Watching Government - Beyond HR 6

The US congressional energy bill isn't the only game in town. It is true Washington, DC, lobbyists are devoting many, if not most, of their billable hours this fall to the comprehensive energy bill. But the US Congress also is working on many other industry-related issues. Iraq reconstruction, drilling moratoria, clean-air updates, and annual spending bills are part of Capitol Hill's agenda.Iraq priorityWell before the energy bill is finalized, Congress is expected to pass new funding measures for Iraq. The White House wants $87 billion; about $66 billion is for military operations. The remaining $20.3 billion is for reconstruction, including $2.1 billion for oil infrastructure. W...

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