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deadparrot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 02:21 AM
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Democrat accuses DeLay of adding fund to bill
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay quietly slipped into the energy bill a $1.5 billion fund for oil and natural gas drilling research that will benefit an energy consortium based in his home district, a California Democrat said on Wednesday.

The measure was criticized as a "giveaway to one of the most profitable industries in America," by Rep. Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), who demanded that the fund be dropped from the legislation before a House vote on the energy bill on Thursday.

The House is expected to approve the wide-ranging energy bill, which includes some $14.5 billion in tax breaks and incentives mostly for oil, natural gas, coal and electricity companies.

A vote in the Senate is tentatively set for Friday.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/energy_congress_delay_dc
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 04:49 AM
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1. Democrat accuses DeLay of adding fund to bill (Rep. Henry Waxman)
Democrat accuses DeLay of adding fund to bill
Wed Jul 27, 2005 8:48 PM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - House Majority Leader Tom DeLay quietly slipped into the energy bill a $1.5 billion fund for oil and natural gas drilling research that will benefit an energy consortium based in his home district, a California Democrat said on Wednesday.
The measure was criticized as a "giveaway to one of the most profitable industries in America," by Rep. Henry Waxman, who demanded that the fund be dropped from the legislation before a House vote on the energy bill on Thursday.

The House is expected to approve the wide-ranging energy bill, which includes some $14.5 billion in tax breaks and incentives mostly for oil, natural gas, coal and electricity companies.
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Waxman said the $1.5 billion fund for ultra-deepwater drilling was added to the final energy bill this week after House and Senate negotiators called a halt to any more amendments. The 30-page measure appeared in the text of the energy bill after Texas Rep. Joe Barton had officially ended the House and Senate conference committee to combine legislation passed by each chamber, he said.
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http://today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=pol...
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 04:50 AM
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2. Why isn't Tom Delay in jail?
This is truly a measure of how much work we have ahead of us.
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Wetzelbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 04:50 AM
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3. No shit
If we can't put this rat behind bars then we might as well pack it in.
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Mr. Peanut Donating Member (85 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-28-05 06:01 AM
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4. We Need A Revolution
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