Momentum Builds for Gas Exports as Russia Mobilizes

Lawmakers decry ‘de facto ban’ on exports as fears of Ukrainian supply shock grow
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Top congressional Republicans are seizing on Russia’s invasion of Crimea to call on the Obama administration to lift barriers to U.S. energy exports.

House Pressures Obama to Dismantle Iran’s Enrichment Program

Eric Cantor and Steny Hoyer co-author letter to Obama on Iran
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D., Md.) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) / AP

Two top House lawmakers called on the Obama administration Monday to ensure that any final agreement with Iran requires it to dismantle all “weapons-related infrastructure,” including its uranium enrichment program.

House Holds ‘Stop Government Abuse Week’

Republicans introduce bills to curb the IRS, increase accountability in government spending
AP

House Republicans will push a series of bills this week in an effort to curb abuse and increase transparency in the federal government.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) sent a memo to Republican members on Friday, outlining the GOP’s legislative agenda for “Stop Government Abuse Week.”

Sunday Show Round Up

Keystone and Immigration remain key legislative concerns in 2014
Denis McDonough on Meet the Press

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough sidestepped questions about the approval of the Keystone pipeline following the release of a State Department review that found the project would be unlikely to impact the climate.

“[President Obama] laid out his view on this last summer, his view is that if this is to go forward it should not significantly exacerbate the climate crisis in this country,” McDonough said on NBC’s Meet the Press. “The Friday report is an important input into the process. We’ll hear from other cabinet secretaries.”