Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Yahoo! News - House OKs Broad Energy Bill, Senate Acts Next|
The energy bill, written mostly by Republicans behind closed doors, was cleared by a congressional negotiating committee late on Monday.I work in the electrical utility industry and I live in a major corn producing state and I still think this bill is a bad idea. Call your senators and let them know how you feel. Don't let them railroad this thing through.
Passage of the energy bill is a top White House priority, even though the legislation does not include the White House's plan to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
The true test of the bill's fate will be in the Senate, where some Democrats have threatened to filibuster the legislation when it is brought to the floor for a final vote as early as Wednesday.
Republicans hope the bill's boost in corn-based ethanol production will persuade Senate Democrats -- who oppose many other sections of the bill --to support the legislation.