GOP Congress: 5 energy priorities

Republicans captured control of Congress in the 2014 midterms elections. But what does it mean for US energy policy? Here are five GOP energy priorities.

5. Energy efficiency, inefficient Congress

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) of New Hampshire hugs a volunteer holding a sign as she heads in to vote at the Town Hall in Madbury, NH. Senator Shaheen narrowly won her midterm reelection race, and said she planned to again push for bipartisan energy efficiency legislation in the Senate.

Earlier this year, partisan bickering torpedoed an energy efficiency bill introduced by Sen. Rob Portman (R) of Ohio and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) of New Hampshire.

Shaheen-Portman could resurface in the new, GOP-led Senate. After Senator Shaheen narrowly beat former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown (R) in a race for her New Hampshire seat, Shaheen said she hoped to resurrect the legislation in the GOP Senate.

The bill had fairly broad bipartisan support, and its chances of passing would be high. If Republicans are looking to show they can pass legislation that Obama will sign, Shaheen-Portman would be an easy place to start.

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