Dems Push Energy Bill Toward Vote By Full Senate

Law360, New York (June 9, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Democratic Senators ended a partisan gridlock Friday by voting to close debate on the Consumer-First Energy Act, which seeks to lower gas prices by repealing tax breaks for Big Oil and taxing "windfall" profits.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) invoked cloture to push the bill past a Republican blockade to a full Senate vote set for Tuesday, in the hope that continuing escalation of gas prices and consumer woes will bring some Republicans around to supporting the bill, S. 3044.

Reid said, “the oil companies...
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