Six Senators Join Bipartisan "Gang of Ten" Energy Group

Six new Senators, three from each party, have joined the bipartisan “Gang of Ten” energy group which supports a newly-crafted compromise energy proposal.  Members of the group hope to have votes on the legislation in September when the Senate returns for a brief session before a likely adjournment until January.

The Associated Press reports:

Six more senators on Tuesday joined a bipartisan group of 10 senators backing a bill they say will break the stalemate over offshore drilling in Congress.

Three Democrats and three Republicans joined the so-called Gang of 10, making it the Gang of 16. The group supports a bill that would lift a ban on oil and natural gas drilling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and off the southeastern U.S. coast, invest $20 billion in the development of petroleum-free motor vehicles and extend tax credits for renewable energy.

Those members who signed on to the compromise plan today include:  Senator’s Coleman (R-MN), Sununu (R-NH), Warner (R-VA), Johnson (D-SD), Carper (D-DE) and Salazar (D-CO).

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