Senate Stops Energy Bill Roll

Cindy Zimmerman

The energy bill was on a roll after passing the House Thursday, but a failed vote on Friday to end debate in the Senate puts the bill back in limbo.

Domenici In urging Senators to block a vote on the bill, Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico, the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, argued: “This is not a good bill, but it can be turned into a great bill.”

The White House threatened a veto over the bill because of provisions that increase taxes for oil companies and require utilities to generate more electricity from sources such as solar and wind energy.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., called the bill, which would require an increase in the Renewable Fuel Standard to 36 billion gallons by 2022, “a shot heard ’round the world for energy independence for our country.”

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