May 7th, 2010
03:46 PM ET
5 years ago

Climate change bill to be unveiled without key GOP supporter

Sens. Lieberman and Kerry announced Friday that they will soon unveil climate change legislation.
Sens. Lieberman and Kerry announced Friday that they will soon unveil climate change legislation.

Washington (CNN) - Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman announced Friday that they will unveil long-planned climate change legislation Wednesday, but they'll move forward without support from a key Republican they've worked with for months.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, indicated that he's not on board with Kerry and Lieberman's bill. Graham said he believes that the legislation, which includes an expansion of offshore drilling, won't garner enough votes because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"When it comes to getting 60 votes for legislation that includes additional oil and gas drilling with revenue sharing, the climb has gotten steeper because of the oil spill," the GOP senator said in a news release.

"I believe there could be more than 60 votes for this bipartisan concept in the future," Graham added. "But there are not nearly 60 votes today and I do not see them materializing until we deal with the uncertainty of the immigration debate and the consequences of the oil spill."

Sources familiar with the senators' plans say Kerry, D-Massachusetts, and Lieberman, I-Connecticut, intend to keep proposals to expand oil drilling, but they understand that safety regulations and standards will and should be scrutinized and added to their legislation in the wake of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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  1. Tulsa

    What's the matter Lindsey? The good of the party outweighs the fgood of the nation again?

    If you want to shape legislation, get in on the process. Just saying "NO" makes the Republican party look like a bunch of children who are throwing a temper tantrum..... real professional.

    May 7, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  2. Susan

    I'd be very surprised if Grassley EVER intended to work in a bipartisan manner. Her talks a good game, then jumps ship before he ever has to actually vote FOR something. he is another Republican fraud.

    May 7, 2010 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Oil companies have to prove to me that they can drill without a spill. When they can do that, maybe we can move forward with this legislation. But until then, FUGGETABOUTIT!

    May 7, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. librarian

    Really ? The GOP is not collaborating ? What a surprise ? do they care about what is happening in this country ?

    May 7, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. Duck Fallas

    Give all the illegals a PFD and a roll of paper towels.

    May 7, 2010 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. haren

    To make this country successful pass every bill without GOP support.
    Because they are not interested in well being of average middle class people.
    their heart is always with corporation and rich people.

    May 7, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Marlene

    So what else is new. No piece of legislation has had the GOP support – remember this is the "party of NO". Nothing has changed, and I hope voters remember in November that the Republicans have done nothing to solve America's problems. Marlene in Mich

    May 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "I believe there could be more than 60 votes for this bipartisan concept in the future," Graham added. "But there are not nearly 60 votes today and I do not see them materializing until we deal with the uncertainty of the immigration debate
    _________________________________________

    Wasn't it Graham who threatened NOT to bring the Climate Change legislation forward because President Obama suggested Immigration Reform should go foward as well?

    Evidently Graham really CAN'T concentrate on two bills at one time. Seems to be a problem with ALL Senate GOPers.

    Go figure then how our country got in the spot it is today. These career republicans have been on the sidelines doing nothing for too many years now. They really need to be voted out.

    May 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. gt

    wait till gas goes to 5 dollars a gallon,,, t boone pickens is right on ,, wake up america,, natural gas is our answer..

    May 7, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Jeff in Virginia

    John Kerry, please drop Lieberman like the piece of radioactive waste that he is. Everything that Lieberman touches turns to ashes.

    May 7, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  11. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Poor Lindsay Graham sounds real discouraged from trying to work with the libertards.

    May 7, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  12. jimwa

    seriously? THAT's why he's pulling out? really, i just can't understand why people suggest republicans are just being contrary these days...

    May 7, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    My respect for Joe Lieberman has just plummetted! He should know better than to get his name attached to this insanity.

    May 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Independent One

    No surprise....The GOPs are up to the same games

    May 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. ib

    Another disaster for the working man. This thing should never see the light of day and I will vote against anyone in my state that votes for it. How disgusting this thing is.

    May 7, 2010 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Liz the First

    Any ideas republican'ts would have concerning climate change would only weaken the bill and keep us from doing what we have to do to survive. republicant's are in total denial of the reality of man's influence on the planet or they're convinced they're all going to get raptured up and leave the rest of us to deal with the mess. time to ger real, folks. time is literally running out to change things before this planet becomes unlivable. if you care about your kids and their kids, time to kick the oil habit and clean up our act!

    May 7, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. BinMESA

    We are in trouble again. LIEberman is envolved.

    May 7, 2010 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  18. Allen Hussein

    Graham added. "But there are not nearly 60 votes today and I do not see them materializing until we deal with the uncertainty of the immigration debate and the consequences of the oil spill."

    So Graham throws a hissy fit and quits working on the bill because he was afraid the immigration would come first, the President Obama indicated that immigration would be put on hold and now he opposes the bill because we need to deal with immigration? Put down the bong Lindsay!

    May 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  19. jeff jackson, alabama

    Since most liberals are evolutionists
    and think their ancestors are monkey's,
    it's no wonder their leaders in D.C.
    are dragging their knuckles on the ground
    wasting time on climate change instead
    of doing something about immigration
    control.
    In case you knuckle draggers have not
    noticed.....illegal immigration IS A BIG
    PROBLEM NOW.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 7, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Either CNN cant report news or this guy has done a 180 on us.
    One of his major complaints was that Reid wanted immigration debate before this one!
    Do these guys not htink we remember what is said from day to day?

    May 7, 2010 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  21. keith in Austin

    The GOP needs to stand firm. No more of Barry's intrusion on our lives. BTW, Al Gore just closed on a 9 million-dollar
    beachfront mansion in California. The American people aren't suckers Bozo!

    Let the Dems continue to implode!

    May 7, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  22. Dave

    Seriously?

    THey are going to try to ram this through too? Another bill that will cost you and me billions. But Obama isn't trying to destroy America, he loves us!!

    They better hurry since they WILL be losing the House in November.

    May 7, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Wisconsinite

    Oh gee what a HUGE surprise! (dripping with sarcasm) Another Repuke pulling his support from something he used to support because . . . . . . .oh that's right . . . .Repukes only know how to say NO!!! November, November, November . . . . .

    May 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    I have always suspected that graham was still in the closet. The fact that he backtracked (yellow spineless twit) after his own party started going after him for being gay might say it all.

    May 7, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Dollars for Votes!

    SHAME ON Lindsey Graham!! In typical GOP fashion...if ANY obstacle is encountered in enacting any legislation.....the GOP 'We're taking our ball and going home' attitude is inexcusable!

    Instead of whining about and crawling away from the legislation, Graham should show some cahones and start a discussion about it, compromise, discuss, compromise...etc

    I know this if foreign for Washington guys......but there are so many opportunities to work together and our representatives are ACTING LIKE CHILDREN!

    May 7, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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