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Can these 3 senators save the climate bill?

WASHINGTON – A trio of senators with differing political views is working behind-the-scenes to rescue troubled climate legislation.

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., together with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., said Wednesday they would work in conjunction with the White House to patch together a bill that could pass the U.S. Senate.

The three senators met individually with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Carol Browner, the president's assistant for energy and climate change.

"Our effort is to try to reach out to broaden the base of support ...," Kerry said at an afternoon news conference. "The key here is to really negotiate once, in a sense."

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 5:38 PM on Nov. 4, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Graham, who has come under fire in his home state for his support of action on climate change, said working on legislation was a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to solve two problems: heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution and the country's dependence on foreign sources of fuel.

    "If environmental policy is not good business policy, you will not get 60 votes," Graham warned. "The green economy is coming. We can either follow or lead."

    The announcement came as a key Senate panel for a second straight day delayed voting on any changes to a climate and energy bill introduced in late September by Kerry and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., because no Republicans showed up.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 5:38 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I hope not.
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 6:27 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • I am with you Carpy. I certainly hope not.
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 6:32 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Republicans have CHOSEN to boycott the mark-up meetings. As Boxer suggested, the Dems don't NEED the Republicans input or vote to make it happen. To that I say... Go for it, Dems...go ahead and create a bill, vote for it, and then by all means be prepared to OWN it, especially when it all blows up in their face (taxpayer expense, feasibility, regulations, etc.)--because we ALL know how Dems never blame others when bills to go as planned! (sarcasm) LOL :o)
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 6:34 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Republicans have CHOSEN to boycott the mark-up meetings. As Boxer suggested, the Dems don't NEED the Republicans input or vote to make it happen. To that I say... Go for it, Dems...go ahead and create a bill, vote for it, and then by all means be prepared to OWN it


    This is exactly what we are talking about when we say ALL need to come to the table. What do you mean, WE DON:T NEED republicans? They are ALL supposed to be working for US and that means EVERYONE AT the table IN GOOD FAITH! Lindsey Grahm is working with them....Why would you NOT want that?


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 6:44 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Because, sweet, many conservatives don't want this bill. Plain and simple. Therefore our republican reps should not be working toward it.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 7:01 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • This is exactly what we are talking about when we say ALL need to come to the table. What do you mean, WE DON:T NEED republicans? They are ALL supposed to be working for US and that means EVERYONE AT the table IN GOOD FAITH! Lindsey Grahm is working with them....Why would you NOT want that?


    On the one hand you have the Dems literally locking Republicans out of meetings they SHOULD and WANT to attend, but then are "lambasted" for meetings they choose not to attend, because they are not interested in any version of a bill that they don't agree with (perhaps because they are actually listening to what their constituents want--or in this case, DON'T want!) and will only cost taxpayers billions of dollars, and STILL not do anything to correct the problem of something the planet has been doing naturally for BILLIONS of years!!!

    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:29 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Oh, and the only "good faith" part is the part where Dems can point the finger at the handful of Republicans when it all falls apart--"Look, these Republicans voted for it....it's all THEIR fault!"
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 7:30 PM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Oh, and the only "good faith" part is the part where Dems can point the finger at the handful of Republicans when it all falls apart--"Look, these Republicans voted for it....it's all THEIR fault!"

    No, thats what the pubs are doing. See we didn't have ANYTHING to do with it...We just did NOTHING
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:17 AM on Nov. 5, 2009

  • Screw the Climate Bill.
    mustbeGRACE

    Answer by mustbeGRACE at 12:13 PM on Nov. 5, 2009

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