Nation: Summertime Slowdown

Once again, Congress puts off any energy program

As Congress prepared to adjourn last week for a month's recess, all sense of urgency seemed to evaporate in the summer heat. Much to the disgust of the White House, the push to pass the President's energy bill ground to a halt.

The slowdown was started by Democratic Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, who wrote a letter to Budget Committee Chairman Edmund Muskie urging him to set up a task force to study both the economic and environmental impact of Carter's $141 billion energy program. It was...

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