House Minority Leader John Boehner calls the climate change bill a "pile of manure." Only he used the other word for it.
The Democrats released a 300-page amendment to this 1,200-plus page bill at three a.m. on Friday — just hours before the chamber would vote — and before the July 4 recess. Much like the economic stimulus bill, it seems nearly impossible that members even had the chance to read it. The bill passed by a narrow margin — with virtually no Republican support.
The measure would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 17-percent by 2020 and 83-percent by 2050 through the so-called "cap and trade" program where companies would buy and sell emissions credits. It would also force utilities to make more power from renewable sources.
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