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Gang of 20 Update

R.I.P.?

A bipartisan group of senators who sought a compromise in the rancorous energy debate won’t introduce their bill before lawmakers adjourn for the elections, several Senate aides said Thursday.
Instead, the so-called Gang of 20 will offer a statement of principals outlining their agreement on a host of divisive issues, including expanded offshore drilling. They plan to offer legislation once the political season has ended, according to an aide to a Democrat involved in the discussions. The aide said that the election-year environment has poisoned the atmosphere and hampered the chances of passing a bill on such a controversial campaign topic.
“They have got a real bipartisan comprehensive plan here so they don’t want to just throw it out there and have it torn apart because of partisan sniping,” the Democratic aide said. “They feel they have a real chance at getting this bill passed after they get past the election.”

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