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Senate Democrats ready to pass climate bill Thursday despite GOP boycott, sources say

By Juliet Eilperin
Senate Democrats are likely to pass their climate bill out of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee without amendments Thursday, several sources familiar with the plan said Wednesday night.

Facing an ongoing Republican boycott of the committee's markup of the bill, the panel's chairman, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), is considering reporting out the measure with a simple majority, the sources said. That move would not require the presence of two minority members, which is traditionally required for a markup.

Republican senators have defended the boycott, saying that they should not act on the bill -- sponsored by Boxer and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) -- until they get a more extensive analysis of it from the Environmental Protection Agency.

David McIntosh, associate administrator for EPA's office of congressional and intergovernmental relations, testified before the panel Tuesday that such a study would cost $135,000 and would take 1,600 man-hours to complete. He added that such an analysis would not yield significantly different results from the one the agency has already done on the Senate bill.

An aide to Boxer declined to comment on the matter Wednesday night. The committee is convening at 9 a.m. Thursday.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  November 4, 2009; 11:15 PM ET
Categories:  Senate  
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YEA HA, it passed before I was on my death bed and let me add, we unemployed are good people. At least we are not eating horses, not that we ever would, thank God.
I'm Country Carl the Artist and Advocate for additional unemployment benefits on Unemployment-Gone-Mad dot com. Across this great country the pawn shops were the only ones mining gold. As we waited for an unemployment extension, thousands more became dumpster divers, tent pitchers and street corner beggars. Even pets were becoming a burden for tearful owners and freaking out when they become abandon. So my hat is off to those of you who finally saw the light, because these New Depression Blues times can drag a good man to the bottle. Bless you Senators my beer summit is to you super dudes. A big YEA HA from Country Carl. So google me up and cheer along, you did it.

Posted by: NewDepressionBlues | November 5, 2009 6:58 AM | Report abuse

We've all had the chance to observe a kid who doesn't get his or her way and then decides to stand in the corner, cross their arms, stick out their bottom lip and let out a mild, "oomp". Well as it turns out such emotional immaturity is not just reserved for the 5 year old who didn't get a piece of gum, it is also reserved for the 2009 republican party. What a joke.

Posted by: zackool | November 5, 2009 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Probably the biggest job killing bill in history. Amazing.

Posted by: birvin9999 | November 5, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

There goes our light bills! These people are crazy in Washington!!!!

Posted by: pegaleen78 | November 5, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Just what we need...higher energy costs and fewer jobs in an already bad economy.

Just wait until a year from now...midterm elections, payback will be a beeyotch for anyone who supports this job killing, economic disaster of a bill.

Posted by: NObama | November 5, 2009 11:45 AM | Report abuse

I have to salute any congressman for exhibiting statesmanship in supporting all efforts to halt and reverse climate change. This is about what future America chooses, not party gamesmanship.

While it may be difficult to absorb in the context of short term economic pain, this is the single most important issue of the presnt and next generation. Without action now, the prospects for future prosperity for Americans is dim, and the hardships of disasters and lowered productivity of the land will multiply. Delayed action has real costs too..and they'll be higher and harder to bear for the public. International sqabbling over resources will continue and increase.

Go congress! We need a green economy and new green jobs that will carry on into the future. I am not rich. I'm at risk of job loss too, yet I will gladly pay a bit more for a future focused forward on problem solving, knowing future costs will be lower and people will suffer less!

I believe predicted job losses and fearsome utility bill increases are largely unsubstantiated fear mongering, and do not consider the moderating effects of lower consumption and new healthy blue collar "green" jobs created as innovative Americans respond to meet our energy conservation and generation needs with low or no greenhouse gas emission. I want American technology to profit and lead the way to a sustainable healthy future, not other countries that are laughing at us (all the way to the bank) now.

I WANT my community to shift away from low wage jobs that currently harm the atmosphere and water quality while depriving us of other landscape resources...and also endanger worker health.

Posted by: Farsighted | November 5, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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