Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Climate Bill Before Immigration Reform

The Washington Post reported yesterday (here) that the Senate will take up climate change legislation before it takes up immigration reform. For reasons I specified the other day (here), this is very good news.

It will be interesting to see the response of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham. Late last week, Graham  withdrew his support for the climate proposal he co-authored with Senators Kerry and Lieberman after Harry Reid and other Democratic senators signaled that that immigration reform might jump to the front of the agenda in the wake of Arizona's new, controversial, and quite possibly unconstitutional immigration enforcement law. If Reid brings Graham's climate bill up first, it will be a test of whether Graham's withdrawal of support was principled or merely a cave-in to pressure from his own party not to play nice with the Democrats.

Hat tip: Dan Farber at Legal Planet.

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