtary Ken Salazar after she was nominated by President Barack Obama to be the next Secretary of the Interior in the State Dining Room of the White House on Feb. 6, 2013.

Senator May Throw Speed Bump in Path of Interior Nomination

Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski, ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, is threatening to put a hold on the nomination of Sally Jewell to head the Interior Department until it agrees to reverse a preliminary decision rejecting a...

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

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Senator Max Baucus, a Democrat from Montana and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, left, and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the committee, in Washington in this file photo.

Senators Set Priorities on EU Trade Deal

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, and ranking member Orrin Hatch, a  Utah Republican, have given U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk  their priorities concerning a potential agreement on trade,  investment, and regulatory cooperation between the U.S. and ...

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