White House playing more active role in energy bill talks

The White House is playing a more active role in US energy bill discussions due to deep disagreements between US House and Senate tax writers over energy incentives for ethanol, congressional sources said. Also still in contention is a controversial House proposal that would extend a smog compliance deadline under federal clean air rules for some cities.Government and industry sources said President George W. Bush's administration and congressional leaders are meeting daily to finalize remaining sticking points. Similarly, the president in recent public statements has sought to step up the political pressure by calling on Congress to deliver a comprehensive energy bill to his desk thi...

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