(ROLL CALL) The bipartisan energy efficiency bill that the Senate has debated on-and-off since last year is once again on the verge of becoming the punchline of a bad joke.

Majority Leader Harry Reid compared Republicans to greased pigs as he tried to get support for the legislation, authored by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio.

“Oft times, working with my Senate Republican colleagues reminds me of chasing one of these little pigs in a greased pig contest. Regardless of all efforts, any time we get close to making progress, it stands as though we watch it slip out of our hands, and the Republicans scamper away,” the Nevada Democrat said.

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