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Reid Reversing Course on Immigration / Cap and Trade?


Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) said that Senate leadership promised him an energy bill would be brought to the floor of the Senate this year, possibly before immigration:

Lieberman suggested Monday that energy legislation may be on track to move before immigration in the Senate after all following a conversation with Reid on Sunday, reviving hopes of a bipartisan deal on an energy and climate bill.

Lieberman said he had spoken with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) about the upcoming legislative calendar, and that the leader said he would be willing to bring up whichever bill is ready first, which an energy and climate bill appears to be.

“He said to me as explicitly as anyone could: he’s going to give the energy bill floor time this year,” Lieberman said during an appearance on MSNBC. “Harry Reid said to me yesterday that he will take up whichever of these two bills is ready first am he knows our bill is ready and the immigration reform bill is not.”

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Lieberman said that the public plan to move on energy put Graham in a “defensive position” within his own caucus, but that a “clear understanding” on the legislative priorities for this year could bring the South Carolina senator back to the table.

“So we’re working really hard to get this back together,” Lieberman said.


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