Reid Blasts Senate Republicans Over 'Filibustering' Of Climate Change Bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) railed against "unprecedented Republican filibustering" that has delayed the debate over a climate change bill.

Though senators from both parties agreed Monday to proceed with debate over the bill, which calls for mandatory caps on greenhouse gas emissions, Reid said that Republicans had tried legislative maneuvers to stall the measure.

Republicans, who worry that the bill will lead to more energy costs, had asked for 30 hours of debate before the amendment process could begin.

"Republicans have every opportunity to debate this bill in public and to negotiate in private," Reid said on the Senate floor Tuesday morning. "They have always been welcome to come to us with ideas for compromise. Their legislative right -- and obligation -- is to argue and cajole in an effort to convince our members to join their side."

Reid continued: "But the unprecedented Republican filibustering we've seen renders the legislative process impossible. Their only goal seems to be running out the clock -- like a basketball team with a lead in the fourth quarter. The only difference is Republicans don't have the lead. They may think that they are scoring political points, but they are leaving our country to suffer."