• Democrats on Senate Environmental Committee Clear Climate Bill; Prospects in Full Senate Cloudy
  • November 24, 2009 | Authors: David B. Finnegan; Roger W. Patrick
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown LLP - Washington Office
  • On November 5, 2009, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee adopted S. 1733 (known as the “Kerry-Boxer bill” and as the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act”), a 959-page climate bill offered by the Committee’s Chair, Senator Barbara Boxer. Democrats on the EPW Committee had filed 80 amendments, but did not offer them because the Republican members refused to provide a quorum for their consideration unless the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first prepared a new, comprehensive economic analysis of the bill. Nor did the Republicans participate in the Committee vote. The final tally was 11-1, with the “no” coming from a key Democrat, Senator Max Baucus, who also is Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Although the bill may provide a starting point, it currently does not appear to enjoy widespread Senate support, even among Democrats.