The centrist and liberal Democrats want Reid (D-Nev.) to bring broad, bipartisan energy and climate legislation to a floor vote this year, despite the fact that mid-term elections are later this year.
The move comes days before Sens. John KerryJohn KerryCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide Trump’s realism toward Iran is stabilizing force for Middle East MORE (D-Mass.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamSenate takes up NATO membership for Montenegro Republicans giving Univision the cold shoulder: report Graham: 'I'm glad' Ivanka will be working in the White House MORE (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman
(I-Conn.) are scheduled to brief colleagues on the climate and
energy bill they’re crafting.
A letter from the lawmakers to Reid Friday demonstrates that a substantial number of liberal and moderate senators hope to keep the issue on the Senate radar despite a slew of competing election-year priorities.
The letter calls for legislation with “a renewed focus on jobs and reduced dependence on foreign oil.”
“Our lack of a comprehensive clean energy policy hurts job creation and increases regulatory uncertainty throughout our economy,” states the letter. “Businesses are waiting on clear signals from Congress before investing billions in energy, transportation, manufacturing, buildings and other sectors.”
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The letter says the senators are also “deeply concerned” with spending hundreds of billions of dollars annually on oil imports.
But it steers clear of any specifics on what a broad climate and energy bill should include.