Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday, readers, because when members come back from their week-long break, the pace of action on climate and clean energy legislation is going to accelerate. The House leadership wants to vote on Waxman-Markey before the August recess. I certainly hope they can stay on that schedule since the ideal time to debate a global warming bill is probably during the hot summer (see full House calendar here).
In story headlined, “House panels will make haste on energy bill — Hoyer,” E&E News (subs. req’d) reports:
Expect another fast-paced month of committee action on a sweeping global warming and energy bill ahead of possible floor debate in late June or early July, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said today.
“I think the speaker and I will both be urging the committee chairs to consider these quickly,” the Maryland Democrat said in an interview, referring to eight panels with jurisdiction on a bill approved last night by the Energy and Commerce Committee. “Frankly, they’ve been considering them for some time now. It’s not like it’s a great surprise.”
For most committees, the work will be swift, Hoyer said. “Their level of concern,” he said, “is not high.”
But there are two committees that want a piece of the debate: Ways and Means and Agriculture. Hoyer said he would work with the chairmen of both panels and did not expect much of a problem.
Yes, the chairs of both of those committees have made some remarks that might suggest they aren’t in a hurry: