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House GOP Leader Boehner Filibusters Cap-And-Trade Bill

RealClearPolitics – Video – House GOP Leader Boehner Filibusters Cap-And-Trade Bill.

It ran long, but it is well worth listening to.  When you hear the details of what is in this bill you will be shocked.  The power grab by the federal government is shocking.  The money is shocking.  The bill’s amendment itself shows the lies that are being told to the American public.  Conditions are spelled out to extend unemployment benefits due to massive layoffs.  Contingencies are planned to deal with the corporate flight to other countries.  Yet, those supporting the bill say none of this will happen?  They acknowledge the possibility in their own bill.

In preparation for the Senate battle I wrote to Senator Ben Nelson (D) of Nebraska.  Below is a form letter response, which was appreciated.

Thank you for contacting me regarding proposed cap-and-trade legislation.  I was glad to receive your thoughts on this important and contentious issue.

As you know much discussion and debate has taken place in this 111th Congress on a variety of bills dealing with climate change.  The mosenotable of these is Congressman Henry Waxman’s American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, which is currently before the House of Representatives.  I, too, share your concerns regarding the potential costs of this and other proposals containing a cap on carbon emissions and energy output and the effect such a cap may have on the ratepayer.  Should H.R. 2454, or any other proposal pertaining to climate change or cap-and-trade scheme come before the Senate, I will fully evaluate the final proposal and the impact it may have on Nebraska ratepayers, farmers and ranchers, and the industrial sector.  If such legislation has an undue burden on any of these sectors, please know I will be unable to support it.  

Additionally, I have taken steps to ensure that any potential bill containing climate legislation is fully considered and will not detrimentally impact our nation’s weakened economy or our Nebraska economy.  Earlier this year, during debate on the budget resolution for Fiscal Years 2009‑2014, I, together with 32 of my colleagues, voiced opposition at using reconciliation of the budget resolution to expedite passage of climate legislation to Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg, Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Budget, respectively.

Due to our concerns, the Budget Committee removed climate legislation from the resolution before it was sent to the Senate floor for debate.  Additionally, while on the Senate floor, I supported a number of amendments which were adopted to the resolution to ensure that any future climate change or similar legislation does not cause significant job losses, weaken manufacturing competitiveness, or create any other undue harm to the economy.

In the end, I was unable to vote for the proposed budget resolution because of the large deficits it laid out, but was glad that the amendments I supported regarding climate change were incorporated in the final version, which passed the Senate on April 29, 2009, by a vote of 53‑43. 

Thank you again for contacting me with your concerns.  I will keep your thoughts and comments in mind as climate change legislation comes before me on the Senate floor.


Ben Nelson
U.S. Senator

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  1. June 28, 2009 at 12:43 am

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