With most House members voting along party lines, the House last night passed H.R. 6899, the Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act, on a vote of 236-189. This is the Democratic leadership bill that would do little to promote domestic energy production and includes poison pills like more renewable energy mandates that increase the costs for consumers and higher taxes on energy producers.
The House voted 191-226 on the Republican motion to recommit with instructions, which would have led to a more production-oriented, substantive bill.
A long day, many political charges, some ridiculous bashing of oil companies, and in the end the bill that was passed will not become law but will provide sufficient cover — candidates hope — to get people through the November election. About what you’d expect.
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