Doggett: “I Am Voting for Final Passage of the Climate Legislation in the Hope We Can Create a Better Bill”
Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) spoke on the House floor today about the Waxman-Markey bill:
“I struggled deeply about whether to support this flawed bill, but I finally determined that voting for it was my best hope for making it better.”
[Full text of his House floor statement follows below]
“Earlier today I voiced my strong objections to this bill. I voted against the rule to permit this debate because of its rejection of some amendments that I thought would have improved this legislation.
“For three reasons, I’m voting for final passage. First, I’ve been listening to the debate; not so much to those who support a bill that I’m not all that enthusiastic about, but listening to the flat earth society and the climate deniers, and some of the most inane arguments I have heard against refusing to act on this vital national security challenge.
“Second, I believe there is still some hope to make improvements once it gets out of the House – better to have a seat at the table to try to influence the change that is needed in this legislation.
“Third, I am convinced that unless we act today, the Senate will not act, and unless we act in this Congress, we will not get the international agreements we need to address this serious challenge. I’m voting yes in the hope that we will have a better bill and we will have the international accord that we so desperately need to deal with this critical matter.”