Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, have introduced an altered version of their energy-efficiency bill that could come up on the Senate floor Thursday. The biggest change is that the new bill drops a proposed grant program to help states implement energy programs due to "late concerns raised." "We are hopeful that we can find a consensus approach that allows for the financing program to be reinstated during floor consideration," an e-mail from aides said.

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