WASHINGTON (Dec. 7, 2007) — An omnibus energy bill that passed the House of Representatives yesterday failed to pass the Senate today.
The legislation came seven votes shy of the 60 needed to invoke cloture and proceed to a vote. Senate Republicans were unhappy about the House bill´s repeal of tax breaks to the domestic oil industry, its insistence on increasing renewable energy sources for electrical generation and its refusal to expand domestic oil drilling.
The House bill contained a provision, touted by the Rubber Manufacturers Association, to create a national consumer education program on tire fuel efficiency, designed to head off more drastic state measures such as that passed a few years ago in California.
Currently congressional leaders are debating which provisions to pare from the bill, but the tire fuel efficiency measure appears to be safe, an RMA spokesman said.
The "Washington Post" said a Senate vote on a revised energy bill could come as early as Dec. 11.