WATCHING WASHINGTON ENERGY BILL DEBATE IN THE HOUSE

With Patrick Crow The House of Representatives opened a free-for-all debate on the omnibus energy bill last week. Most of the action centered at first in the rules committee. It decides which amendments can be offered on the floor. About 50 congressmen testified on more than 100 amendments before the panel. The committee attempted to reduce the amendments to a manageable number so the House could pass the bill in the 2 days remaining before a Memorial Day recess,

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