House Democrats filed a 1,201-page energy package late Monday night and said they are confident that they will resolve all outstanding issues in time for a vote Friday.There are some issues still under discussion, but we are confident we can resolve them by the time the bill goes to the floor on Friday, said Drew Hammill, spokesman for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).Hammill said Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) have all agreed on this approach for moving this historic climate change and clean energy jobs bill.Peterson had been negotiating for protections for the ethanol industry and agricultural interests under the cap-and-trade scheme, warning that he had the votes to kill the bill if farmers and rural areas werent protected.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.