July 23rd, 2010
07:24 PM ET
8 years ago

Senate's top Democrat to introduce scaled-down energy bill

Washington (CNN) - Democrats admit that when it comes to passing comprehensive energy and climate change legislation, they simply do not have the votes.

So in an effort to get something through, the Senate's top Democrat announced that he will introduce a smaller bill in the coming days focusing on specific energy needs.

"Many of us want to do a thorough, comprehensive bill that creates jobs, breaks our addiction to foreign oil and curbs pollution," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday. "Unfortunately, this time we don't have a single Republican to work with in achieving this goal."

Reid had promised to bring a bill to the Senate floor by the August recess.

The Nevada Democrat said he will put four requirements in the new bill:

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Filed under: Democrats • Energy • Environmental policy • issues
soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. ib

    cap and scam should die and never ever be brought up. It will destroy our way of life; we will have to choose between heating our homes or buying medicine not to mention what the price of gas will be.

    July 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  2. Dean

    No Amnesty No cap and Trade No more spending No No No. No to Harry Reid. Stem the Red tide Vote Nov2.

    July 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    One consolation - the republican kids and grand-kids won't have clean air or water either.

    July 23, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    But then, the hispanics, blacks, chinese won't have clean air or water, the rich won't have clean air or water, everyone will be sick - doctors, nurses.

    Vote NO you idiots - follow turtle-face and just keep voting NO. He won't have clean air or water either.

    July 23, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  5. they call me "tater salad"

    Dems are bagless.........All hat and no cattle.........You deserve to lose in November..........The party of nutless yellow-belly cavers!!!!! Good riddance!!!!

    July 23, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    Democrats don't have enough votes because their Senators and Congressmen are thinking about their re-election. Liberal weasils like Reid and others that will be unemployed in November will push their Liberal agenda to the bitter end no matter what the American people want. Just watch and see for youself!

    July 23, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  7. jim germann

    what happened to the big headline, "no cap & trade". CNN didnt get the memo. By the way, I see your still trying to race bait.You shouldnt have well spoken conservatives on CNN, like ann coulter,there make your race baiting campaign,look like the bogus,race smear that it is!!

    July 23, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Arlie Petrides

    ...blah, blah, blah. More government controls into our daily lives...

    July 23, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. Keith in Austin

    Even though Prince Harry IS the Senate Majority Leader, the headline stating that the Senate's Top Democrat is Harry Reid speaks volumns about how pitiful the US Senate really is!

    July 23, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Four and The Door

    Obama told senators that he believed the best way to make a transition to a clean-energy economy is with a bill that "makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy for America's businesses by putting a price on pollution," the release said.
    gain Obama comes out with the backwards economics guaranteed to cost American jobs and making sure doing business in America is more expensive. Our whole economy would take the hit.

    If instead the approach was to make clean energy less expensive, this would create jobs and improve our economy. Big difference.

    July 23, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. MCD, SF

    Even birds know better than to foul their own nests. Guess you can't even call these republicans "birdbrains" because they aren't even that smart.

    July 23, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  12. hap

    Wow, I just can't believe anyone, who is not a millionaire, and in their right mind would vote republican. They are void of morals all while trying to claim the moral high ground, and the republican middle class chumps buy their faith and fear tactics. News flash: Big money, business, and oil run the republican party, but they rely on the gulibility (probably sic) of middle class republicans, of which there seems to be no shortage. I hate to yell but: WAKE UP THEY'RE FOOLING YOU! AGAIN! REMEMDER 2007/2008, GAS PRICES, RECESSION, WAR, BUSH HOLDING HANDS WITH DICTATOR. Really just how stupid are you people?

    July 23, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  13. Hugo

    Chipster July 22nd, 2010 10:31 pm ET

    The more important question is: why is anyone still listening to Fox GOP TV? Beck, Hannity, etc. have all been exposed for manipulating stories and spreading false and misleading information. Their viewers are ridiculed for continuing to believe them when the number of false claims are stacking up like cord wood! Apparently, the GOP doesn't believe they can win on the truth. From Sherrod to distorted Brazilian oil deals to bogus ACORN videos to absolutely false claims about Van Jones, the mystery is why they don't get sued for defamation.

    If perhaps you did listen to the only News media left (that being Fox) you might see that if they were bogus they would be sued. If the claims are true, as they are, they cannot be sued as they make only opinion and allow their own words speak for themselves. Hard to dispute a video tape, mystery solved...

    July 23, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  14. Gaylon Barrow NOT ASHAMED for the truth!!!

    Thanks God they can't ruin everything.

    July 23, 2010 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
  15. jim

    I'm sure that it has nothing to do with an election in Nov. and dems not wanting to defend their vote on a unpopular cap and trade bill.Why don't you stop telling the lies Harry?

    July 23, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  16. normajean

    Please be aware Mr. Reid, that we the voting public are very much aware of just how little help the Democrats are getting from the other side. They, the repubs, seem to forget that there are a great number of voters out there who can hardly wait for November so we can just let them know how much we appreciate their help.In every state in the union, people, unemployed,homeless, no medical, people of all walks of life are waiting to show the Republicans how we feel about their help for the last two years.We'll give it all we've got so they will know for sure.

    July 23, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Albo58

    Any bill these jackals introduce, especially involving energy, needs to be reviewed thoroughly by competent people before cloture is remotely considered! After the unmitigated disaster of the last 17 months, we shouldn't trust these guys as far as we can throw them!

    July 23, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  18. normajean

    I wish I could talk face to face with some of these writers who spout all kinds of percentages and figures showing what the voters are thinking.You are so glibb ranting on and on about what won't work, or what will fail, or what the President has done wrong with this or that program "The people say.." what people ?I have lived through many administrations and have never ONCE been polled or asked my opinion. My friends and family all say the same thing. .What we have to say, you are not privy to but the truth will out in NOVEMBER and you better believe it!.

    July 23, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  19. mb-texas

    Why scale back make it tough and let the chips fall.Then the
    American people can see what is going on in the U.S.Senate.
    Democrats have scaled back just about every bill that comes
    before the Senate .Some even before the commitee votes.Then
    they still get only two or three Republicans.Get tough and see what
    happens.The Republicans get the bill scaled back and then votes against what they had changed but you do not hear much about
    this action by the Republicans.

    July 23, 2010 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  20. Don Wuerl

    What do we have to do to get people to understand that we must take care of our beautiful planet? Why is the US so slow with doing something good for our planet? Earth is not going to be kind if we don't if don't take care of her! Something is better than nothing; let's get it done!

    July 23, 2010 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  21. mj

    This is one bill (of many) that they can leave behind. Great time to be introducing a Climate Control Bill that will cripple most Americans. We do not need our Gas/Electric/Water Bills to sky rocket. This Administration is trying to take over every aspect of our lives. Why are they not focusing on Jobs and the huge deficit that THIS administration has created?

    July 23, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  22. Aaron

    By bi-partisan support, I assume that he means the Repub ladies from Maine. The rest of the GOP lot vote NO just to be voting NO.

    July 23, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  23. g

    oil the devils brew-republicans would rather send abillion dollars a day to saudi arabia then keep the money in the united states with home grown fuels and job,s or billions sent to china then help create good tax paying jobs they hate america

    July 23, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  24. bennie new york

    Without a cap-and-trade system or carbon tax or anything to curb carbon emissions, this is a worthless bill. Harry, when are you going to get the nerve to sit through a filibuster and get something meaningful passed?

    July 23, 2010 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  25. stevetall

    Gee. Douche bag Republicans holding up important work on the evolution of America. What else is new, besides the dink from Tennessee who wants to seceed from the Union?

    If there are still Americans who support this kind of obstructionist philosophy, maybe it's time to let them leave the country to those of us who want to evolve, grow, and change with the times in a manner congruent with all the makes America great: Compassion, forward-thinking, tolerance, and responsibility. All the things that Republicans can't or won't do.

    July 23, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
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