Okay, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act ain’t Shakespeare — and it ain’t perfect.
Still, there is much confusion about its name. I heard it straight from the primary sponsors themselves that it is “Kerry-Boxer” and not the other way around. The House bill is Waxman-Markey, and it would be inappropriate (and confusing) to call it Markey-Waxman.
It may not seem like a big deal, but this minor brouhaha actually made it into E&E News PM (subs. req’d) last night with a Shakespearean sub-head:
What’s in a name?
Many observers in the climate debate were caught off-guard by the fact that Kerry is now listed as the lead sponsor on the bill, rather than Boxer.
Boxer explained that she had always planned it that way.
“This bill has been Kerry-Boxer from day one, from the first day that we’ve ever started to get together,” she said.
The California Democrat cited last year’s Senate debate on a climate bill that had both Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and John Warner (R-Va.) listed as original co-sponsors.
“I’m not an egotist when it comes to my name on a bill,” Boxer said. “The important thing is to get it done. And by the way, it’s going to be a Reid bill on the floor.”
Cardin said he, too, had long expected Kerry to be the lead sponsor. “What was presented today wasn’t the committee bill,” he said. “It was a bill from the two leading architects of the global climate change energy bill. That’s how we see it. We see both as the leading figures in the U.S. Senate on this issue.”