August 3rd, 2010
07:33 PM ET
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Facing unified GOP opposition, Senate Dems shelve vote on energy bill

 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved plans to vote on a slimmed-down energy bill Wednesday.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved plans to vote on a slimmed-down energy bill Wednesday.

Washington (CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved plans to vote Wednesday on a slimmed-down energy bill that Democrats had hoped to pass before the August recess.

Citing unified Republican opposition to the proposal, Reid said, "It's a sad day when you can't find a handful of Republicans to support a bill that would create 70,000 clean-energy jobs, hold BP accountable, and look at a future as it relates to what BP did."

However, Republicans blamed Reid for rushing through his bill and not first shoring up support across the aisle.

"Sen. Reid is predictably blaming Republicans for standing in the way of a bill that he threw together in secret and without input from almost any other member of the Senate," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the top Republican on the energy committee. "Process alone guaranteed its failure, although substance would have as well had Sen. Reid actually brought his bill up for debate or a vote."

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  1. vwrtb

    Republicans are on vacation still... Vote no to the party of no in November... Wish democrats didn't have to spend money to clean up their mess...

    August 3, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Mickey, NY

    Try members of the GOP who obstruct bringing the United States forward with treason.

    GOP: domestic terrorists

    August 3, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  3. Pragmatic

    "when you can't find a handful of Republicans to support a bill that would create 70,000 clean-energy jobs, hold BP accountable, and look at a future as it relates to what BP did."..

    and GOP plan? Continue deep offshore drilling (with no protections in place) and set up a bipartisan commission .... instead of creating jobs ...

    ... why do republicans hate Americans so much?

    August 3, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  4. jim

    Ole Harry likes to do his businesss secretely behind close doors.That way if he breaks the law there is no trail or smoking gun. He's been around long enough to know how to hide what you're trying to do.I hope voters remember all the sweetheart deals that Harry made during healthcare reform and how the dems pushed their plan down our throats!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. Larry

    I'm not worried, in a couple months when the American people throw out the Republican bums, we'll have no problems passing bills with a 70 / 30 Democrat over Republican Senate

    And additions in Congress

    I am soooooooooo look forward to November

    August 3, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    Wonderful news!
    This energy bill was an absurd Democratic Party invention that would accomplish nothing but PR for the naïve.

    August 3, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  7. Jeff R

    What else is new? Another day, another example of republicans blocking progress. And, they have the audacity to claim that both sides need to work together? What a joke. Republicans' idea of working together is to do everything their way. We saw what their way was during the first 6 years of the Bush administration when Republicans controlled the executive office and the legislature. Republicans have short memories. Hopefully, the voting public will wise up and see them for what they really are. Obstructionists!

    August 3, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. George of the jungle

    these slim bag repos say everything is rushed. Well then guys take the time to read the bill and stay off the links. You complaine while people are waiting for jobs. So maybe you should hurry up and read the darn bill> Any time you don't want to pass something you blame the dems. Lets face it you have no intention of passing anything thAT MIGHT HELP THE economy and make this president look good. They want to pass their own bill that lifts the ban on deep water drilling. Sneeky bastards. Vote them all out in November

    August 3, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  9. Proud member of Global Zero

    Republicans can blame themselves. I do not fault my one Democratic Senator. Senator Bill Nelson will not vote on any bill that has off shore drilling on Florida's cost. I do not blame him.

    August 3, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. marty

    Never in my lifetime have I witnessed a group of men and women unquestionably 'follow their leader' for the express purpose of gaining power. They have been elected and took a solemn oath to work in the best interests of the citizens, all citizens, whether they be poor or wealthy. Instead, the Republicans have broken that oath and this country suffers the consequenses.

    August 3, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. DJ

    Aargh! Grow a spine! If you're afraid you're going down in November, go down fighting for what matters! Scream it from the rooftops that idiot Republican lawmakers are the reason we will continue to face rising energy prices and our kids will be forced to fight wars for big oil company interests. Shove reckless Republican disregard for our country's best interest in the face of every voter in this country.

    August 3, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. Four and The Door

    "Sen. Reid is predictably blaming Republicans for standing in the way of a bill that he threw together in secret and without input from almost any other member of the Senate," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska,
    ________________________________________________________
    Harry Reid does not know how to work with Republicans. He needs to understand that it is in his job description to work with the Republicans, especially since he is no longer spoiled with a filibuster-proof supermajority. Republicans in the Senate represent over 100 million Americans.

    August 3, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    That's okay Sen Reid, we can get to work on a full blown version of an Energy Bill after we vote those obstructionist Republicans out of office come November. Now is the time to concentrate on getting re-elected. Myself and others are quite sick and tired of the kind of politics the GOP-Tea Party are playing. Try to find a way of firing up your support base, as we need to be louder than the opposition. The goal, is an effective, lean and mean government built on honor, character and integrity. It is time to take out the trash.

    August 3, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  14. rashinal

    once again, the GOP shows it's true colors: politics first, country last.
    I hope people see clearly that this childish excuse for a "NO" vote is nothing more than a thin veil covering the worst kind of hypocrisy. All their chest pounding rants about "jobs" and "economy" and "accountability" amount to empty rhetoric; marketing slogans gleaned from focus groups. In reality their only agenda, their only purpose and their only hope, is to defeat any and every measure that will help this country and it's people. Because if this administration succeeds, if Obama has any success, then the GOP will not be able to regain power. It's that simple.
    Think real hard about this folks : the ONLY way the GOP can regain power (and go back to the bush policies) is for Obama to fail. So, (for the sake of the party) they can not allow anything to pass in tact, that would help jobs or the economy. true colors.

    August 3, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid shelved plans to vote Wednesday on a slimmed-down energy bill that Democrats had hoped to pass before the August recess.
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    America loses again. Seriously, is the entire Republican party on crack or something? We need an energy bill badly. Why does the Republican party dislike the Democrats so much that they refuse to cooperate on anything that will help this country? Why?

    August 3, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  16. Craig

    When u say no to everything its hard to make the case that u might have said yes.

    August 3, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. floridian

    " "It's a sad day when you can't find a handful of Republicans to support a bill that would create 70,000 clean-energy jobs, hold BP accountable, and look at a future as it relates to what BP did."

    First, the donkeys trimmed it down 'cause they knew they couldn't get enought donkeys to support it. Second, they threw something together in a non-partisan manner hoping to get it through while trying to take advantage of America's outrage at the catastrophe in the Gulf, which this Administration has failed miserably at solving (particularly in the initial response stages). Third, the donkeys will try to push more garbage like this through Congress in hopes of helping them this November. Now I ask, why do we allow these politicians to blow smoke our way, to lie, and to only do what they see as being beneficial to their re-election? Senator Reid needs to become ex-Senator Reid this November.

    August 3, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. ib

    sure Reid it will create 70,000 jobs just like the stimulus money. it may cost that many jobs; just look at the unemployment rate since you; Pelosi and Obama have taken over.

    August 3, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |