Kerry: Graham Will Vote for Climate BillKerry: Graham Will Vote for Climate Bill | The Washington Independent
After Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) withdrew from the process of drafting comprehensive climate legislation last month — to protest Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) prioritization of immigration reform — observers were left wondering whether Graham would still be inclined to support the eventual bill, even if he wasn’t part of its unveiling. Prospects looked dim when Graham indicated to Talking Points Memo that he would filibuster the bill unless Reid abandoned immigration reform this Congress — something Reid has shown no sign of doing.
But Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who along with Graham and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) has taken the lead in drafting climate legislation, tells Roll Call that Graham will still vote for the bill.
“We’re not going to try. We’re going to do what we’re going to do,” Kerry said, adding that the bill would be introduced early next week.
Of Graham, Kerry said: “He’s going to vote for the bill” regardless of whether he’s at the unveiling.
What remains to be seen is whether and to what extent Reid will need to make legislative concessions to bring Graham back on board.