Boxer, Republicans Spar Over Climate Bill Timing, Economic Studies

By Darren Samuelsohn in the New York Times, October 30 2009

Senate Democrats are still aiming for a committee markup on global warming legislation next week despite Republican calls for a slower pace on the sweeping measure.

"That's my plan," Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) told reporters today when asked about a possible markup next week on S. 1733. "That's my hope."

Boxer's continued push to move the bill came as Republicans James Inhofe of Oklahoma and George Voinovich of Ohio complained during this morning's hearing that they have not had enough time to study the proposal to establish a cap-and-trade program that curbs major industrial sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

"This is a big bill, we need to really get at it, but if you jam this thing through here, it's not going to be good," Voinovich said.

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