Democratic News

Tuesday's energy conference will be on the Senate side, in 325 Russell Building, beginning at 4:00 p.m. (not at 3:00 p.m., as initially noticed). On the Senate side, proceedings can be viewed on Ch. 14; I'm not sure about the House channel. The conference will be webcast, on energy.senate.gov or energycommerce.house.gov. For broadcast folks, the room will be available for set-up beginning at 12 noon; please coordinate with Senate Radio & TV. Tomorrow, several topics may be considered, and, given that the meeting will not begin until late afternoon, there may be additional developments and agreements on topics that have been batted around in conference for a long while (e.g., research & development, alt fuels, etc.). We're pleased that staff level agreements have been reached on some of the remaining sections, and discussions continue on others. These discussions are ongoing, right up until tomorrow's meeting is gaveled open. Then, we'll find out together what's ready for action, and what isn't. The House ANWR proposal is the pending business. Looking ahead, other possible times for conference this week include Wednesday a.m. and Thursday late morning. We're in the final stretch, the goal is to finish this week.