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After it looked like competing special interest groups were going to scuttle the energy bill in the Senate a few days ago, the members of the "more deliberative" chamber reached a compromise late last night. The bill was passed by a vote of 65-27 after an earlier vote to cut of debate and stifle a threatened filibuster.

The US Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote on a bill to dramatically raise fuel efficiency standards on May 8, but before that the committee will hold one more hearing to listen to the carmakers' opinions on the matter. Committee chairman Sen. Dan Inouye will hold a hearing on May 3 at which representatives from the auto companies will voice their concerns with a bill that addresses the supply side by forcing car makers to build more efficient vehicles while doing nothing to address d