House Passes Climate Change Legislation
Berndt, Carolyn, Nation's Cities Weekly
In a historic vote before adjourning for the Fourth of July recess, the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed comprehensive climate change and energy reform legislation by a vote of 219-212. A priority for President Obama, the vote marked the first time either chamber has passed climate change legislation.
Eight Republicans joined 211 Democrats in approving legislation to establish a "cap-and-trade" system to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. Forty-four Democrats voted against the bill.
"Today the House has passed the most important energy and environment …
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Publication information: Article title: House Passes Climate Change Legislation. Contributors: Berndt, Carolyn - Author. Magazine title: Nation's Cities Weekly. Volume: 32. Issue: 26 Publication date: July 6, 2009. Page number: 3. © 2009 National League of Cities. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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