Greenhouse Gas Bill Moves Forward, Slowly
By David Fahrenthold
The debate over a bill to cap U.S. greenhouse-gas emissions is finally moving in a House committee.
But it isn't moving fast.
Yesterday, the Energy and Commerce began what will likely be a weeklong markup of the "Waxman-Markey" bill. But they didn't actually mark anything up: the members gave opening statements for more than two hours, then adjourned.
This morning, the members debated and approved one Democratic amendment -- which would create an agency to provide loans and loan guarantees to clean-energy companies.
That took nearly two hours. Afterward, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said he worried about the committee's pace.
"We have over 400 amendments," said Baron, the committee's ranking Republican.
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