Senators Gearing Up for Cap and Trade Debate

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Posted: Sep 21, 2009 12:56 PM
According to the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Democrat Senators will drop a bill draft of their proposed climate change legislation next week.  Senator Barbara Boxer is expected to being hearings on the cap-and-trade bill during the week of Oct. 5, followed by a mark-up during the week of October 12.  Obviously the timing depends on the success or failure of proposed health care bills.

As we all know, cap-and-tax means fewer jobs, higher prices, lower wages, etc.  In order to get this plan passed, Boxer is going to need to court a few climate change Republicans to her side of the issue.  Beware of the climate change Republicans... [# More #]
While Senate Democrats have largely kept their focus on winning over their own, [Sen. John] Kerry has also taken the lead in direct talks with Republicans...

As they prepare for their bill introduction, Boxer and Kerry are most likely looking for help from Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who currently is in the thick of the health care debate.  Down the line, the Democrats are also hopeful they can satisfy other longtime climate advocates, including Sens. John McCain of Arizon, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Richard Lugar of Indiana. 

"We think we can get Republican support for this bill," [Sen. Ben] Cardin added.  "Not just one senator, but several."
I'll try and keep you posted as this monstrosity draws closer...