Kerry Vows Climate Change Push, but Vote May Slip
The likelihood of climate change legislation making it to the Senate floor this year may be in doubt, but Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) vowed Thursday he would press on with negotiations in order to keep the issue ripe for next year. “I can’t tell you exactly when we’re going to have a vote, but we’re serious about this,— Kerry said. Likewise, Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), whose panel shares jurisdiction over climate change legislation, said he does not expect to mark up a bill this year. Kerry will attend President Barack Obama’s speech on climate change in Boston on Friday and is scheduled to meet Monday with Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) in a continued effort to woo the moderate Republican to support a climate change bill. The bipartisan duo co-wrote a New York Times opinion piece last week, in which they announced, “We are also convinced that we have found a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress.—Kerry is co-author of a sweeping climate change bill along with Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Boxer’s panel will host several Obama Cabinet secretaries next week for a series of hearings on climate change. Boxer has said she will schedule a markup after next week’s hearings.