Here’s the latest from Bloomberg news:
Language requiring approval of the Keystone XL pipeline and barring the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating coal-ash waste were dropped from a transportation spending package being negotiated by U.S. lawmakers, Republican Senator James Inhofe said.
The deal eliminates two obstacles preventing agreement between the Republican-led House and the Senate controlled by Democrats on a compromise package paying for bridge and road construction and transit programs. Legislation may be filed tonight, Inhofe, chief Republican negotiator for the Senate on the package, said today in an interview.
“There are a few more things we need to do and then we’ll be ready very soon,” he said.
In opposing the Keystone and coal-ash provisions, Democrats were supported by environmental groups that said the proposals threatened environment and public-health protections.