GOP Senators Block Bill on Climate Change

It will likely be pulled until next year
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2008 10:23 AM CDT
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., left, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., right.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – Republican senators blocked a landmark climate change bill today in a filibuster, making it likely that the carbon-capping legislation will be shelved until next year. After a debate over the economic costs of the bill—which would cut CO2 emissions by 71% by 2050—the Senate came up a dozen votes short of the number needed to end the filibuster, the AP reports.

“It’s a huge tax increase,” said the GOP's Mitch McConnel, who called it “the largest restructuring of the American economy since the New Deal.” An angered Barbara Boxer, one of the co-sponsors, insisted, “There is no tax increase.” Neither presidential candidate was in the chamber.