Energy And Environment Update -- March 18, 2012

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Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Administration; Department of Defense; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Government Accountability Office; States; International; and Miscellaneous.

Excerpt from Energy and Climate Debate

Following an extended debate over a number of non-germane energy amendments, the Senate overwhelmingly approved March 14 a $109 billion transportation bill that would fund road and transit projects for the next two years. The bipartisan 74-22 vote places added pressure on Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republicans to either pass a measure of its own or take up the Senate-approved version before current highway funding expires March 31.

The legislation extends current levels indexed to inflation while also reforming the project review process and consolidating a few federal programs. The Speaker’s preferred language is a five-year, $260 billion package that would pay for infrastructure projects with revenue from new domestic oil and gas drilling; while House Republicans have been divided on the measure, it is possible that the House could move to the Senate bill soon.

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