Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Senior Senator Energized by Nuclear Power Policy.(Final)

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Washington Bureau

It was near the end of a grueling work week on Capitol Hill, and Sen. Pete Domenici seemed tired, maybe even a little grouchy.

The New Mexico Republican was plowing through floor votes and meetings late Thursday afternoon, and now he was scheduled for an interview with yet another reporter.

Domenici motioned for me to sit down in his roomy office in the Hart Building, but he seemed a bit more tense than usual. I thought, "This is going to be like pulling teeth."

But then we started talking about the major energy policy reform bill that he, as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, had just pushed through the panel with breathtaking speed. …

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