Restructuring Bill Put on Hold Until 1999
House leaders last week decided to call it quits on getting an
electricity-restructuring legislation passed this session,
according to Capitol Hill sources.
The decision reportedly was made last Tuesday during a
conversation on the House floor between Rep. Thomas J. Bliley
(R-VA), chairman of the Commerce Committee; Rep. Dan Schaefer
(R-CO), chairman of the energy and power subcommittee; Rep. Rick
White (R-WA) and other committee members.
"Unfortunately, a number of factors, including the calendar and
a lack of support from the minority, have combined to make it
highly unlikely your [Schaefer's] subcommittee will be able to hold
a mark-up this year. Thus, I concur with your decision not to take
that step this year," Bliley said in a letter to Schaefer on
Schaefer, who will be retiring at the end of the year, still
has plans to hold hearings this session to address concerns of
subcommittee members. "He wants to put all the ducks in a row this
year so Congress can come out of the gate running next year" on
electricity restructuring, said Luke Rose, Schaefer's press aide.
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