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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Filed under: Environmental policy
October 15th, 2009
05:18 PM ET
5 years ago

Democrats chastise Snowe over health care 'influence'

 Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe on Tuesday.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Maine Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe on Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - There is candid frustration Thursday coming from rank and file congressional Democrats about the influence of Maine's Republican senator in the health care reform debate.

The way Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe sees it, she's just using the power any senator has: the power of one.

"The brilliance of our Founding Fathers was this: that they gave power equally to every member of the United States Senate, whether you represented a large state or a small state, and exercising that authority in a positive way," she said.

But the challenge now for Democrats is that Snowe opposes what most of them support: a government-sponsored health care option.

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Filed under: Congress • Democrats • Health care • Olympia Snowe