March 10, 2014
MAYBE THEY COULD RE-VOTE ON THE KYOTO TREATY:
Democrats' climate-change filibuster is nothing but a lot of hot air (Dana Milbank, March 10, 2014, Washington Post)
A group calling itself the Senate Climate Action Task Force announced that at least 28 Democratic senators would be "holding the Senate floor" overnight Monday to demand legislation on climate change."We're not going to rest until Congress wakes up and acts on the most pressing issue of our time," declared Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), the organizer of the sleepless senators. [...]If Reid -- who kicked off the all-nighter at 6:27 p.m. with a speech quoting the Dalai Lama -- really wants "action," he doesn't have to lose sleep. All he has to do is bring a climate-change bill to the floor.The problem? Such legislation doesn't have majority support in the Senate. When Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced an amendment to a budget resolution last year calling for a "fee on carbon pollution," 13 Democrats joined all 45 Republicans in defeating it.
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 10, 2014 8:26 PM