February 2016, Vol. 243, No. 2

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Congress Cautiously Looks at Passing 1st Energy Bill since 2007

The U.S. Senate will kick off deliberations over a potentially bipartisan energy bill this week. Reaching consensus on energy legislation has been notoriously difficult, but the Republican lead on energy in the U.S. Senate believes that they could push something through for the first time in almost a decade. But the bill faces an uphill battle. Any bill that is to make it to the president’s desk will necessarily have to avoid a lot of poison pill issues. “I want to change energy policy and you can’t do that without the legislation becoming law,” Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), the chair of the Senate Energy Committee, said last week. “And so not only do we need the support of the House,

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