US Senate defers energy reform legislation until 2002

Energy reform legislation will not be on the US Senate's legislative agenda until January, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said late last month.Daschle said there was not enough time to debate a bill, because lawmakers must finish the annual federal budget and are still considering an economic stimulus package. But he pledged to move the issue forward early next year. Congressional leaders plan to leave Washington within 2 weeks for a month-long holiday recess.Daschle said it was "not only my expectation, but my commitment that we will take the bill up during that first work period," before the next congressional break in mid-February.The Republican-led House in August passe...

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