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Stealth Climate Bill

The White House and Senate Democrats are trying to figure out what sort of energy or climate bill they can get through the Senate.  Most think the Senate only has the stomach for a pure (pork-laden) energy bill, but this would not preclude adoption of broader climate legislation.  As Andrew Light of the Center for American Progress explained on a panel at the American Constitution Society last weekend (around the 53 minute mark), some in the Administration believe that so long as the Senate passes a broad energy bill before the August recess, there is something to send to reconciliation with the Waxman-Markey bill.  Then the Congressional leadership can extend reconciliation through the November midterms and then pass the reconciled bill in a post-election lame-duck session. 

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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