Congress may attach energy policy measures to budget bills

The outlook for comprehensive US energy legislation grew more muddled last week as Congress focused on spending bills that will fund the government during the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.Capitol Hill sources earlier had predicted that Congress may be forced to extend its legislative calendar, which includes con sideration of comprehensive energy proposals, well into the winter holiday season.Congress also must complete the appropriations bills before Oct 1. Actual funding levels may also have to change, given that Congress plans to devote a much more sizable portion of the federal budget to national security and defense.Lawmakers had been scheduled to recess in early October. But even ...

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