Congress may pass bipartisan energy bill this year, key senator predicts

By Erin Kelly, USA Today.

BALTIMORE — Congress could send a sweeping energy bill to President Obama's desk with bipartisan support this year, the chairman of the Senate Republican Policy Committee predicted Thursday at a GOP congressional retreat.

Although few major bills are expected to clear the Senate in this election year, Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wy., said he believes the energy bill can pass the divided chamber with strong support from senators of both parties. The Senate has 54 Republicans, 44 Democrats and two independents.