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They just aren't making lawmakers—or people—like John Dingell anymore.
The five-month extension could endanger a separate Democratic bill.
Senate Democrats are pushing a plan that House Republicans rejected months ago.
The speaker will step aside someday, and those who could replace him are already skirmishing.
But not enough to stop it; domestic budget constraints still trump overseas concerns.
Both congressmen are asking for an apology after an explosive disagreement at a Wednesday morning hearing. But it may be too late to apologize.
The bipartisan package would set new conservation standards and create incentives for reducing consumption.