Bingaman seeks to restore energy programs

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) last week introduced an amendment to the federal budget resolution that assumes reauthorization of the chemical and toxic waste Superfund tax to help restore federal energy programs that the administration of President George W. Bush wants to cut. At presstime last week, the amendment was defeated by a 46-54 vote.Noting that Congress passed the first comprehensive energy legislation in 13 years in 2005, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s chief minority member said: “If we finally have a new energy strategy for the 21st century then where is the funding to implement this new strategy?”He said the administration’s fiscal 200...

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