Boxer Goes Nuclear on Climate Bill

In an unprecedented show of partisan arrogance, the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee just sent S. 1733 (the Kerry-Boxer climate bill) to the floor of the Senate with not a single Republican member present.As EPW procedural rules prohibit modifications or amendments to bills short the attendance of at least 2 minority members, the bill was reported out as written, with no amendments considered or debated.  And, while many Democrats lamented that limitation during their speeches, all but one -- Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont) -- voted to nonetheless move the bill ahead. Republicans have refused to attend the markup proceedings over the past few days, demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provide an updated cost analysis prior to markup.  But Committee chair Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has repeatedly insisted that the cost differences between the Senate bill and the House bill -- already analyzed by the EPA -- would be proven to be nominal, and that EPA...(Read Full Post)