Levin Joining with Republicans to Stop “Cap-and-Trade” Legislation from being Added to Budget Debate

Carl Levin is Working to Pave the Way for a Possible Filibuster of the a Cap-and-Trade Bill

Michigan Democrat Carl Levin recently joined with seven other Democrats and twenty-five Republicans to prevent President Barack Obama from taking quick action on global warming.

Levin signed onto a letter opposing the use of the upcoming budget debate to pass Obama’s global warming legislation. The Senators argue that “enactment of a cap-and-trade regime is likely to influence nearly every feature of the U.S. economy” and as such it should be voted on alone.

However, voting on the bill by itself will make it more difficult for it to pass the Senate. The bill would need to obtain 60 votes, meaning that it would likely be severely weakened in order to get the required votes to prevent a filibuster. Including it in the budget debate would require only a simple majority. The Obama administration is reportedly looking at adding it to the budget process to ensure that it would be passed.

In 2008, Levin was among ten Senators who sought to make failed global warming legislation more friendly to industry.

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Author: mediamouse

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2 thoughts on “Levin Joining with Republicans to Stop “Cap-and-Trade” Legislation from being Added to Budget Debate”

  1. Stop robbing the American taxpayer of out hard earned money. This will cripple our economy and more jobs will go overseas to other countrys. We need to lower corporate taxes and capital gains. I earn less than $30,000 per year and I would like to invest in this economy when it returns. Congress is not doing the right things to create jobs. Did you see the Dollar today. down, down.

  2. @Diana: I think there are many criticisms to be made of cap-and-trade legislation, particularly in that it doesn’t go far enough towards addressing the problem. See this article for elaboration:

    http://www.mediamouse.org/news/2009/03/false-solutions-climate-change.php

    At any rate, I doubt this bill would have much of an effect on the “American taxpayer.” A few corporations might take a small hit, but for the most part, it’s just going to be compromise legislation aimed at the appearance of doing something while really doing next to nothing to stop global warming.

    I hope you enjoy your lower corporate and capital gains taxes when those same corporations are charging you astronomical amounts of money for the food you need to survive when global warming destroys even more of our food system. I know I can’t wait for that day!

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