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

Climate change bill to be unveiled without key GOP supporter

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Steve (the real one)

    haren May 7th, 2010 4:08 pm ET
    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
    1. If what you say is true, that would make the liberals the best buds for the illegals and the entitled!

    2. Too bad not a single liberal has pocketed a single corporate dollar

    3. Too bad there are no lobbyists in THIS administration!

    4. Too bad there are no Goldman Sach alumni are in THIS administration!

    May 7, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Climate change bill to be unveiled without key GOP supporter


    To hell with the useless lot of them! Keep it up Dems! You've wasted more than enough of your and our time extending the olive branch to folks who only carry their Bible to hit you over the head with.

    May 7, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. jbakaregit

    Go ahead Kerry, Lieberman and have Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

    The GOPers tried to block Wall Street reform (after the financial collapse and Goldman Sachs dirty dealings), but saw that America isn't going to stand for trying to stop fixing Wall Streets little red wagon. The same goes with the revelations that oil companies can't policie themselves and be trusted to do right.

    May 7, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  4. Really?

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

    Yet, you didn't list the House seats you feel are most vunerable, Dave.

    May 7, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. google51

    Am I missing something?? So he can't find any of the 41 Senators who were supporting “DRILL BABY DRILL”??

    May 7, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  6. Dan

    Will people of his state please retire this rhino

    May 7, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  7. Ruth

    Easy. Just say no to the Republicans next time they're on a ballot and you vote.

    May 7, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
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