December 7th, 2007
10:07 AM ET
15 years ago

Senate Energy Bill fails in bid for a final vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) - An effort to require better mileage from U.S. cars and trucks failed in its bid for a full Senate vote Friday morning, 53 to 42.

Opponents of the measure, which passed the House Thursday, had threatened to filibuster the bill, and its supporters could not muster the 60 votes required to bring it to a full vote.

The bill, which was opposed by President Bush, would have ended some tax loopholes for the oil industry and used those funds to extend tax credits for renewable energy sources.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, had said earlier that he would require the four Senate Democrats currently on the presidential campaign trail to return to Washington if the bill came up for a full vote this weekend.

- CNN Congressional Producer Lesa Jansen

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. John, Chandler Arizona

    As long as G.W. is in power with his oil execs bedfellows I don't think this nation will ever see a transition from oil inspired politics. It is a sad day for this nation. I just hope that we are able to recover.

    December 7, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. Ken, Suitland MD

    Good job, CNN, in protecting the repubs. from another one of my posts. Guess it didn't make it through your "screening". They need all the help they can get, but do you think you could let some cogent arguments thru?

    The nutjob demagogues on the right who don't want any CAFE standards, or any progress at all for that matter, need to hear some direct responses to their inane positions.

    Are you just trying to level the playing field, so they don't feel at an intellectual disadvantage on your ticker? I like that: "political correctness" for the benfit of the disadvantaged "right-wingers".

    People, use your heads: go back and look at the nonsense apparently sincerely perpetrated by the right-wingers on this ticker thread. These are the people that put all the bums with the (R)'s next to their name in office....and you see what good that has done our country. VOTE INTELLIGENTLY THIS NOV.!!!! Stop the slide back to the middle ages.

    December 7, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Bill, Streamwood, IL

    Looks like Big Oil said, "Omigod, we can't lose our tax loopholes and fund alternate energy studies. It may be good for America, but it's bad for our business" and their Republican lap dogs replied, "Sir,Yes Sir, we'll stop this heinous threat to your obscene, but necessary, profits."

    Only 11 months left folks and we can put these GOP bounders out on the streets.

    Can't wait to put in people who represent the average American family.

    December 7, 2007 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Dan, TX

    What is the price of a gallon of gas in Europe?

    That's the price we'll be paying next December.

    December 7, 2007 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  5. Randy S. Lawton, OK

    Posted By Laura Tulsa OK : December 7, 2007 12:19 pm

    Good grief, Laura, I have never read such backwards, twisted, fallacious logic in my life. You really don't have a clue, do you?
    I would say more but enough other poster's have pointed out the flaws in your reasoning.

    December 7, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Steve in SC

    Blame the repubs all day long if you like. Somebody please tell me why the majority party can't get squat done? It is easy to blame the repubs especially since the majority can't pass anything!

    December 7, 2007 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  7. EHH, Shirley, MA

    I can't imagine anyone surprised by the Legislature. As long as big oil reps and senators are in, we citizens will be out. The money to get them in comes from big oil and it keeps them there. Citizens do not match their contributions or even come close. Unless and until we take action to remove these idiots from office and put in representatives of the people, we can expect more of the same.

    December 7, 2007 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  8. Joel, Seal Harbor, Maine

    "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, had said earlier that he would require the four Senate Democrats currently on the presidential campaign trail to return to Washington if the bill came up for a full vote this weekend."

    ~God forbid that the candidates would have to do the job they were elected into.

    I can't understand why some Americans think it is okay that their representitives are not as involved as they should be in the law making process. I'm not saying that someone needs to be there for each and every vote, but when you are talking about only 100 votes, a few really does matter, though not in this case.

    I don't understand why in this age of technology that elected officials cannot vote remotely in their respective houses. Or can they?

    December 7, 2007 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. Mark, B'ham., Al.

    For you young pups ask your parents about the last CAFE Standards in 1975 that gave us the K-Car and 55 mph on the Interstate. THe K-Car was lucky to get up a good hill before you had to find a bathroom they were so wimpy and flimsy. Imagine you and your 6 friends go to a movie in an SUV the size of a Yaris. Also any tax increase on energy will just be passed on to the consumers so the dems will have thier wish for $10.00/gal. gas to please their SUV driving enviromental wanabe friends.

    December 7, 2007 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  10. Independent in IA

    At least Obamfrey can go to his rally with a clear conscience...he won't have to miss yet another important voting opportunity.

    Yet more proof that republicans are out to make sure NOTHING of value gets done. All these idiots need to be replaced.

    December 7, 2007 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |


    December 7, 2007 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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    December 7, 2007 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  13. Brian, Philadelphia PA

    There's nothing wrong with the regulation here in my opinion. If the oil companies have to face a burden on the product that they make, it would make economic sense for them to put money into R&D and create something new and more efficient in order to maximize profits.

    The person complaining about the strain on employees is right, if they don't try to change their market strategy. However, that may be the choice they make. Unfortunately for many, that could lead to an exit in the market for the company.

    And for the person who says to let the market decide: Though the free market for the most part will the case of the's bad news. Not to mention if we don't figure out something to fix the problem now with our oil dependency, we won't be ready when we're suffering from withdraw.

    December 7, 2007 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  14. dk

    Where to start.......... I guess Laura from OK.......... are you stupid or just uninformed? Car companies have been making vehicles to meet govt mandated standards for generations. Why do you think your car in OK will pass the emissions tests in CA? DUHHHHHH........

    Another poster states that candidates should go back to Washington to vote. Though I agree with that statement I have to wonder if this person expected the same from the likes of Bob Dole?

    Matt from Chitown......... you hit the nail right square my friend!!!

    December 8, 2007 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
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