Lobbyists ramp up pressure on energy bill

The November elections are creating a narrow window for Congress to get a comprehensive energy bill to President Obama‘s desk by the end of the year, say lobbyists who are stepping up a full-throttled campaign to do just that.

“Staff has been working all recess … [but] one of the challenges will be the time left in the congressional calendar,” said Greg Bertelsen, senior director for energy and resources policy with the National Association of Manufacturers.

“We have not had the president sign an energy bill since 2007. And it’s long overdue,” he said.

His group, which is the lead trade association for all manufacturing in the U.S., began fanning out during the summer congressional recess to meet with staff and lay the groundwork for a lobbying push when members return Sept. 6.

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