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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2014 file photo, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Heitkamp said Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, that she won?t run for North Dakota governor, a setback for Democrats? hopes of claiming the state?s top office. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Senate panel advances oil exports in near party-line vote, signalling trouble ahead for bill

Although the Senate banking committee voted 13-9 to approve an oil exports bill, the panel debate on the measure illustrated hardening partisan division over the possible trade policy change.
Joint Economic Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., left, and Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind. talk on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012 (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Sen. Pat Toomey seeks to shred biofuel mandates as part of oil exports bill

Before the Senate Banking Committee votes on legislation to lift the oil export ban on Thursday, the panel may consider whether to axe some U.S. biofuel mandates.
This photo taken July 23, 2013, show the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Congress returns to work this week with a relatively short and simple agenda, vote to keep the government operating in the short term, then return home to campaign. National security threats from Islamic State militants and Russian aggression in Ukraine loom large, but September's session may be too short for lawmakers to do anything but talk about them.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Five options for getting crude export bill to president’s desk

Oil producers and their allies on Capitol Hill are mulling an array of strategies for getting legislation authorizing widespread crude exports onto the president’s desk.
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Iranian crude could pinch U.S. producers without export freedom, paper warns

The paper notes the “great geopolitical irony” that “lifting sanctions will boost Iranian oil exports at a time when federal law and regulations generally prohibit American oil exports.”
President Barack Obama arrives to speak on March 22, 2012 at the TransCanada Stillwater pipe yard in Cushing, Oklahoma. (AFP PHOTO/Mandel Ngan)

Obama knows crude export ban is “bad economics,” North Dakota senator says

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., suggested that momentum is building on Capitol Hill and within the Obama administration for liberalizing the longstanding ban on U.S. crude exports.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, center, smiles as she speaks about Keystone XL, accompanied by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., left, sponsor of the Keystone XL pipeline bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senators campaign to end ban on crude oil exports

Senators unveiled legislation to end the longstanding ban on U.S. oil exports, with hopes to put domestic crude on the same legal footing as gasoline, diesel and other refined petroleum products.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs a weekly cabinet meeting at his Jerusalem office in March 2015.  (AP Photo/Gali Tibbon, Pool)

Senators push oil-supply pact with Israel

Senators want the United States to renew a longstanding pledge to supply Israel with crude if the country’s oil supplies are interrupted.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska (Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg)

Senators push for oil export deal with Mexico

At issue is a Pemex affiliate’s request to export 100,000 barrels per day of light U.S. oil and condensates in exchange for heavy Mexican crude — a transaction that can be approved by U.S. regulators on a case-by-case basis under existing trade laws.
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Democrats push Obama on LNG exports

Five Senate Democrats sent a letter to President Barack Obama on Friday pleading for the government to pick up the pace in vetting proposals to export natural gas.
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., address her supporters in Bismarck, N.D. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)

New Democratic senator finds identity as Obama energy critic

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp fashioned herself as an independent-minded candidate as she won an upset victory in 2012. And she has carried that ethos into her second year in office, emerging as perhaps the White House’s most consistent Democratic critic on energy policy.