House Democrats win key test vote on climate bill
WASHINGTON – narrowly won a key test vote Friday on sweeping legislation to combat global warming and usher in a new era of cleaner energy. Republicans said the bill included “the largest tax increase in American history.”
The vote was 217-205 to advance the White House-backed legislation to the floor, and 30 Democrats defected, a reflection of the controversy the bill sparked.
Supporters and opponents agreed the result would be higher energy costs, but disagreed widely on the impact on consumers.
In the House, the bill’s fate depended on the decisions of a few dozen fence-sitting Democrats, mainly conservatives and moderates from contested districts who feared the political ramifications of siding with the White House and their leadership on the measure.
This “amounts to the largest tax increase in American history under the guise of climate change,” said Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.
While the bill would impose a “cap-and-trade” system that would force higher energy costs, Republicans for weeks have branded it an energy tax on every American.
The Rust Belt coal-state Democrats who have been sitting on the fence worry about how to explain their vote for higher energy prices to people back home — and how the vote might play out in elections next year.
Republicans have been quick to exploit those concerns.
“Democratic leaders are poised to march many moderate Democrats over a cliff … by forcing them to vote for a national energy tax that is unpopular throughout the heartland,” Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio said.
There was widespread agreement that under this cap-and-trade system, the cost of energy would almost certainly increase.
CAP & TRADE – Bad science followed by bad math. The cost to American taxpayers – thousands of dollars per person and tens of thousands of lost jobs. For every 2 new jobs created – 5 jobs will be lost – read the european studies.
Michigan’s Governor Jennifer Grnholm is a “BIG SUPPORTER” of this program ……..
As the say in Michigan – it didn’t take 5 years (her comments were made in 2006) the economy in the State is “blown away” in under 3 years ….
CONTRACT CONGRESS TODAYAND TELL THEM TO VOTE NO …… Don’t bring Michigan’s economy to your hometown