The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold hearings on the climate bill starting Oct. 27. Mark-up could come in early November. Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif, says the hearings will feature cabinet secretaries and other Obama administration officials.
Boxer says other Senate chairs, including Finance Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., and Ag Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., may have the opportunity to mark up provisions in the bill over which they claim jurisdiction. But she says it will be up to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to determine when, how much and for how long the bill would be allowed to the other committees for mark-up.
Senators from Midwestern and other manufacturing-intensive states have been reluctant to sign onto the climate bill. They cite concerns over how the new emissions regulations might tilt the balance of trade in manufactured goods toward countries with less restrictive climate rules.
Boxer says she has been working to make sure all 60 Senate Democrats support the climate bill she and Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., have been working on. She emphasized that her goal is to get every single Democrat but that any defections would not be cause for delay.