Conrad, Chambliss Reconvening Bipartisan Energy Group

Senators Kent Conrad (D-ND) and Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) “are reviving a bipartisan ‘gang’ of senators they formed in 2008 to craft sweeping energy legislation,” The Hill reports.

“We are reconvening the group of 10, Senator Chambliss and I, we are going to put together a plan to dramatically reduce our dependence on foreign energy, and so we are going back to work,” Conrad said Tuesday in the Capitol, adding that the group plans to meet this week.

The meeting is Wednesday afternoon, Senate aides said. The gang’s revival could mark a major political shift in what have been sharply partisan disputes over gasoline prices, climate change and other energy matters.

The original energy "Gang of 10" formed in the summer of 2008 and grew to 20 senators.

Conrad said “the 13 members of the gang that are still in the Senate are all invited to the meeting.”

These senators include: John Thune (R-S.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and others.


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