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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., return to Ryan's office after passing the omnibus bill, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015.  The House easily passed a $1.14 trillion spending bill to fund the government through next September, capping a peaceful end to a yearlong struggle over the budget, taxes, and Republican demands of President Barack Obama.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Congress OKs year-end budget deal that would end crude export ban

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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.
Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips, addresses the audience during the Geopolitics of Natural Gas at Rice University, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Houston. (Marie D. De Jesús/Houston Chronicle)

Big Oil among biggest winners from budget deal

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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.
Abdalla Salem el-Badri Secretary General of the Ordinary meeting of the Conference of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC attends their 168th conference at the OPEC headquarters in Vienna, on December 4, 2015. OPEC oil ministers hold their biannual policy-setting meeting amid a supply glut and slumping crude prices, as member Iran readies to rejoin the global oil market. 
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OPEC sees zero impact on oil market from U.S. lifting export ban

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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.
An oil tanker navigates the Houston Ship Channel in Houston, Texas. (Carter Smith/ Bloomberg News file photo)

Oil export ban in play in final-stage talks on budget deal

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Lifting the ban is a top ask for GOP negotiators working on the sprawling legislation.
In this April 24, 2015 photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

House backs sweeping energy bill to boost oil, natural gas

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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.
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Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

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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.
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless Web Site and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe yet can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s no more likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. Or their specious, long-ago claim that the program included death panels. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

House panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill.
(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

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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.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

House votes to block Obama’s climate plan amid veto threat

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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.
An oil tanker, right, cruises past a new liquefied natural gas tanker at the Cheniere terminal in Cameron Parish, La. (Michael Stravato/The New York Times)

Key House Republican backs oil export debate

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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.