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Energy, Environmental Groups Get In SupComm Game

It seems that independent groups just can't help themselves when it comes to trying to get the Super Committee's attention.

This week's already seen Business Roundtable writing a letter to Super Committee members urging them to "go beyond" their mandate and Oxfam America pulling a political stunt outside the Capitol to protect foreign aid. And now, energy and environmental groups are getting in the game.

Our colleague Amy Harder reports for members:

Environmental and oil-industry lobbyists are urging the congressional super committee to ensure that their respective industries avoid the chopping block.

Not surprisingly, their wish lists ask for the exact opposite of each another.

The National Wildlife Federation released a 15-page report on Thursday that urges the committee to eliminate tax breaks for oil and gas companies, along with other subsidies for corn ethanol. Meanwhile, American Petroleum (Institute) President Jack Gerard sent a letter to the committee chairs, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, underscoring the importance of not eliminating his sector's tax breaks.

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