Republicans pass bill making pipelines easier

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CAPITOL HILL – The House is making it easier for companies to build natural gas pipelines. Two measures approved last Wednesday were touted by Republicans as means to streamline the approval process for oil and natural gas pipelines. The Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act, which passed by a 248-179 vote, codifies that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) act as the lead environmental review agency for projects and sets deadlines for other state and local agencies to ask FERC to become participating agencies, as well as deadlines for FERC to issue permit decisions. The Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act undoes an executive order saying a presidential permit is needed to build an oil or gas pipeline or electric transmission facility that crosses border with Mexico or Canada. That bill passed with a 254-175 vote.

“These are commonsense reforms that reduce interagency bureaucracy, and I think that we can all agree that permitting should be more transparent and more accountable,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas-17), the sponsor of the first bill mentioned.

Republicans also spoke of the need for the U.S. to become energy independent and to foster economic growth, which they argue the bills help achieve.


Preparing your home for sale when you have pets

house genericAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association (, 36.5 percent of households own a dog and 30.4 percent of households own a cat, and many households have other types of pets. Of course having a dog or cat can fill many needs, such as companionship, security, socializing, and even fitness. However, selling a home where a pet lives can be tricky.


When feng shui calls, you'd better listen

house real estateIt didn’t seem that long ago when feng shui was important to almost every home buyer and seller. And if Google Trends is an indication of relevance, the diminishing number of searches for feng shui over the last decade indicates reduced interest. Perhaps the bursting housing bubble shifted everyone’s attention; buyers’ were determined to get distressed properties at a deal, while sellers were determined to get a model home look through staging. Although seemingly having lost significance in the housing market, feng shui is once again becoming a top concern for buyers and sellers.


Kumar Barve pushes bid for Congress

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In the race to succeed U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8), state Del. Kumar Barve (D-17) tied himself directly to the outgoing congressman, who’s now running for U.S. Senate, though Van Hollen hasn’t endorsed Barve’s candidacy.


Enter the 47 Ronin


That sound you heard is not the ice breaking, though the warming weather could be the sign of Hell to come.
No, the sound this week heard in the capital was that of the straw breaking the camel’s back.
In the last two weeks the Republican leaders in the House and Senate – a fine group of well-dressed aging white men and women who share millions in campaign contributions from the richest defense contractors – got together to undermine the President by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to the congress and warn them what a horrible idea it was to make a deal with Iran.
Then in an even cheekier move, 47 Ronin from the senate spurred by a junior senator from the Middle Ages sent a letter to Iran which will be debated for as long as cow dung smells.

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