Thursday, June 10, 2010

Senate Vote on EPA Carbon Rules Splits Democrats (Update1) - BusinessWeek
“We need to pass a cap-and-trade bill,” Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, said after the vote on Murkowski’s measure. “I think it can certainly get passed next year; it can’t this year.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters after the vote he’ll wait for a meeting with Democrats next week before deciding what should be in next month’s energy legislation, although it won’t be branded as “cap-and-trade.”

“We don’t use the word cap-and-trade; that’s something that’s been deleted from my dictionary,” Reid said. “Carbon pricing is something we’re talking about.”
Reid claims ‘resolve’ among Dems on energy but acknowledges differing views - The Hill's E2-Wire
But lawmakers said after the meeting no clear decisions were made on the scope of Senate plans, and Reid – who hopes to bring legislation to the floor this summer – acknowledged the diversity of views.
Rockefeller – who has long worried about how emissions limits would affect his home-state coal industry – said some lawmakers expressed concern about the viability of the Kerry-Lieberman plan.

“I think there is a dominant concern ... that what’s the point of doing anything without 60 votes,” he told reporters. “And I think that there’s some feeling that you don’t spend time on the floor trying to figure out if you have got 60 votes. You have to understand before you go to the floor that you have got 60 votes.”

Asked if he thought Kerry’s plan could get 60 votes, Rockefeller replied: “I don’t think so. But I think John [Kerry] does.”

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