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House Republicans push two energy bills through

House Republicans on Tuesday began reviving energy and environmental bills that the Senate is likely to reject.

The House voted 244-178 to approve a bill to free the makers of MTBE, a gasoline additive that has contaminated some groundwater and is thought to cause cancer, from lawsuits. The House also voted 229-168 to streamline the review process for alternative energy projects on federal lands.

Both measures face an uncertain future in the Senate. Another vote is scheduled on a bill to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, which has been rejected in the Senate.

The energy measure, H.R.4503, includes Indian energy provisions in Title V and Title XXVI that limit the involvement of the Interior Department in energy projects on tribal land. Similar language has languished in the Senate for more than two years.

Get the Story:
House Again Passes GOP Energy Measures (The Washington Post 6/16)
House to vote yes on ANWR (The Anchorage Daily News 6/16)

Get the Bills:
H.R.4503 | H.R.4513

Roll Call:
On H.R.4503 | on H.R.4513