On the Hill: House leaders plan week of energy bills

| Thursday, June 22, 2006

House Republicans are planning to put several pieces of energy legislation up for floor votes the week of June 25.

Congressional Quarterly reported that the bills will include measures to establish energy education and grant programs, but will most likely not include two key measures dealing with fuel economy standards and boutique fuels.

Rep. Joe Barton, R-TX, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said a bill authorizing the administration to change the way fuel economy standards are calculated will most likely not be brought to the floor, CQ reported.

An aide to Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-NY, told CQ that the fuel economy bill will be brought to the floor when House leaders are sure it has enough support.

One bill that will probably be included in next weeks votes is one that would promote offshore energy exploration.

Meanwhile, the Energy and Commerce Committee approved another bill on Wednesday, June 22, that, if passed into law, would create a grant program for independent businesses to purchase equipment for ethanol pumps.

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