By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive.
Lawmakers from the two chambers remain far apart on some key issues and a veto threat hangs over negotiations
Last month, the U.S. Senate defied the beltway trope of legislative gridlock that has characterized the Obama era, passing a broad energy bill in an 82-12 vote.
Approval in the Senate on April 20 marked the first time the chamber has passed a bipartisan energy bill since 2007, and national media reacted with appropriate surprise.
"It doesn't happen every day, but it happened Wednesday," the Washington Post noted in an article titled "The Senate just passed — overwhelmingly — an actually bipartisan energy bill."