Senator Harry Reid
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Breaking now from the Senate:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that two of the biggest and most controversial transportation items on Congress's docket will be up on the Senate floor next week.
Reid said the Senate will vote Monday on the final House-Senate agreement authorizing the Federal Aviation Administration. A deal of FAA was reached this week after a logjam over union rules was broken by negotiators last week. The bill should soon be headed to President Obama's desk.
Reid said the Senate would then take up its version of the Transportation authorization bill, otherwise known as the Highway bill. The Senate has a 2-year, $109 billion bill set to go up against a 5-year, $260 billion package introduced by House Republicans this week and slotted for floor time the week of February 13th. Reid said the Senate bill contains the potential for "millions of jobs."
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Sen. Charles Schumer says, "the best is yet to come."
Monday, July 26, 2010
(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Now that carbon caps or any other direct curbs on greenhouse gases appear dead in the Senate, at least for now, it seems like a good time to ask: How did one of President Barack Obama's key domestic initiatives fall apart?
The political press is rife with stories looking at the demise of a global warming policy as part of an energy bill slated to hit the Senate floor this week. But for the Senate the bottom line seems to be this: You just don't try to pass big, controversial, economy-changing legislation so close to an election. Not if you're serious about passing it, that is.
(There are dissenters to this view. On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show July 23, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner argued pretty strongly that Senator Reid was cowardly not to try-- and that a public debate might have helped Reid accrue a few more votes.)
But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said it plainly last week. He just didn't have the 60 votes needed to pass an energy bill that included a cap-and-trade system for limiting carbon emissions. That stayed true even when Democrats tried to take the edge off by narrowing the plan to apply to utilities alone, an idea many of the utilities themselves supported. Why not?
Friday, July 23, 2010
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner says he doubts climate change legislation will be passed in this Congress. His remarks on the Brian Lehrer show come on the heels of Senator Harry Reid's announcement that the U.S. Senate won't take up legislation that would put a price on carbon emissions anytime soon.
Last summer, the House, after much sturm-and-drang, narrowly passed sweeping climate change legislation to limit CO2 emissions. But the Senate bill has gotten narrower and narrower, until Reid announced a very limited set of reforms yesterday.
Weiner's told WNYC's Brian Lehrer show that he's skeptical that Democrats will be able to get energy legislation passed before the mid term elections.