Climate Bill May Not Hit Senate Floor Until July or Later

Climate change legislation is not expected to hit the Senate floor until July, it is possible the bill will be put off until the next Congress

“Most of the country doesn’t know what cap-and-trade is. They have no idea. I would say half the Senate has no idea what cap-and-trade is and could not explain it,” Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, told The Hill on Tuesday.

“You have to get this stuff out to the American people before you change their lives, and we are not paying any attention to that,” Rockefeller said.

Democratic centrists facing re-election, such as Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), are said to prefer consideration of the controversial climate bill shortly before Election Day 2010.

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