Waxman Ready to Show Cards on ACES?

The National Wildlife Federation has been lobbying hard to help build support for strong provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. Now Grist reports Democrats have reached a deal on details:

House leaders have reportedly reached a tentative deal on a climate and energy bill—and in the absence of details, speculation is rampant about how the bill has been weakened or otherwise changed.

Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), the bill’s coauthors, had wanted to start markup of the legislation two weeks ago, with the aim of passing it out of committee by Memorial Day. But it’s taken longer than expected to reach agreement with moderate Democrats, who requested a lot of changes to the bill.

Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee are scheduled to meet Tuesday night to hammer out the final details; then text of the revised bill is expected to be unveiled on Wednesday, and debate is to begin on Thursday.

We’ll keep you updated on the bill. In the meantime, tell your member of Congress to support strong clean energy & climate legislation this year!

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Published: May 12, 2009