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April 22, 2010

Pelosi to Reid: Immigration Before Climate Is ‘fine’

Pelosi to Reid: Immigration before climate is ‘fine’

The Hill

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has told Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) she is “fine” with the Senate taking up immigration reform before climate change legislation.

Pelosi made the comments in a private meeting between the leaders on Tuesday, according to a Democratic aide.The aide stressed that the discussion was not about doing one of the high-profile issues instead of the other.

“The conversation was really about timing, not an either-or kind of thing, but timing,” said the aide, who described the talks as a routine meeting of bicameral leaders.
“It is all about what the Senate can move first and pass,” the aide said Wednesday. “Obviously on both of these items – immigration and comprehensive energy and climate legislation -- we are waiting on the Senate to act.”
“If they [the Senate] can do immigration first, that is fine,” the aide continued, adding that Pelosi told Reid “if you could do immigration first that would work. Both of these initiatives have very strong support in the caucus to do.”

Both issues are high priorities for different constituencies in the Democratic party that are also controversial. But climate change has been a key personal priority for Pelosi.

The House has already approved a climate bill and leaders are on record as saying the House will not take up immigration reform until the Senate acts.

Obama, however, has come under criticism from Hispanic lawmakers for not pushing for aggressively on immigration reform, and Reid recently said the Senate would look to move forward on the issue.

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) plan to unveil a broad climate and energy measure on April 26. But it remains unclear whether they can gain traction for legislation that includes controversial limits on greenhouse gases.

If Senate leaders bring an immigration bill to the floor, it could squeeze efforts to tackle climate change because Senate lawmakers have several other election-year priorities, such as the debate over a replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Drew Hammill, a spokesman for Pelosi, said Wednesday that the Speaker has not backed away from her goal of getting climate legislation across the finish line. “The Speaker is fully committed to getting a comprehensive energy and climate bill to the President’s desk this year,” he said.


Wild Thing's comment.......

How on earth can we stop these Communists? sheesh!

They are destroying one industry at a time, this weeks is the financial market.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 22, 2010 12:47 AM


Do these people EVER think what's good for the country and not what is best for them.

Posted by: Mark at April 22, 2010 08:18 AM

Hispanics have a big protest parade planned for May 1 here in Dallas. I guarantee they are not pushing for more immigration and amnesty for Europeans and Asians. Amnesty supporters are blatant racists.

Posted by: TomR at April 22, 2010 10:52 AM

Mark, good question. I don't think it ever even enters their pea brains.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 22, 2010 07:03 PM

Tom, thank you so much for the information.
Your right about what their about too.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 22, 2010 07:04 PM