Per Beltway Bandit, the Energy Bill passed the House on a 249-183 vote. A Democratic amendment to strip out the MTBE-manufacturer protections went down narrowly, 219-213.

The good news is, the MTBE stuff may well be the poison pill that keeps this grotesquerie from getting through the Senate, as with last time. The R’s seem to think they have a better shot this time around, but with their recent string of PR and other defeats, prospects don’t seem good. But I could be wrong.