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May 22, 2009

What’s Next?

Throughout this week, I’ve covered the passage of the Waxman-Markey climate bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee.  This is one step in the right direction, but there is still a long way to go before we have a climate bill.  The Senate alone is a mess, and they aren’t even considering the bill at the moment, and probably won’t be until the fall.  I think a lot of the industry, energy, and labor concerns on the Energy and Commerce committee were taken care of, and the main obstacle at this point is the agricultural interests.  On top of that, many other committees might want to have their own marking up of the bill, including Ways and Means, Agriculture, Science, and Natural Resources.  Charlie Rangle on the Ways and Means committee is threatening to sit on the bill until health care is considered, and Collin Peterson on the Agriculture Committee seems very frustrated about how agriculture will be affected, and he’s threatening to build a voting block of 40-50 members of Congress to kill the bill.  

Setting aside the much deserved frustration that should be directed towards people like this, this should serve as a sign that the House still has a long way to go.  One thing I’m optimistic about is that most members have not read the provisions of the bill, and are not aware of many of the compromises and adjustments made in the Energy and Commerce Committee.  I’m confident the more members see the protections and compromises in this bill, the more will come on board to support it.  Here is a very insightful article by Politico which lays out the hurdles I’ve elaborated upon here.  Notable excerpts are below.

“In the House, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel is threatening to sit on the legislatio until his panel approves health care reform, and Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson is leading a rebellion by rural Democrats who believe the bill would create enormous new burdens for farmers and ranchers.  And the Senate is … well, the Senate.”

“Waxman has spoken to leadership about bringing the legislation to the floor in July, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is aiming for a full House vote by the end of June or early July. On Wednesday, the Energy and Commerce chairman said, “I don’t think a decision has been made.”

“In my district, a ‘no’ vote would be a good vote,” said Peterson, who hasn’t had a real challenge in years. “I don’t really need to do this.”

“Peterson and other Democratic detractors could capitalize on those fears to build opposition to the climate change bill before it reaches the House floor. The bottom half of his Agriculture Committee is a who’s who of potentially vulnerable Democrats, such as Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright, Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil Jr. and Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick.”

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5 Comments »

  1. […] remains to be seen.  The climate bill has gotten one obstacle out of the way, but it still has many more to go, and it could definitely be stronger.  However, it’s important we take note of good […]

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  2. […] is an example of House leadership flexing its political muscle.  I wrote about the path forward for the Waxman-Markey bill after it passed out of the Energy and Commerce Committee.  The two […]

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  3. […] money were causing the most trouble.  Ever since the bill passed out of that committee, its main obstacle has been the Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson.  Peterson has sought to change something […]

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  4. […] money were causing the most trouble. Ever since the bill passed out of that committee, its main obstacle has been the Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson.Peterson has sought to change something […]

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  5. […] money were causing the most trouble. Ever since the bill passed out of that committee, its main obstacle has been the Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson.Peterson has sought to change something […]

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