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[greenyes] Energy bill is blocked in Senate
FYI - just heard... but there may be a another vote next week...

WASHINGTON (CBS.MW) -- The Senate blocked a final vote on a massive energy bill, potentially killing the legislation. The chamber fell two votes short of a 60-vote supermajority needed to end a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., who initially voted to end debate, then changed his vote to "no," which gives him the right to call another procedural vote to end debate. Frist said another vote could come next week. Supporters of the energy bill, which includes around $32 billion in tax breaks, subsidies and new spending, say the package will boost domestic energy production, increase the reliability of the electricity grid and create jobs. Critics call it a giveaway to big energy companies that will do little to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil while harming the environment. The package faced opposition from Democrats upset by provisions that would shield makers of petroleum-based gas additive MTBE from defective product lawsuits, as well as Republicans unhappy with the size of the package.
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