Senators Attempt to Bring Climate Change Legislation to Floor

A lot of work remains ahead for climate legislation.

About 25 Democratic Senators have begun the process of moving the climate change legislation approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week through the Senate chamber. The group, led by Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., is trying to come up with a strategy to bring the climate bill to the Senate floor. Moving a climate change bill is a priority for President Obama and Democratic leaders but is facing challenges because regulating carbon dioxide emissions could affect the entire U.S. economy and raise prices.

 

The group, which includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Majority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., has held meetings every Tuesday for a month to try and build an agreement around the House measure that caps carbon dioxide emissions and sets up a system for polluters to buy and sell emission permits.

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