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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pulling the Plug

by Janet Crain
Reid says he knew how to count to 60 by eighth grade. Was he joking? I have never seen him crack that hang dog face with a joke before.

Updated: 7/22/10 3:29 PM EDT

Barbara Boxer is shown in a photo. | AP Photo
'We don't have the 60 votes,' said Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer.

Senate Democrats pulled the plug on climate legislation Thursday, pushing the issue off into an uncertain future ahead of midterm elections where President Barack Obama’s party is girding for a drubbing.

Rather than a long-awaited measure capping greenhouse gases — or even a more limited bill directed only at electric utilities — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will move forward next week on a bipartisan energy-only bill that responds to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and contains other more popular energy items.

“It’s easy to count to 60,” Reid said. “I could do it by the time I was in eighth grade. My point is this, we know where we are. We know we don’t have the votes [for a bill capping emissions]. This is a step forward.”http://www.resistnet.com/group/watchdogforcapandtradebill/forum/topic/show?id=2600775%3ATopic%3A2398939&xgs=1&xg_source=msg_share_topic

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