In an intensely partisan political climate, can bipartisan energy-efficiency legislation make it past hurdles on Capitol Hill?
After months of speculation, Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, last week introduced a revised version of an energy-efficiency bill that was brought to the Senate floor in September. Backers of the bill say it has enough support to clear the 60-vote hurdle needed to end debate and see a vote in the Senate. But a path forward on energy savings is still far from clear and Senate leadership has not set a date for the bill to come to the floor.
Meanwhile, the House is set to vote this week on a different legislative package aimed at bolstering energy savings. The bill is sponsored by Reps. David McKinley, R-W.Va., and Peter Welch, D-Vt., and nicknamed "Tenant Star." It will be considered under a suspension of the rules and is expected to pass.