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When the energy bill hit the floor of the Senate, I echoed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid observation that it’s “just the first step.” And I also raised concerns that special interests could dirty up the bill and make it not even that.

Now, the bill has passed the Senate. The good news is the attempts to make it dirty were successfully stuffed.

No money for liquid coal. No phony clean electricity mandate that would include coal and nuclear.

And the bill was made a little stronger than initially proposed with two key amendments:

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