Editor Bill Murray sat down with Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairwoman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to discuss the bipartisan energy bill she helped craft. They discuss liquified natural gas (LNG) export permits, what it'll take in the conference committee to reconcile the Senate's version with the House's, and the 2016 presidential election.
Editor's note: The bill passed the Senate on Thursday by a vote of 90-8 and becomes the first (of 12) appropriations bill approved this year.
BILL MURRAY: It's an exciting time in part because, as many of us know covering Congress, things move slowly and then they move quickly, and we have an energy bill that's been in the works depending on how you look at it for many years. Pretty rare event actually to have a lot of bipartisan support. Could you give a five second, ten second premise of what's in it and why is it important at this time?
LISA MURKOWSKI: Better than five seconds. I can put it on a bumper sticker: energy is good! Energy is good. But really, what we sought to do with this bipartisan energy bill was to work to make energy and our access to energy more efficient, more affordable, lower prices for Americans, provide for greater access, to provide for greater securit--not only from a national security perspective, but also from an energy security perspective--and to update and modernize our energy policy, something we haven't done in about nine years now.