Green Filibuster Phobia: Senate may let House take lead on climate to avoid debate

April 2, 2009

Carbon Control News reports that Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said yesterday that,

“We may just have a situation where the bill comes over from the House and goes directly onto the calendar and shows up in a conference, simply because they are combining their global warming bill, at this point as far as we know, with the energy package. So when we go back to do energy, we could have a debate on the global warming bill when we come back from conference or during the energy debate.”

Now that the Senate has voted to allow a filibuster of any climate bill, Sen Boxer’s strategy would avoid, “a contentious Senate debate over climate provisions given limited political support in the upper chamber,” accord to Carbon Control News.

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