Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) made it official Wednesday: The Senate will consider a climate change and energy bill before an immigration bill.
“I am going to move forward on energy first,” Reid said. However, the Senate’s top Democrat said he is committed to passing immigration reform this year.
Meanwhile, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) have sent a draft of their new climate change bill to the Environmental Protection Agency for an economic analysis, a sign that the senators are continuing to prepare for possible floor debate even though the bill has stalled on Capitol Hill and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a key supporter of the legislation has withdrawn his support . The EPA analysis is expected to take roughly five weeks and will yield forecasts of effects such as predicted household costs.