The United States Of Montana

Oh joy:

For liberal Democrats unhappy with the way Max Baucus is handling health care reform, here's another dose of bad news: He's got his hands on climate and energy, too.

Behind closed doors, Sen. Baucus has been staking his claim on major aspects of the climate bill, including financing for a cap-and-trade system.
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That turf puts Baucus in direct conflict with Sen. Barbara Boxer, chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, who believes her committee has control over cap-and-trade allocations. Boxer would fold the provisions into her broader climate and energy bill, which would establish caps on greenhouse gas emissions for the next several decades, according to Senate Democratic aides.

Delegating authority to committee chairmen is part of the Senate process, but Democratic leadership should be wary of handing off additional authority to Baucus on big chunks of the progressive agenda - his style and politics aren't helping.

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Sure, it's not like Boxer represents more voters?

Sigh...

Why do we end up with all these small state Reagan Democrats running everything?

Really, we need an LBJ type running the Senate, because threatening them about witholding funds does NADA, they are actually such a good bargain for Corporate pay-offs.

The ONLY threat is to remove them as committee chairmen, as they did with Dingle in the house. That is what they are selling to the corporations anyway, those chairmanships.

It would be the ONLY thing that scares them, it would cut off their pay-day.

But, Harry Reid is a Reagan Dem himself.

We need someone deep deep blue as Majority leader.

I'm not that enamored of Schumer, who is too close to Wall Street, but he would certianly be a step up from Harry.

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-11 08:57AM | 0 recs
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And remember! Republicans select their charimen, democrats run on seniority.

Once again, they do it better on the other side.

WHAT PART OF PARLIAMENTARY SYSTEM DON'T YOU UNDERSTOOD YOU EMPTY-HEADED IDIOTS.

by MNPundit 2009-09-11 02:18PM | 0 recs
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cap and trade is a misguided disaster....I hope its killed...

by BuckeyeBlogger 2009-09-11 02:48PM | 0 recs

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