Senate energy committee prepares bill with big climate change fixes

MSNBC / Getty Lawmakers are finally putting the final touches on a sweeping package of measures to curb emissions and expand energy choices as part of a deal that would enshrine a Democratic commitment…

Senate energy committee prepares bill with big climate change fixes

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Lawmakers are finally putting the final touches on a sweeping package of measures to curb emissions and expand energy choices as part of a deal that would enshrine a Democratic commitment to combat climate change for decades to come.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said Saturday that negotiators are nearly done with the working group’s text. They are still hammering out technical details on tax credits for communities and companies investing in low-carbon energy, as well as on programs for expanding access to electric vehicles and home-ownership to working-class and low-income households.

But an Environment and Public Works committee aide told Axios Saturday the package, which Whitehouse chairs, likely would come to the committee floor for a vote next week. Whitehouse told Axios he expected the committee to consider the measure during a markup but was uncertain about when it would come to the Senate floor for a vote.

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