The Dernogalizer

June 3, 2009

Climate Bill Committee Deadline June 19

Rengal/Peterson facing Pelosi

Rengal/Peterson facing Pelosi

This 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 biggest obstacles appeared to be Charlie Rengal wanting to do healthcare first, while sitting on the climate bill.  He adamantly said “we’re doing health care first”.  The other was Agriculture Committee Chair Collin Peterson who was threatening to building a voting bloc of democrats to KILL the bill(not kill bill the movie) if certain provisions regarding the EPA regulating biofuels and offsets for agriculture weren’t met.

What’s being said now?  According to Joe Romm of Climate Progress, Pelosi is setting a deadline for the bill to be out of all committees by June 19th.  What’s Charlie Rengal saying now?

“Chairman Charles Rangel of the House Ways and Means Committee said he learned today that his panel has a deadline of June 19 to complete its version of the cap-and-trade bill now pending in the House.  The New York Democrat told reporters, “We’re going to make it” — referring to the deadline, which he said he was informed about by his staff. The staff apparently had gotten word of the deadline from the House Democratic leadership….”

““We’re under the hammer,” Rangel told reporters following an hourlong meeting in the Capitol with more than two dozen of his Democratic committee members.”

Ouch!  Try sitting on that!  What about Mr. Peterson?

“We’re not trying to stop this bill,” Peterson told reporters. “We’re trying to make it so we believe it’s workable. That’s where we’re coming from. We’re going to have a bill, something from the standpoint of agriculture, that’s going to work. That makes sense. That’s what we’re trying to accomplish here.”

Staff for Peterson and Waxman are now going over the Agriculture Committee chairman’s concerns, but that does not necessarily mean the panel will hold its own markup on the bill.”

Now I’ve always thought that Speaker Pelosi wasn’t the most artful politician, and I haven’t been the biggest fan…but I do have to say…DAMN!

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