US Senate starts energy bill floor debate

Maureen LorenzettiWashington EditorThe US Senate may pass comprehensive energy legislation as early as late May, Republican lawmakers said May 7 on the eve of floor debate in the chamber.That timetable could slip to early June, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-NM) conceded. But he still is optimistic consensus can be reached well before summer. In a floor statement formally introducing the bill, Domenici called on Democrats to forge a compromise in the narrowly divided Senate."I sincerely hope that this important legislation does not become wrapped up in partisan delay tactics," Domenici said. "I know there has been speculation in the media that the ...

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