Energy bill hopes fade as Congress leaves for campaigns

An ethanol mandate, oil and gas production incentives, pipeline safety, and other important industry issues may have to be revisited next year as the fate of sweeping energy reform legislation grows increasingly uncertain."The bill's not dead yet, but you can say it's on life support and barely breathing," said a veteran lobbyist.First the House, and then the Senate voted Oct. 16 to fund a temporary government spending measure through Nov. 22, effectively allowing lawmakers to go home to campaign for the November elections. The government's new fiscal year started Oct. 1, but Congress has yet to complete nearly any of the 13 annual spending bills that set the federal budget. L...

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