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Well I officially have no idea what happened:

Senate Republicans move on energy bill

WASHINGTON – The Senate was on the verge Thursday of approving and sending back to the House the first increase in automobile fuel economy in three decades and huge gains in ethanol use as part of a compromise energy bill.

Democrats were forced to strip away a contentious $21.8 billion tax package including billions of dollars in tax increases on the biggest oil companies because of determined Republican opposition and a White House veto threat over the new taxes.

Democratic leaders fell one vote short, 59-40, in getting the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., was the only Democrat to break ranks.

 

Senate Republicans block energy bill

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans blocked a broad energy bill Thursday because it included billions of dollars in new taxes on the biggest oil companies.

Democratic leaders fell one vote short, 59-40, in getting the 60 votes needed to overcome a GOP filibuster. Democrats said they would strip the taxes from the legislation to move the bill forward.

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