House, Senate start negotiations over sweeping energy bill

Congressional leaders late last month officially began talks designed to reconcile differences between the House and Senate energy bills with both sides calling for a spirit of compromise. Negotiators spent the first day of the conference making televised opening remarks; more-serious discussions are expected after a week-long break for the July 4th holiday. Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) Click here to enlarge imageLawmakers were hopeful that a final bill could be prepared for President George W. Bush's signature before Congress adjourns this fall. "I hope and expect that the bipartisanship that prevailed during House consideration of this legislation will continue in the conference," sai...

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