WATCHING WASHINGTON PUSHING FOR AN ENERGY BILL
With Patrick Crow A House-Senate conference committee faces the prodigious task of merging the huge energy bills in September. Their chore is complicated by the fact that 33 senators and 108 House members have been named to the committee. Each house appointed several members from committees with jurisdiction over parts of the bill. So due to the bills' wide scope, nine Senate and 10 House panels will be represented, making the process more cumbersome than usual.