Turns out the great climate act of 2008 wasn't going to be quite the political football Barbara Boxer and Harry Reid had hoped for. In a not too stunning reversal, the Senate punted the issue until next year when they hope to avoid the scrutiny of a debate. I guess a 7 trillion dollar tax hike on energy the same weekend gas hits 4 bucks a gallon would have come off a little "uncaring" for the plight of the little people who pay to drive to work every day.
The bill died without actually dying; sort of the Senate's version of the talking killer that has been shot in the shoulder. You know he is going to get up as soon as the girl (who picked up the gun) turns her back on the killer to check on her witless boyfriend.
Jun 6, 2008 9:03 AM Senate On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Boxer Amdt. No. 4825 ) Cloture Motion Rejected 48-36, 16 not voting (3/5 required).
In other words. Since only 84 Senators voted on the Cloture Motion, it would have taken 51 (3/5) to end the presumptive filibuster. Since only 48 did so, the Bill is now on the floor with a winged shoulder.
Of note: 16 senators no-voted...McCain skipped this one...Obama continued a stellar history of not putting himself on the record.