Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just in from Washington

Reid Hopes for Climate Bill Floor Vote by Summer

Washington--Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to bring a new climate and energy bill to a floor vote later this spring or summer.

“We’re going to really try very hard,” Reid said. Asked if the July 4th recess was his target for the floor debate, he said, “I don’t have a definite time. A lot is waiting until we get the bill. I’ve been pushing very hard to get the bill.”

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) are planning to release their bill next week to coincide with Earth Day on April 22. The bill is expected to place varied emission limits on different sectors of the economy and expand domestic oil, gas and nuclear power production.

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