WATCHING WASHINGTON ENERGY BILL MIRED IN SENATE PROCEDURES

With Patrick Crow Omnibus energy legislation remained so solidly stuck in Senate procedures last week that observers began to ask whether the bill was mired in quicksand. The Senate needs to send the bill to a conference committee with the House, but filibuster threats prompted Senate leaders to schedule a cloture vote to shut off any debate. That, in turn, spawned feverish negotiations.

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