On Tuesday, Boxer and Inhofe released a partial compromise proposal that, while not touching issues such as the Keystone XL oil pipeline, does include a number of reforms sought by the GOP. House Republicans said Wednesday they plan to send a counter offer before the end of the week.
And that movement, no matter how small, is encouraging. “Before, it’s been a lot of talk, a lot of theory. But now it’s time to get moving,” Lankford said, adding that House Republicans are committed to not “stalling this out.”
Boxer also said she remains optimistic a bill can be completed quickly, arguing her relationship with Inhofe is one of the reasons for hope.
“The two of us coming from these very different places have teamed up. So there’s no reason on God’s green earth why it should be problematic,” Boxer said.
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.