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Partisan bickering Tuesday threatened to scuttle legislation meant to crack down on oil speculators and other measures designed to reduce oil prices.

The disagreement between Republicans and Democrats could result in Congress leaving for its month-long recess in August without passing any measures to lower gas prices, as motorists face prices of more than $4 a gallon.

The legislation, which was backed by the Democratic leadership, passed a key test vote Tuesday at 94-0, more than the 60 votes needed for debate on the bill to proceed. Read full article »

CNN's Ted Barrett, Debra Krajnak and Scott Anderson contributed to this report.

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