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Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions

Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerNRSC chair says he'll back GOP incumbents against Trump primary challengers Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader US Chamber of Commerce to Biden, Congress: Business community 'ready to help' MORE (D-N.Y.) said on the Senate Floor on Monday that a bipartisan energy bill will be included in an appropriations bill to fund the government.

"The appropriations bill will include several important pieces of related legislation. One that doesn't get enough attention is a bipartisan energy bill," Schumer said on the Senate floor, an apparent reference to a proposal from Sens. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiFor Biden, a Senate trial could aid bipartisanship around COVID relief Bipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief The Hill's Morning Report - Biden takes office, calls for end to 'uncivil war' MORE (R-Alaska) and Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBipartisan Senate gang to talk with Biden aide on coronavirus relief Democrats shoot down McConnell's filibuster gambit Democrats torn on impeachment trial timing MORE (D-W.Va.) that was stalled earlier this year. 

"Earlier this year during the debate over the energy bill, Senate Democrats insisted that a provision to reduce [hydrofluorocarbons] HFCs, a very harmful greenhouse gas that is driving our climate change problem, must be included in the bill," he added. "I'm very happy to report that we have made very good progress towards an agreement on HFC reduction. We are about to get it done, and that's one of the biggest victories to fight global warming in a very long time."

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The Washington Examiner first reported that bipartisan energy provisions would be included in the omnibus bill. 

According to The Examiner, the bill will also include provisions to bolster advanced nuclear power, energy storage and carbon capture technology. 

A proposed amendment by Sens. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperSenators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports MORE (D-Del.) and Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyFive centrist Democrats oppose Pelosi for Speaker in tight vote LIVE COVERAGE: House votes to name Speaker Government spending bill to include bipartisan energy provisions MORE (R-La.) that would aim to phase down the use of HFCs became a sticking point in the negotiations over the energy bill earlier this year. 

In September, the lawmakers, along with Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden's Interior Department temporarily blocks new drilling on public lands | Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone | Judge grants preliminary approval for 0M Flint water crisis settlement Group of GOP senators seeks to block Biden moves on Paris, Keystone GOP senators praise Biden's inauguration speech MORE (R-Wyo.), who opposed the HFC provision, reached a compromise that aimed to reduce the use of the gases over a 15-year period, but that would restrict states from imposing tighter regulations for at least five years.  

A Carper spokesperson confirmed to The Hill that they expect the HFC provision to be included in the omnibus legislation. 

The Murkowski-Manchin bill would boost research and development into renewable energy and technology to ease pollution from fossil fuels. It has been touted by supporters as the best chance to modernize the country’s energy policies.