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April 12, 2013


The House completes consideration of a bill regarding the National Labor Relations Board. The Senate is not in session. 


Jewell, SallyInterior: Jewell to be Sworn in Today in Private Ceremony. Sally Jewell will be sworn in today as the nation's 51st Interior secretary, an agency official said last night. The ceremony will take place just two days after Jewell, the former CEO of the outdoor recreation company REI, was confirmed by the Senate in an 87-11 vote (E&E Daily, April 11). E&E News





'Unrealistic' Budget Proposal Will Have to See Cuts-House Chairman. House lawmakers are unlikely to fully fund the Obama administration's "unrealistic" request to increase funding for programs at the Commerce Department next year, according to the head of the House panel that oversees the agency's appropriations. Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Frank Wolf (R-Va.) yesterday said lawmakers will likely keep spending at current levels or reduce accounts in 2014. E&E News


Establishes Law of the Sea Center in Tromso. China, India, Japan and the European Union are all knock, knock, knocking on Arctic's door. The question is expected to be a "hot-potato" when the member states of the Arctic Council get the Observer status applications on the desk at the up-coming Arctic Council meeting in Kiruna, northern Sweden, on May 15th. Today, the University of Troms