Thursday, 06 May 2010 12:01

Kerry-Lieberman Bill May Be Unveiled As Soon As Next Week

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img3The Chairwoman of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee Barbara Boxer has suggested the Kerry-Lieberman climate and energy bill may be released as soon as next week. "He said it's looking good, and he hopes to have a press conference next week," said Boxer (D-CA)  speaking to reporters about Sen. Kerry. Neither Senator would confirm the timing, however, and there are still doubts that a bill would be able to muster the votes needed to pass this session. According to Darren Samuelsohn and Josh Voorhees of Greenwire:  "The Kerry-Lieberman climate bill is expected to call by 2020 for a 17 percent cut in emissions below 2005 levels, with the emission limits applying to different sectors of the economy at different times. Trade-sensitive manufacturers, for example, would start in the climate program six years after power plants... The legislation is also expected to promote increased domestic production of nuclear power and offshore oil and gas, despite the outcry from environmentalists in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill." Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) has threatened to filibuster the legislation: "If offshore drilling off the coast of the continental United States is part of it, this legislation is not going anywhere." A lack of bipartisan support is reducing the chance of passing a bill, observed a top advisor to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. The National Journal also reported that Sen. Reid has indicated involvement by Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in obtaining support for the bill may not be absolutely essential. Kerry, Lieberman and Graham originally planned to release the bill April 26 but postponed after Graham complained that Democratic leaders had pushed the issue of immigration reform onto the Senate agenda despite his opposition to moving a bill this year.
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