Historic Senate Vote Provides a New High Water Mark for Global Warming Legislation
June 6, 2008
Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today made the following remarks after the Senate's vote on ending a Republican filibuster of the Boxer-Warner-Lieberman Climate Security Act.
Senator Boxer said: "Today's vote is a landmark moment in the fight against global warming. We had 54 Senators come down on the side of tackling this crucial issue now -- because it is one of the greatest challenges of our generation. This strong vote is up from 38 votes in 2005, and proves that our nation is ready to assume the mantle of leadership on global warming."
"What is extraordinary is that both Presidential candidates weighed in, in favor of addressing this issue now. Therefore, as Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues to address their concerns as we anxiously await the inauguration of a President who will work with us to protect our planet and our people from the ravages of global warming."
Statements from Senators Biden, Clinton, Coleman, Kennedy, McCain, and Obama. These Senators were not present for today’s Senate vote, but said they would have voted for cloture on the global warming bill had they been present.