With hopes fading, lawmakers meet on energy bill


September 8, 2016 10:45PM (UTC)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fading Congressional efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade have been revived — for now. Lawmakers convened a long-delayed meeting Thursday aimed at finding a bipartisan agreement by the end of the year.

Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska acknowledged that the election-year bill faces long odds, but urged her colleagues to "prove the skeptics wrong" and "succeed where so many anticipate we'll fail."

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Murkowski chairs the Senate Energy Committee and is among nearly 50 lawmakers from both parties who serve on a joint House-Senate panel tasked with developing an energy bill.

The bill's prospects have dimmed amid partisan disputes over oil drilling, water for drought-stricken California and potential rollback of protections for the gray wolf and other wildlife, among other issues.





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