Waxman-Markey, a Vote Nearing, Maybe

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s office has included H.R. 2454, the Waxman-Markey command and control, cap and trade bill, on today’s floor schedule. Various news accounts have Democratic leadership claiming enough votes to pass the 1,201-page legislation.

The National Association of Manufacturers yesterday sent a “Key Vote” letter opposing the legislation to the House of Representatives.

The legislation is changing though (including the bill number to H.R. 2998).  Who knows how many pages they’ll be voting on? From The Washington Post:

Keith McCoy, of the National Association of Manufacturers, said his group opposes the bill because so much is still unknown about how it would work. He said he is particularly concerned about the concessions made to win over Peterson, which introduced new provisions just days before the vote.

“This has happened very quickly. There are many new concepts, new programs, new schemes that could potentially cost a lot of money,” McCoy said. “That, we’re not comfortable with.”

Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee who eventually went along with leadership, states it clearly:

Even Peterson, though, said he was not sure what the offset program would look like: “The truth is, nobody knows for sure how this is going to work.”

Instills confidence, doesn’t it?

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  • Gayle Storm says:

    Mr Peterson’s office assured me he was going to vote NO on this. Did he lie to me? (incredulously said w/ a smirk)

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