Bipartisan Group of Senators Hope for Energy Compromise

Centrist committee wants to put forward a bill that finds middle ground.

Two bipartisan groups in the House and Senate hope they can chart a way through the logjam on energy when lawmakers return in September. Members on both sides of the Hill have proposals that would include expanding offshore drilling. That's at the heart of Republican energy policy. Both proposals include Democratic supported provisions for energy conservation and funding renewable power.

A 10-member group of Senators led by Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., say they hope their legislation will serve as a launching point for the energy discussion in September. The U.S. Senate is expected to hold a summit on energy issues when it returns. Senate leaders have indicated that major new energy legislation should come through their offices, but in light of the standoff between the two side have said they were open to considering the package.

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