Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), a former member of the panel, has already been trying to reach across the aisle on the nuclear provision of the climate change bill. Lieberman, who has long had a pro-nuclear stance, has been reaching out to Republicans such as Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Richard Burr (N.C.) and others to try to broker a deal that could prompt more Republicans to support the overall legislation.
Yet even finding a compromise on nuclear energy is hardly expected to be the deal that will garner enough votes for the bill to pass out of the Senate.
I dont think anyone thinks that is going to be the trick, one Republican lobbyist said.
Yet if Lieberman is successful, and other Senators such as Finance Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) can act as a potential bridge in bringing more moderate Democrats such as Sens. Kent Conrad (N.D.) and Byron Dorgan (N.D.) on board, then the bills prospects could be in better shape.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.