Bloomberg BNA – Senate energy efficiency legislation likely to be reintroduced the week of Feb. 24 will include a measure that would block a requirement that federal buildings phase out fossil fuel use, among other Republican-backed amendments, according to industry groups and others monitoring the bill.
The Senate plans to vote today on legislation to lift the U.S. debt limit without conditions and send the measure to President Barack Obama, marking a win for Democrats who refused to consider Republican conditions.
Republican Senator Rob Portman doesn’t have a committee chairmanship or a leadership post. One asset he wields in the politically divided capital is a direct line to a prominent Democrat: Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew.
Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend, that he expects the U.S. Congress will pass legislation next year strengthening President Barack Obama’s hand in winning approval of trade deals.