Democrats told the Washington Post their
decision to abandon the proposal was another concession to the difficult political environment Democratic leaders face, as many rank-and-file congressional Democrats are wary of casting any vote that could be used in political attacks by Republicans.Of course, Dems haven't ruled out another go at saving the 4.54 billion year old Earth from the feeble depredations of corporate greed after the August recess or into the new Congress after the November elections even though many of their number will no longer be congressional members. Ah, hope and change spring infernal.
Democrats who advocated the broader measure didn't hide their disappointment in falling short. Carol Browner, who heads the White House's Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, said, "Obviously everyone is disappointed," while Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), the primary author of the comprehensive bill, said the legislation Democrats will take up next week is "admittedly narrow."
"We know where we are. We know we don't have the votes," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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