WATCHING WASHINGTON NES MARKUPS UNDER WAY
With Patrick Crow The Senate energy committee plunged into a briar patch last week, starting its markups of a National Energy Strategy bill. It may produce legislation in 2-3 weeks, which could go to the Senate floor this summer. But the House energy and power subcommittee will complete a series of hearings, due to run through June, before beginning to write a bill. It may not report out legislation until next year-if then.