Reid set to put off climate bill
By: Darren Samuelsohn and Coral Davenport
July 22, 2010 01:01 PM EDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appears set to punt on a controversial climate proposal while moving to the floor next week with a more limited bipartisan bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items, according to aides and senators.
The Nevada Democrat’s decision, expected to be made public Thursday after an afternoon luncheon with the entire 59-member Democratic caucus, comes in the face of a dwindling calendar ahead of the August recess and the recognition that he is not close to the 60 votes needed on any bill that caps greenhouse gas emissions.
“We don’t have the 60 votes,” said Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). “So Sen. Reid’s a pragmatist”.