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Legislators, get your amendments in for the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by 4 pm and the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by 5 pm today!
The House originally wasn’t scheduled to be in session until October 17th, so there aren’t many House hearings this week (Ways and Means is marking up a small wildfires-and-East-Palestine disaster relief bill tomorrow). Floor votes on amendments to the energy and water appropriations bill are expected to begin this afternoon.
The House is also going to vote today on Rep. Matt Gaetz’s (R-Fla.) attempt to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for not shutting down the government, and all the House GOP are trying to put Green New Dealer Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) in jail for going through an emergency door, so if you care about high-school-grade politics, that’s sorta fun, right?
Gotta love the New York Times for its coverage on how to enjoy your time on the Titanic as the deck chairs are being rearranged. Tour the Climate Apocalypse!
Michael Lewis, the author of Moneyball and The Big Short, seems to have put his brain in a jar for his new book about the Ponzi crypto-grifter Sam Bankman-Fried, who spent millions trying to take over the Democratic Party with anti-climate candidates. Lewis’s new book, Going Infinite, is stuffed with clunkers:
“As late as the final days of October 2022, you could have ransacked the jungle huts until you were blue in the face and have had not the faintest sense that anything was amiss.”1
As longtime Hill Heat readers know, the Judgmental Monkey ruled against Bankman-Fried back in April 2022. Mikey, you should have subscribed.
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Tomorrow, there will be a “gala” at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the fifty-year anniversary of one of the most successful Koch-backed climate-denier schemes, the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC connects corporations and right-wing billionaires with Republican state legislators, pushing out model legislation across the country.
Thanks to vigorous campaigning by activists, particularly against ALEC’s stand-your-ground and anti-climate bills, the organization is a shadow of what it was ten years ago, when companies like Amazon, State Farm, and Procter & Gamble, and Google, Microsoft, and Facebook were active members.
However, ALEC is still backed by corporate trade groups which include those companies, such as PhRMA, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and the tech group NetChoice. The few major companies willing to directly sponsor Wednesday’s wan affair include Alibaba, United Parcel Service, and the tobacco giants Philip Morris and Altria.
The ALEC Extinction Watch protest rally outside ALEC’s party, organized by Greenpeace, People for the American Way, and others will probably be a lot more entertaining.
ALEC’s star has been eclipsed by organizations such as the Republican Attorneys General Association, a similarly extremist group backed by giants like Amazon, Walmart and Home Depot.
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What, are these huts underwater?