US Senate approves resurrected 2002 energy bill

The US Senate confounded policy-watchers on July 31 when it suddenly discarded Republican energy reform legislation, resurrected the Democrats' 2002 version, and approved that measure by a decisive 84-14 vote.Senate leaders from both parties suspended weeks of partisan sparring over the Republican bill by agreeing to pass legislation that had won on an 88-11 margin last April when Democrats narrowly controlled the chamber. Political analysts said the decision to recycle last year's legislation was a pragmatic one. By choosing to pass last year's bill again, Republicans could avoid a series of pending high-profile votes on climate change and clean air issues. Democrats, meanwhi...

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