US Senate passes bill with $18 billion energy tax package

The US Senate overwhelming agreed 85-13 to keep energy tax provisions in a pending trade bill. But the energy portion of the bill faces an uphill battle when lawmakers meet with their House counterparts to reconcile differences between the legislation, congressional and industry sources said May 12.The $18 billion tax package was originally part of a larger energy bill, debated in various forms for more than 3 years. But persistent gridlock between the Republican-led House and the nearly evenly divided Senate has stalled efforts to push so-called "comprehensive" energy legislation out of Congress.Meanwhile the White House continues to call for a sweeping energy bill but has not signaled i...

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