Watching Government: Refining bills stall in Senate

Like a professional sports event, refining legislation before the 109th Congress has reached a point where you can’t tell the players without a program. That’s because there are not one, but two, refining bills awaiting action before Senate committees.Soon after the Environment and Public Works Committee deadlocked over its bill, the Energy and Natural Resources Committee took jurisdiction over the so-called “Barton bill” passed by the House. The informal designation reflects its origin in the House Energy and Commerce Committee chaired by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.).It differs from the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s bill, which aims to provide ...

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