The Hill reports that House Democrats would prefer to let climate legislation wait another year if it doesn’t have sufficient support in the Senate. They interviewed DCCC Chairman Christopher Van Hollen (D, Md.).
“The first thing we need to do is see whether we can come together around a consensus position in the committees in the House, and that’s what we’re working on. And then, of course, if we were able to arrive at that, the question is whether you would take it to the floor, or do you wait to see if anything develops on the Senate side,” Van Hollen said.
“The chances of doing cap-and-trade in the Senate are much more difficult. We recognize that,” he added.
Van Hollen does not seem unaware of the possible political consequences of the bill, which as President Obama once said will make energy prices “necessarily skyrocket.”