US Senate Democrats introduce energy reform bill

US Senate Democrats last week introduced an energy bill plan they claim is more balanced than a pending Republican proposal that passed the House last August.Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) said he is committed to debating a comprehensive energy bill early next year but that the legislative calendar is too crowded to consider it before Congress leaves in mid-December for a month's recess. And if Republicans insist on including a provision to allow leasing in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, it may stall the process indefinitely, Daschle warned.The most dramatic difference between the House and Senate bills is the contentious ANWR issue. The House Republican plan would a...

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