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Reconciliation Watch: Cap-and-Trade Lives

The prospects for congressional approval of climate change legislation this year have dimmed but not disappeared. Yesterday the Senate voted against using the

Susan Murillo
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Apr 03, 2009

The prospects for congressional approval of climate change legislation this year have dimmed but not disappeared. Yesterday the Senate voted against using the filibuster-proof reconciliation process to consider climate change legislation by a 67-31 vote and the House-approved budget did not include cap-and-trade in its budget reconciliation provisions.

That makes it more likely that cap-and-trade legislation, now being drafted by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), will have to win 60 votes in the Senate to become law. With Democratic qualms mounting (see Aaron’s post yesterday on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s meeting with coal state senators) and potential Republican supporters hanging back, 60 votes seems to be a tall order.

But cap-and-trade advocates are not deterred, notes The Washington Post today, with this significant aside: “Administration officials support leaving the door open in the budget blueprint when it emerges from conference committee for a final vote this month.”

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