VP Cheney Unveils Fossil-Heavy Energy Bill

Bill provides subsidy to small oil producers and other fossil energy incentives.

Published: 06-Feb-2001

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vice President Dick Cheney will meet with the chairman of the Senate Energy Committee on Tuesday to decide when a much-anticipated bill to overhaul the nation's energy policies will be introduced, a panel spokeswoman said on Monday.

Sen. Frank Murkowski, the Alaska Republican heading the energy committee, had planned to introduce this week his broad legislation, which includes controversial language to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and natural gas drilling.

However, congressional sources said late Friday that lawmakers and White House officials were concerned the energy bill would divert attention from President George W. Bush's proposed $1.6 trillion tax cut, which he plans to send to Capitol Hill this week.

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