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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 11:35 AM
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Senate Climate Bill In Danger Of Filibuster: Please Call Today
Edited on Sat Dec-08-07 11:37 AM by RestoreGore
From the Washington Post, December 7, 2007:

"The House yesterday brushed aside a new White House veto threat and handily approved a comprehensive energy bill that would raise automobile fuel-efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years and require increased use of renewable energy sources to generate electricity. The 235 to 181 vote sends the measure to the Senate today. There, Republicans hope to strip it of tax increases on the oil industry and the renewable-source requirement before a final version goes to President. The White House objects to the bill on multiple fronts, including the prospect of tax boosts on oil companies, saying Bush would veto it.... Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) will call for a rare Saturday vote to break off debate on the energy bill and move to final passage. Senate Democratic leaders expressed strong support for the bill and will push hard for the 60 votes needed to break a threatened filibuster… The vote is expected to be close -- Reid has summoned the Senate's four Democratic presidential candidates for the motion -- but if Democrats cannot muster 60 votes, large portions of the bill could be dropped, such as many of the tax measures and possibly the 15-percent renewable energy mandate on utilities."

60 votes are needed to break filibuster today. Please call Democratic presidential candidates and Sen. John McCain and moderate republicans to tell them of the importance of this vote. The Democratic candidates must come to Washington for this crucial vote regardless of schedule.

Sen. Joseph R. Biden, Jr.: (202) 224-5042

Sen. Hilary Rodham Clinton: (202) 224-4451

Sen. Christopher J. Dodd: (202) 224-2823

Sen. Barack Obama: (202) 224-2854

John McCain and moderate Republicans mmust vote with Democrats to end the filibuster.

Sen. John McCain: (202) 224-2235
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For me ANY of the candidates that do not show for this vote do not deserve our vote for anything. If they can't take time out of their presidential campaign schedule for the most important vote of this year for this planet, they shouldn't even think to tell people they care about this planet or the environment.
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Toots Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 11:48 AM
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1. I think it has already been voted on and three Democrats voted against it.
:shrug:
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RestoreGore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 02:36 PM
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2. Well thanks. I'll check that out.
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karynnj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-08-07 03:03 PM
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3. Yep they were Bayh, Landrieu, and Byrd
They got 53 of the 60 votes needed - McCain did not vote (he is often good on energy).
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