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  • The Senate voted 71-23 to approve a $1.4 trillion spending bill that includes a $6 billion pension package for retired coal miners and increased funding levels for the Environmental Protection Agency and renewable energy programs. The White House has said that President Donald Trump will sign the bill before federal funding expires at midnight tomorrow. (The Associated Press)
  • House Energy and Commerce Environment and Climate Subcommittee Chairman Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) said that committee Democrats plan to release a “bipartisan and bicameral” draft measure on climate change after the holidays. The bill will not include a carbon price and will address aspects within the committee’s jurisdiction, said full committee chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.). (Bloomberg Environment)
  • The Trump administration said it will set biofuel blending quotas at 20.09 billion gallons in 2020, up from 19.92 billion gallons in 2019 and mostly in line with the volumes it proposed earlier this year. The EPA estimates that the quotas will result in the net blending of 15 billion gallons of conventional biofuels into gasoline, after small refinery waivers are granted. (Bloomberg)

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