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Reid Signals Aggressive Focus on Energy Bill

By Juliet Eilperin
Not satisfied with the billions for clean energy projects in the stimulus package, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said today he will work to pass a new energy bill within a matter of weeks.

Reid -- who's helped organize a clean energy summit next week in Washington that is bringing former president President Clinton and vice president Al Gore to town along with entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens -- said he's asked Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) to prepare a bill that will set a national renewable portfolio standard.

"We have a really nice package in the recovery bill that we passed, but we need to do more," Reid said in an interview. "We will continue to focus attention on something that's vitally important to the safety and national security of this country, which is dependence on foreign oil."

Reid, who predicted the Senate could complete work on the energy bill during the chamber's upcoming six-week work period, said the measure would also include provisions addressing the nation's electricity grid.

Once the energy bill is done, Reid said, legislators will turn their attention to climate change legislation that could pass the Senate "later this summer."

"That could involve cap and trade or a carbon tax," he added.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 18, 2009; 5:17 PM ET
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In other words, he has not boosted Picken's and Gore's investments enough, and now they have to stand over him!

We have GOT to get their Stooge out of the White House! Barry will keep signing WHATEVER he gets handed!

The Powers are now longer separate, and one Party controls the Congressional Legislation!

NOT Good!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 18, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

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