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Obama will sign the measure, which includes many of the spending increases he fought for all year and is largely cleansed of GOP attempts to block his moves on the environment, financial regulation, and consumer protection.
Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., welcomed the tax side of the massive deal but is lowering expectations about GOP victories in the $1.1 trillion spending bill.
The U.S. Congress is nearing a deal on the biggest shift in the nation’s oil policy in more than a generation by allowing the world’s largest oil and gas producer to sell crude abroad.
Lifting the ban is a top ask for GOP negotiators working on the sprawling legislation.
The first major energy legislation in nearly a decade, the bill would also speed natural gas exports and hasten approval of natural gas pipelines across public lands.
The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock’s back as he tries to avoid the fate of other Democrats tossed on the slag heap in the nation’s coal belt.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill.
The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state’s governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.
It’s time for Congress to consider revising the decades-old ban on crude exports, said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.