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  • President Barack Obama told Vice News in an interview released on Monday that it was "disturbing" that the chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works denied the existence of climate change. (Watch the video above.) Obama was referring to Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), who threw a snowball on the Senate floor earlier this month to help make his case that climate change isn't real. Even though Inhofe cited record low temperatures across the country as evidence that climate change was overplayed, the country has actually been experiencing a warmer than average winter. "That's disturbing," Obama said when Vice's Shane Smith pointed out that the stunt would have been funny if it weren't for Inhofe's chairmanship.
  • Today is the midterm election for the United States, where many seats in the House and Senate will be determined. It seems pretty obvious that the House will remain in control of the Republicans. It seems likely the GOP will get a slight majority in the Senate today as well. What does this mean? Well, in the short term and for many issues, not a lot. This previous Congress will go down in history as the least effective ever, since all it really did is block White House initiatives. They couldn’t even approve a surgeon general nomination! A GOP majority in the Senate will probably mean more of the same, since they’ll lack the supermajority needed to prevent Democratic filibustering of big items.

Committee Chairperson

Congress Member
StateYearsSocial
Govt. WebsiteD.C. Phone
Barbara Boxer
S(D)California25.8      YYY YY Yboxer.senate.gov202-224-35533

Committee Ranking Member

Congress Member
StateYearsSocial
Govt. WebsiteD.C. Phone
David Vitter
S(R)Louisiana13.8      YYY YY Yvitter.senate.gov202-224-462341