WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the final days of the congressional session (all times EST):
Minority Leader Harry Reid is delivering his final Senate speech after three decades in the chamber.
The Nevada Democrat began by thanking his GOP counterpart, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, for a tribute. In classic fashion, Reid disputed accounts of their poor relationship, saying: “Go ahead and make up all the stories you want about we hate each other, go ahead, but we don’t.”
Reid talked about his tiny hometown of Searchlight, and about his proudest moment — saving up to buy his mother a new set of teeth.
Family members watched from the gallery, and fellow Democrats and a handful of Republicans looked on from the floor.
Launching into his legislative achievements, Reid said, “I know it’s long and somewhat tedious. I’ve been here a long time, so please be patient.”
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says efforts to approve the first major energy bill in nearly a decade have run out of time.
Spokeswoman AshLee Strong says in a statement that House and Senate conferees “were not able to come to agreement on various outstanding issues in time for the House to consider a conference report.”
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska disputed Strong’s statement, saying, “The reality is that the House is attempting to run us out of time in order to prevent this bill from moving forward.”
Murkowski chairs the Senate energy panel She’s urging lawmakers in both chambers to keep working on the bill, which would speed exports of liquefied natural gas, reform funding for fighting forest fires and promote land and water conservation, among other provisions.
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