Four Senate Democrats broke ranks Thursday and voted to approve an amendment aimed at prohibiting a carbon tax.
Dems break ranks on carbon tax amendment
The Senate voted 58-42 on an amendment offered by Sen. Roy BluntRoy BluntSenate Dems: No August break without Zika deal Overnight Finance: Senate sends Puerto Rico bill to Obama | Treasury, lawmakers to meet on tax rules | Obama hits Trump on NAFTA | Fed approves most banks' capital plans Overnight Healthcare: Sanders, Clinton ally jockey for health gavel MORE (R-Mo.) that would set up a deficit-neutral reserve fund to prohibit a federal tax or fee on carbon emissions from any entity that, directly or indirectly, is a source of the emissions.
Red-state Democrats Sens. Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampOvernight Finance: Obama signs Puerto Rico bill | Trump steps up attacks on trade | Dodd-Frank backers cheer 'too big to fail' decision | New pressure to fill Ex-Im board Senate Dems urge Shelby to take up Ex-Im nomination Gun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA MORE (N.D.) Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief McCaskill: I wonder if people voting for Trump are embarrassed VA opposes bill aimed at helping vets in mustard gas experiments MORE (Mo.) and Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOvernight Finance: Trump threatens NAFTA withdrawal | Senate poised for crucial Puerto Rico vote | Ryan calls for UK trade deal | Senate Dems block Zika funding deal Overnight Energy: Volkswagen reaches .7B settlement over emissions Senators rally for coal miner pension fix MORE (W.Va.) voted with Republicans.
Blunt, ahead of the vote, suggested that the amendment was necessary to help protect Americans from higher utility bills and "send a clear message" to President Obama.
"This vote is important to send a clear message to the administration that Americans simply can't afford to pay higher utility bills because of bad energy policies," he said.
But, Sen. Barbara BoxerBarbara BoxerDems leery of Planned Parenthood cuts spark Senate scuffle Calif. Dem missed votes, sit-in on trip to Spain Hispanic Caucus PAC looks to flex its muscles in 2016 MORE (D-Calif.) suggested ahead of the vote that putting "a price" on carbon could lead to a better economy.
"When you put a price on carbon it works," she said. "If you look at my state, we are creating jobs in clean energy, we're balancing our budget better than we ever have before. ... So I don't know why on earth we would say 'no' to something that leads to prosperity."