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Energy Debate Focus of Senate

Energy will be a focus in the Senate this week, with both sides expected to make familiar arguments.

The Senate is expected to vote on the Democrats' bill that would eliminate $20 billion worth of tax breaks that the five big oil companies currently enjoy.

Sen. Carl Levin says Americans view the vote as a test of the willingness to make the changes needed to get the country's fiscal house in order.

Republicans say such a move would hurt not help and they're pushing bills approved by the GOP controlled House they say are designed to improve domestic energy production. None of the legislation is expected to get enough support to move ahead.

Democrats say the oil companies are doing fine without the tax breaks.

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