Lame-Duck Congress Could Kill Energy Bill, Hybrid Tax Breaks

Fate of pro­posed cred­its is tied to a broad ener­gy bill unlike­ly to sur­vive Con­gress’ lame-duck ses­sion
Automak­ers say they can’t meet tougher fuel-econ­o­my man­dates unless con­sumers will pay for new tech­nolo­gies
Dur­ing con­gres­sion­al con­sid­er­a­tion, auto tax cred­its were pro­ject­ed to cost US Trea­sury about $2B over 5 years
Bud­get mat­ters will dom­i­nate rare lame-duck ses­sion of Con­gress