Lawmakers who want to ditch the 40-year-old U.S. ban on exporting oil will likely enjoy a victory on Thursday in the Senate banking committee - but they are struggling to garner enough Democratic support to pass the bill in the full chamber...

...Opponents to lifting the ban say it could hurt employment in oil refining and shipbuilding and damage the environment.

Senator Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey who has opposed a full repeal of oil exports, is expected to introduce an amendment on Thursday that would delay the effective date of the the oil export ban repeal until after the Government Accountability Office conducts a study on potential job looses caused by the action.

"His amendment is designed to spell out the impact before the harm is done," a Menendez staffer said. 

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