Before too much time passes, I want to say again how much my Democratic committee colleagues valued working with you in 2005. We’re proud of what the Senate Energy Committee accomplished in the first session of the 109th. And we’re appreciative that our labor did not pass unnoticed by Congressional Quarterly, one of Washington’s most respected, non-partisan publications covering Congress in-depth. In its recent analysis of the most important Senate votes last year, THREE of the 16 “key votes” that CQ editors singled out were matters dealt with by our committee: Energy Policy Overhaul, Global Warming Policy and ANWR. (That would be 16 notable votes out of 366 roll calls in the Senate, with three of those 16 selections being Energy Committee issues.)
On a personal note, I hope that reporters will continue to find our e-mails helpful. Please call if you have a question about energy policy, public lands, implementation of the 2005 energy bill, remaining energy challenges, etc. If you know of someone you think should be added to this distribution, let me know. Or, if you want to be removed from this list, tell me. Thank you.
We look forward to doing business with you in 2006!
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Democratic Communications Director
Senate Energy & Natural Resources