Graham Stalls Energy, Climate Legislation Hearings

Climate change and energy legislation was not unveiled Monday as originally planned after Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., raised objections, Reuters reports.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, I-Conn., who, along with Graham and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., is one of the co-sponsors of the bill, urged the White House to help save the bill by working with the Republican senator, who objects to plans by Democrats to debate an overhaul of U.S. immigration policy before voting on the climate legislation.

After meeting with Lieberman and Kerry late on Monday, Graham did not reject the possibility of supporting the climate bill again. However, he said that immigration had to be taken off the Senate agenda for the rest of this year, even if a climate bill is passed first.

The Senate climate legislation calls for a reduction in U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide pollution. The legislation is also expected to introduce cap-and-trade measures.

SOURCE: Reuters

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