BREAKING: Boxer’s Math Does Not Add Up: Letter Reveals 10 Democratic Senators Opposed Climate Tax Bill
June 6, 2008
Posted Marc Morano – 3:43 PM EST – Marc_Morano@EPW.Senate.Gov
Boxer’s Math Does Not Add Up
Letter Reveals 10 Democratic Senators Opposed Climate Tax Bill
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) claimed today that Democrats had the support of 54 U.S. Senators for the Climate Tax Bill. Directly contradicting Boxer’s assertion is a letter signed on June 6 by ten Democratic Senators explicitly stating they “cannot support final passage” of the Climate Tax Bill. The letter indicates that Boxer would apparently only have had at most 45 votes today to support final passage of the bill. (Democrat Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia, who was absent for today’s vote, had previously voted against bringing the bill to the floor on June 2.)
Boxer alleged in a June 6 statement that Democrats “had 54 Senators come down on the side of tackling this crucial issue now” following the today's cloture vote of 48-36 which effectively killed the bill.
But the signed letter by ten Democratic Senators tells a much different story.
“As Democrats from regions of the country that will be most immediately affected by climate legislation, we want to share our concerns with the bill that is currently before the Senate. We commend your leadership in attempting to address one the most significant threats to this and future generations; however, we cannot support final passage of the Boxer Substitute in its current form,” ten Democratic Senators wrote in a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senator Boxer.
The ten Democrats Senators were: Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Senator John D. Rockefeller (D-WV), Carl Levin (D-MI), Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Mark Pryor (D-AR), Jim Webb (D-VA), Evan Bayh (D-IN), Clair McCaskill (D-MO), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Ben Nelson (D-FL).
Of the ten Senators, only Senator Brown voted against cloture today, which effectively killed the bill this Congressional session.
Boxer’s claim that today’s vote “proves that our nation is ready” to support global warming cap-and-trade legislation fails a basic arithmetic test.
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