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US climate legislation to be introduced in the Senate

- Monday, September 28, 2009

The US Senate Democrats are expected to introduce their version of US climate change legislation on Wednesday 30th September, and this will signal the start of the next stage of legislative wrangling on this issue.

Reuters reports that U.S. Senate Democrats will unveil legislation to cut greenhouse gas emissions next Wednesday, kicking off what is likely to be a battle in Congress due to concerns over additional energy costs.


The bill has not been released formally but will be coauthor by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and California Senator Barbara Boxer, a Congressional source said on Thursday. "The overall architecture of the Senate bill is going to be very similar to the House version of the bill."

If the Senate Bill is adopted, it is likely to result in negotiations to merge the Waxman-Markey and the Senate legislation, before the bill finally becomes law.

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