Waxman-Markey passes House
by desmoinesdem, Fri Jun 26, 2009 at 03:23:45 PM EDT
The vote on HR 2454, the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), was delayed this afternoon so that Republican leader John Boehner could spend an hour or so reading a super-long proposed amendment to the bill. But I saw on Twitter that the final tally was 219 votes in favor of the bill (211 Democrats and 8 Republicans). 212 House members voted against the bill, and three did not vote.
I'll update soon with more details about the roll call. If most of the Democrats who voted against the bill were Blue Dogs, why did we make so many compromises to appease them?
I wasn't watching the proceedings on C-SPAN, but according to Populista, Steny Hoyer of all people gave "the best speech of the debate by far," prompting long applause.
UPDATE: Here is the roll call. Kate Sheppard of Grist listed the 8 Republicans who voted for the bill: "Bono Mack (Calif), Castle (Del.), LoBiondo (NJ), McHugh (NY), Reichert (Wash.), Smith (NJ), Lance (NJ), Kirk (Ill.)."Populista says, "3 D's voted against #ACES for being too weak. 41 D's voted against it beacuse they thought it was TOO STRONG."
SECOND UPDATE: CQ Politics lists the 52 House members who didn't vote with the majority of their party members on Waxman-Markey. Most represent districts that voted for the other party's presidential nominee last year.
Meanwhile, Senator Claire McCaskill is already planning to make a bill that doesn't do enough do even less: "I hope we can fix cap and trade so it doesn't unfairly punish businesses and families in coal dependent states like Missouri."
My own Congressman Leonard Boswell has made the same bogus argument, though he did end up voting for the bill yesterday. I'm sorry that midwestern utility companies have not been more farsighted in getting away from coal, but they shouldn't now be allowed to wreck this bill. If these utilities invest more in energy-efficiency measures and generation from renewable sources, their ratepayers will not see significant rate hikes and may save money.