U.S. budget negotiators are near a deal in which Democrats would accept fresh revenue from user fees and Republicans would agree to more federal spending, steps that could avoid another government shutdown next year.
House Republicans said President Barack Obama is taking too long to decide on the Keystone XL pipeline as they defended a bill that again seeks to force a decision on one of the nation’s most-political energy debates.
Congressional Republicans say they may try again to tie the Keystone XL pipeline to an extension of the U.S. payroll-tax cut, as they prolong a debate with the Obama administration over jobs and the environment.
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said the Keystone XL oil pipeline may be part of budget negotiations as his Republican colleagues criticized President Barack Obama for saying the project wouldn’t create many jobs.
Corn ethanol producers say a pledge by U.S. regulators to lower the level of renewable fuel use required next year may deflate a well-funded oil industry effort aimed at persuading Congress to repeal the mandate.
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline used to have a simple argument: the project would endanger Nebraska’s delicate Sand Hills region, a vast network of dunes and wetlands that have been designated a National Natural Landmark.
A House committee voted in favor of a Republican-backed bill requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to approve TransCanada Corp.’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, stripping power from President Barack Obama.