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Graham Skips Out On Senate Carbon Tax

From a heart broken New York Times:

Graham Pulls Support for Major Senate Climate Bill

By JOHN M. BRODER

April 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — In a move that may derail a comprehensive climate change and energy bill in the Senate, one of the measure’s central architects, Senator Lindsey Graham, has issued an angry protest over what he says are Democratic plans to give priority to a debate over immigration policy.

Mr. Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said in a sharply worded letter on Saturday that he would no longer participate in negotiations on the energy bill, throwing its already cloudy prospects deeper into doubt. He had been working for months with Senators John Kerry, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, on the a legislation, which they were scheduled to announce with considerable fanfare on Monday morning. That announcement has been indefinitely postponed.

In his letter to his two colleagues, Mr. Graham said that he was troubled by reports that the Senate Democratic leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, and the White House were planning to take up an immigration measure before the energy bill. Mr. Graham has worked with Democrats in the past on immigration matters and was expected to be an important bridge to Republicans on that issue, as well as on energy.

Mr. Graham said that any Senate debate on the highly charged subject of illegal immigration would make it impossible to deal with the difficult issues involved in national energy and global warming policy.

He said in his letter that energy must come first and that Democrats appeared to be rushing to take up immigration because of rising anti-immigrant sentiment, including a harsh new measure signed into law in Arizona on Friday.

“Moving forward on immigration — in this hurried, panicked manner — is nothing more than a cynical political ploy,” Mr. Graham said. “I know from my own personal experience the tremendous amounts of time, energy and effort that must be devoted to this issue to make even limited progress.”

Speaking of “cynical political ploys,” might not Mr. Graham just be trying to protect his great pal, John McCain, who will surely lose votes if more Arizonians are reminded of his previous championing of amnesty?

Hours after Mr. Graham released his letter, Mr. Kerry said in a statement that Mr. Graham’s actions had scuttled plans for an elaborate announcement of the proposal, whose passage is a major priority for the Obama administration.

“We all believe that this year is our best and perhaps last chance for Congress to pass a comprehensive approach,” Mr. Kerry said. “We believe that we had reached such an agreement and were excited to announce it on Monday, but regrettably external issues have arisen that force us to postpone only temporarily.” …

But don’t worry. Mr. Kerry has a fallback position on how to scuttle the economy. He is now pushing for a huge increase in the gasoline tax.

You can’t keep a good man down.

Carol M. Browner, the White House coordinator for energy and climate policy, said that the administration would work to secure bipartisan agreement on both energy and immigration measures this year…

Yes, just like the Obama administration has worked “to secure bipartisan agreement” on all of their previous legislation.

Mr. Reid has spoken of the importance of dealing with immigration but has not definitively said that it would take precedence over energy and climate legislation. But he has said that the current system is broken and must be reformed…

And it certainly must be “reformed” in time for Mr. Reid’s November election.

Mr. Reid said that Mr. Graham was under “tremendous pressure” from fellow Republicans not to cooperate with Democrats on either energy or immigration. In a swipe, he added, “But I will not allow him to play one issue off of another, and neither will the American people. They expect us to do both, and they will not accept the notion that trying to act on one is an excuse for not acting on the other.”

Mr. Reid will no accept half a loaf when it comes to destroying our country.

He wants to make damn sure the US will never be able to recover from his historic deeds.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Sunday, April 25th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Graham Skips Out On Senate Carbon Tax”

  1. proreason

    If Mr. Graham had discovered that John McCain enjoys being his father when dear Lindsey was 5 or 6, then perhaps Mr. Graham would have a family of his own now.

  2. TwilightZoned

    “Moving forward on immigration — in this hurried, panicked manner — is nothing more than a cynical political ploy,” Mr. Graham said. “I know from my own personal experience the tremendous amounts of time, energy and effort that must be devoted to this issue to make even limited progress.”

    Graham must say this before he votes “yes” to whatever the dems put forth on both issues. Kinda like the Sotomayor vote. Just one more progressive who needs the boot.

  3. Enthalpy

    Reid is like the totalitarian sobs of the EU. They vote and vote until they get the desired outcome. How many times do the American people have to tell these fascists that we don’t want amnesty?

  4. BigOil

    Cheer up Grahmnesty, the EPA will save you from the inconvenience of having to ram this POS legislation through. Why legislate when you can simply impose by fiat?


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