Senate Vote on Murkowski Resolution Expected by June 10

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has reached an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for a vote on her resolution that essentially vetoes the Environmental Protection Agency’s scheme to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

Debate and a vote is expected by June 10, after the Senate returns from its Memorial Day recess. AFBF strongly backs the Murkowski resolution and urges state Farm Bureaus to contact their senators during the recess and ask them to vote for the resolution.

In the meantime, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is saying he expects the Senate to pass the Murkowski resolution. “I think it will pass. There are a lot of people who will be in the camp of, ‘We should do it, not the EPA,’” said Graham, who is a co-sponsor of the resolution.

The resolution needs 51 votes to pass. Even if the measure passes the Senate, it faces a tougher climb in the House, and President Barack Obama is expected to veto the measure if it manages to clear both chambers.


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