Boxer Reaches Out to Republicans on Clean Energy Bill

Via Talking Points Memo, late breaking news on the Clean Energy Jobs Act:

Faced with the GOP plan, [Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chair Barbara] Boxer said the Democrat majority on the committee decided to “reach our hand across the aisle” and accommodate some of the GOP concerns.

Boxer will begin the markup as planned Tuesday, but will extend the deadline for amendments until “the close of business” that day, allowing Republicans who have boycotted the process to participate past the original deadline.

In addition, Boxer said she’ll pause the markup process tomorrow afternoon and invite an EPA official to come before the committee and answer any and all remaining questions about the cap-and-trade bill Republicans may have.

Now that Boxer has addressed their concerns, will Republicans come to the table to negotiate the real reform America has been waiting for? We’ll find out on Tuesday.