Omnibus energy bill signed by president



One-and-a-half years after the Persian Gulf War reminded Americans of their dependence on foreign oil, Congress and President Bush approved a broad-ranging energy bill (HR776) to reduce that dependence. The bill, passed by Congress on October 8, was signed into law on October 24.

Incorporating provisions under the jurisdiction of many congressional committees, the energy bill faced a long and contentious battle to win approval. The House-Senate conference lasted 11 hours, and in the last days, several provisions were dropped, including tax incentives for renewable energy development, and bans on some coastline oil and gas drilling.