Senate Global Warming Bill Delayed

Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) say they need more time to craft Senate global warming legislation and will put off introduction of the bill until the end of September.

This will give more time for committees to mark up the legislation.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had set a Sept. 28 deadline for committee markup, but agreed to delay because the health care bill is first on the fall agenda. Reid said he “fully expects the Senate to have ample time to consider this comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation before the end of the year.”

The Senate version of the bill is expected to be quite different from the Markey/Waxman version passed by the House last month.


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