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AMERICAN ENERGY ALLIANCE GEARS UP FOR RENEWED ENERGY TAX BATTLE AFTER CLOSE VOTE IN SENATE

 WASHINGTON, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- In a tie breaker vote cast by Vice President Albert Gore, the president's deficit reduction package squeaked through the Senate early this morning. The less than stunning victory, coupled with the significant differences between the House and Senate bills, ensures that President Clinton will have to lobby the conference committee hard for a final compromise that will meet the approval of both houses of Congress.
 A key issue to be resolved is the president's proposed broad-based energy tax, which was passed by the House but excluded from the Senate version. U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Dr. Richard Lesher said: "The Btu tax was dormant, not dead, and could quickly awaken in conference. The Senate's weak showing will only embolden the House to push heavily to preserve the Btu tax in conference. What could emerge is a Btu tax of another name with the same devastating impacts that caused two-thirds of Americans to oppose a broad-based energy tax."
 Said American Energy Alliance Chairman Jerry Jasinowski: "The alliance stands firms in its complete opposition to the Btu tax or anything that resembles it. Our membership continues to grow, with 300 companies joining us in the past month alone to ensure defeat of the Btu tax once and for all. We will not sit idly by while the conference committee works behind closed doors to determine the fate of an ill- conceived, unjustifiable and onerous broad-based energy tax."
 President Clinton and representatives of his administration have said repeatedly that they favor a broad-based energy tax, also known as the Btu tax. The administration was forced to pull the Btu tax from the original Senate proposal in the face of overwhelming public opposition to the unfair, regressive and job-destroying effects of the tax.
 Jasinowski said: "The American Energy Alliance will wage a forceful campaign in the states to insure that House and Senate members fully realize that a Btu tax, or anything like it, makes no economic or business sense and will not be tolerated by the hundreds of thousands of individuals who will needlessly loss their jobs."
 The American Energy Alliance is a broad coalition of 2,200 firms, associations, farm organizations and consumer groups united in total opposition to the administration's proposed Btu-based energy tax.
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 /CONTACT: Monica Gliva for the American Energy Alliance, 202-637-3093/


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