Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) vowed Thursday to push ahead with climate change legislation that he drafted with Sens. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and said he believes Graham who walked away from the effort will ultimately support the measure.Were not going to try. Were going to do what were going to do, Kerry said, adding that the bill would be introduced early next week.Of Graham, Kerry said: Hes going to vote for the bill regardless of whether hes at the unveiling. Graham walked away from the group after Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested immigration reform would go before climate change this year.A Graham aide did not immediately return a request for comment. However, Graham over the last several weeks has remained adamant in his opposition to moving climate change legislation until Reid takes comprehensive immigration reform off the table for the year.
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.