House Energy Continues to Work Through 'Cap and Trade' Bill
By David Fahrenthold
The House Energy and Commerce Committee reconvened earlier this evening for another long night of work, having spent the day debating changes to mammoth climate-change legislation -- and still not reaching the bill's halfway point.
By 6 p.m. on its third day of debate, the committee had voted on 17 amendments, approving a provision to have annual reporting on China and India's efforts to curb emissions, and setting a national goal for increasing energy efficiency by 2012.
The committee rejected several Republican amendments, including one intended to stop the government from imposing regulations on "portable electric spas, hot food cabinets and water dispensers."
Most importantly, the committee was still considering amendments to the second of four titles of the bill; the third, which sets up a complicated "cap and trade" system for reducing national emissions, might be the most complicated.
One committee staffer said that tonight's session might even go longer than last night's, which ended about midnight. Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has said he wants to pass the bill out of committee by Memorial Day.
May 20, 2009; 9:37 PM ET
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