Energy efficiency and hydropower legislation advanced Wednesday to the Senate floor from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, but not before conservatives registered their concern about new federal spending.
The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, was approved on a 19-3 voice vote, with Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Tim Scott, R-S.C. voting against.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.