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Schumer: Dems To Aim Low On Climate And Energy


That procedural avenue would make the chances of rounding up 60 votes for capping and pricing carbon more difficult, but is of a piece with the noises coming out of Reid's own office. Keying off the oil spill in a letter delivered last week, Reid asked several committee chairmen to offer up ideas in time for him to put together an energy bill in July--this despite the fact that the Kerry-Lieberman bill is already drafted, and has been at the center of the energy debate in the Senate for months.

And several weeks ago, top Democratic sources began telling reporters that a comprehensive climate and energy bill was unlikely to get a vote this year.

Late update: Schumer spokesman Brian Fallon says his boss spoke out of turn this morning, and that his prediction was purely speculative.

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