Okay, Jim Inhofe is my senator, as you know. He said over and over that health care was dead on arrival in the Senate…and of course, he was wrong. Today, the good Senator says the Senate has only 26 votes for cap-and-trade which Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is supporting.
In the video below, Stuart Varney says if all Dems vote for the coming legislation, plus Lindsey Grahamnesty, that is 60 votes – “are you telling me you can beat that?” Twice Inhofe says I know we can beat it. I’m taking it to the bank because Jim Inhofe is far more right than wrong.
Just a few days ago, a report came out from the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, saying that the will not be sent through the usual committee process. Instead Reid will personally work the legislation (probably behind closed doors).
In an effort to keep the
bill in Reid’s hands, the sponsors — Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.),
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) won’t officially
introduce the bill in the Senate when they unveil it to the public next
“If we introduce it, it’ll
get referred to committees,” Lieberman said. “We want him to be able to
work with it and bring it out onto the floor as a leader whenever he’s
Lieberman said the sponsors
plan to reference all of the bill (S. 1462) the Senate Energy and Natural
Resources Committee passed last summer and stressed they have been
talking at the staff level with the Finance Committee. Once they roll
out the bill, Lieberman said Reid wants all of the relevant Senate
committees with a role in the process to take a couple of weeks to
“We’ll unveil a full
legislative language bill for discussion, for people to respond to, to
see where we are,” Kerry said. “It’ll be up to the majority leader at
that point where he wants to proceed.”
Already, some senators also
are raising red flags about the committee process, which they warn may
be circumvented if the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman proposal moves directly
into Reid’s office.
“These bills need to go
through committee,” said Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). “If you’re
talking about making major deals on energy policy, it needs to go
through the Energy Committee. If you’re making major deals on tax
policy, it needs to go through the Finance Committee. I mean, if you
want to get it done.”
Cantwell and Sen. Susan
Collins (R-Maine) are pushing an alternative cap-and-dividend bill (S. 2877) that aims to circumvent the
creation of a trillion-dollar carbon trading market.