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Divided Congress May Actually Lift Energy Bills, Lawmakers Say

Jan. 14, 2019, 11:27 AM

You might think a Democratic-controlled House and GOP-controlled Senate means inaction on climate and energy legislation.

Not so, says Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a freshman senator—and energy adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign—who landed a prized energy committee spot. Cramer is betting he and other fossil-fuel backers can capitalize on enthusiasm that House Democrats have for clean energy and climate bills.

“I think divided government presents the perfect opportunity for all of us to accept the reality that if we want something, we have to give something,” Cramer, a three-term House member who toppled Sen. Heidi Heitkamp...

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