Boxer/Kerry Warming Bill Introduced Today

It does not have quite the ring to it that Waxman/Markey does, but you better get used to using the phrase Boxer/Kerry when referring to the Senate version of the global warming bill. Today Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and John Kerry (D-Mass.) will introduce the Senate’s version of climate change legislation that seeks to achieve a 20 percent reduction in levels of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020, compared to the 17 percent goal in the House bill.

Both the House and Senate bills feature a long-term target of an 83 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Unlike the House bill, the Boxer-Kerry bill does not contain provisions on distribution of emissions allowances among various industries and programs. Instead the bill has placeholder language that leaves those formulas up to future negotiations.

Boxer wants to have the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which she chairs, begin hearings on the 801-page bill on Oct. 20. Boxer’s committee is expected to easily pass the bill. However, the full Senate isn’t expected to consider the bill until next year. It is widely viewed on Capitol Hill that the bill still lacks the 60 votes needed to avert a filibuster threat on the Senate floor.


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