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Murray said she voted for the Senate bill previously, despite reservations, because it provided incentives to significantly increase production of alternative fuels and sought to reduce reliance on oil imports.

"Those few forward-looking provisions have been dropped from this final bill, leaving me with little choice, but to vote no for our failure to truly provide some new direction to our nation's energy policy," Murray said in a statement. - (Full Article)

- The Olympian - July 30, 2005