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Dems Move Cap & Trade Without GOP

From a delighted Associated Press:

Senate Democrats advance climate bill without GOP

By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer Thu Nov 5

WASHINGTON – Senate Democrats sidestepped a Republican boycott Thursday, pushing a climate bill out of committee in an early step on a long and contentious road to passage.

Other committees still must weigh-in on the measure, but the partisan antics early on threatened to cast a pall over the bill — one of President Barack Obama’s top priorities — as it makes its way to the Senate floor and as nations prepare to meet in Copenhagen, Denmark next month to hammer out a new international treaty to slow climate change.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, had delayed the crucial vote for days because of a Republican protest over whether the cost of the legislation had been fully examined. But the California Democrat moved quickly to pass the bill Thursday, which for the first time would set mandatory limits on heat-trapping gases, without any of the seven GOP senators on the panel present. The measure cleared the panel on a 11-1 vote.

Boxer said the Republican demand for more analysis was "duplicative and waste of taxpayer dollars." …

Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the committee, implored the panel to not proceed with what he called a "nuclear option" minutes before the vote. He left shortly after making his statement.

"We have not been able to find a time when a bill has been marked up without minority participation," Inhofe said

Of the 11 Democrats present at the vote, only one — Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont. — voted against the legislation, saying that concerns he had with the bill were not fully addressed…

Oh, those “partisan antics.”

Speaking of which, have you noticed how it’s as if the elections way back on Tuesday never happened.

Our so-called watchdog media and our so-called representatives have already gone right back to business as usual.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Dems Move Cap & Trade Without GOP”

  1. catie says:

    Really though, why should we be shocked??

  2. Chuckk says:

    What does “Cap and Trade” mean? Most people hear the term and thinks it has something to do with clothing exchange. Conservatives must get control of the language and quite referring to “Cap and Trade” when what is really being talked about is a giant tax increase on all Americans.

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