Senate leaders bypass committees to expedite energy legislation

US Senate leaders have opted to bypass the committee process to bring energy policy legislation to the floor this fall-a bill that will not propose leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain.Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) invoked a seldom-used Senate rule last week to require Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) to offer a proposed energy bill, one that his committee will not be allowed to vote on.Daschle then may introduce the proposal as legislation and bring it directly to the Senate floor, where it would be open to any and all amendments-including one regarding ANWR.The House of Representatives passed an energy reform bill earlier ...

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