Mexico Senate passes energy bill; leftists seek to derail

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Senators of the ruling PRI applaud after Mexico's Senate signed off on an energy bill at the Senate building in Mexico CityBy Miguel Gutierrez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico's Senate on Wednesday approved an energy reform to permit the biggest oil industry opening in 75 years, sending it to the lower house where leftists padlocked doors to the chamber to stop lawmakers from debating the bill. The reform in the world's No. 10 oil producer, backed by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, and the opposition conservative National Action Party (PAN), was sent to the lower house for debate and final approval. The stalling tactics by leftists are unlikely to do more than cause a slight delay in approving the bill, which passed the Senate with more than two thirds of the lawmakers' votes.