Congress Passes Wrong Pipeline Bill

House sends along wrong version, Senate passes without noticing
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2011 9:15 AM CST
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) holds a press briefing outside of his offices at the US Capitol December 12, 2011 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – It was a rare moment of bicameral, bipartisan compromise—and also a complete screw-up. The House and Senate hurriedly passed a pipeline safety bill on Tuesday, but not the one they thought they were passing, Politico reports. Thanks to a "clerical error," the House wound up passing an earlier version of the legislation, rather than the final compromise.

The mix-up shouldn't be a big deal. "We expect the correcting resolution to be approved in the House and Senate without issue," said the lead author on the Senate side, adding that it was the Senate that eventually noticed the mistake. Indeed, the House has already agreed by unanimous consent to correct the oversight, and the Senate is expected to do likewise before long. (Read more Congress stories.)

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