Senate Closes Door On Fast-Track Of Climate Bills

Law360, New York (April 2, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate has voted to prevent the budget reconciliation process from being used to push through climate change legislation, although Democrats might still use it for other things, including health care reform.

By using the budget reconciliation process, Democrats could have lowered the vote requirement for a cap-and-trade bill from a filibuster-proof 60 votes to a simple majority. But on Wednesday, the Senate approved an amendment proposed by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., which effectively took that option off the table.

The vote was 67-31, with...
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