Kerry expresses confidence that Reid will push climate bill

Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryShould President Trump, like President Obama, forsake human rights in pursuit of the deal with a tyrant? GOP Senate report says Obama officials gave Iran access to US financial system Democrats conflicted over how hard to hit Trump on Iran MORE (D-Mass.) is continuing to dispute suggestions that a new push by Democratic leaders to advance immigration reform legislation will prevent the climate bill he’s crafting from reaching the Senate floor this year.

Kerry, and Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump says he will sign executive order to end family separations Trump backs narrow bill halting family separations: official Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare health plans | 'Zero tolerance' policy stirs fears in health community | New ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-S.C.) plan to unveil a sweeping climate and energy bill Monday.

“There are always people who think it’s impossible to tackle big challenges in an election year, but Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman have been working overtime to produce an approach that can succeed,” said Whitney Smith, a spokeswoman for Kerry.


“The Majority Leader reiterated this past Thursday to them that he is committed to make this the year bipartisan, comprehensive climate and energy reform passes the Senate and Senator Kerry knows the Leader is tough and determined enough to make it happen,” she said in a statement.

A controversial new immigration law in Arizona that President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama: Are we a nation that rips families apart? Another chance to seek the return of fiscal sanity to the halls of Congress Colombia’s new leader has a tough road ahead, and Obama holdovers aren't helping MORE criticized Friday is helping to propel the issue to the forefront of Democrats’ Capitol Hill agenda.


This is prompting speculation that immigration legislation will come to the Senate floor before the climate and energy bill, and perhaps keep the climate measure from the election-year floor agenda altogether.

Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidAmendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP Donald Trump is delivering on his promises and voters are noticing Danny Tarkanian wins Nevada GOP congressional primary MORE (D-Nev.) has not commented on the sequencing of the measures, and last week called both issues priorities. Both immigration and climate legislation are controversial and face uncertain floor prospects.

On Friday Reid called the new Arizona law “another important example of why we need to fix our broken system.” The law has prompted criticism from Latino groups and other activists who call it an assault on civil liberties.

The state law gives police new powers to stop and demand documentation from people the believe may be in the country illegally, among other provisions.

“While the first step in immigration reform must include border security, we cannot approach this important issue in a piecemeal fashion. Republicans and Democrats need to work together to pass comprehensive reform that is tough on people who break the law, fair to taxpayers, respectful of civil liberties and practical to implement,” Reid said.