Notwithstanding popular perceptions, Congress and Federal agencies are considering, and could decide, a number of budget, funding, and regulatory matters within the next few months. Further, for at least one of the critical time periods for possible action, Members (and agency officials) may be focused on achieving the ends of certain partisan goals. One can almost hear the great monologue of Jefferson Smith (from, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington), “And you know that you fight for the lost causes harder than for any others. . . . Somebody’ll listen to me!” During this time, energy and natural resource client interests can be carefully advanced by recognizing the currents on the Hill, and the recognized imperative to accomplish certain legislative and administrative goals.

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