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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 SchumerOn The Money: How demand is outstripping supply and hampering recovery | Montana pulls back jobless benefits | Yellen says higher rates may be necessary Senate Democrats announce B clean bus plan NYC 24-hour subway service resumes May 17 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 MurkowskiTrump muddles Republican messaging on Afghanistan Trump drama divides GOP, muddling message Moderate Republicans leery of Biden's renewed call for unity MORE (R-Alaska) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBusiness groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans Democrats fret over Biden spending Schumer works to balance a divided caucus's demands 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 CarperBottom line Overnight Energy: EPA takes major step to battle climate change Carper asks EPA to require half of new cars to be zero-emissions by 2030 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 BarrassoRepublican seeks to use Obama energy policies to criticize Biden  EPA proposes major rule to reduce certain greenhouse gases Republicans hammer Biden on infrastructure while administration defends plan 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.