Burgess: We need 7 votes to 'bring down' climate bill

Republicans are seven votes away from "bringing down" the climate change bill favored by Democrats and scheduled for a vote Friday, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) claimed this afternoon.

Citing the 217-205 rules vote on the bill earlier in the morning, Burgess tweeted from the Hill that Republicans were close to downing the legislation, a top priority of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Obama.

Burgess tweeted Friday:
No R's voted in favor of the rule. 30 Dems voted no. We are 7 votes away from bringing this down.

Indeed, no Republican voted for the rules, and three lawmakers -- Reps. John Culberson (Texas), Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and John Sullivan (Okla.) -- missed the vote.

Cross-posted to the Twitter Room.

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