US Senate climate bill to debut next week as Republican co-sponsor drops out

May 11, 2010 |

In Washington, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has officially dropped out as a sponsor of the climate change bill, but Senators John Kerry of Massachusetts and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut said they would still introduce the bill next week in the Senate.

Kerry said that the BP oil spill would help drive votes for the package because of the urgency of addressing energy policy, while Graham said that provisions in the bill which opened up additional areas for oil drilling would find stronger opposition from Senate Democrats in the wake of the BP disaster.

Graham also cited what he termed as “cynical politics of comprehensive immigration reform” for crowding the legislative calendar, making a climate change bill impossible to pass in this session.

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