The White House sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Monday that outlines a “basic framework” for an energy bill that would not trigger a presidential veto.
In a terse, one-page letter, the Bush administration listed eight items that a veto-proof bill would have to either include or not include:
“The administration submitted ‘Twenty in Ten’ legislation to Congress earlier this year. Passage of that legislation would result in a 20% decrease in gasoline consumption by 2017 and a significant reduction in projected greenhouse gas emissions. While we prefer that this legislation be passed by Congress, the administration is concurrently developing regulations to implement these goals,” wrote Allan B. Hubbard, assistant to the president for economic policy and director of the National Economic Council.
“The administration would like to work with Congress to resolve these concerns. Two years ago, the president signed into law energy legislation that was crafted in a bipartisan manner. We hope for the opportunity to work with you in a similar fashion to move American toward a stronger, cleaner energy future,” he told Pelosi.
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