Reid's decision leaves D.C. scrambling to pick up the pieces
Senate Democrats yesterday abandoned their summer efforts to pass a broad energy and climate bill, essentially declaring it dead for the year. But in a town where nothing stays down for long, advocates are already trying to determine what they can salvage. It remains unclear if Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has the votes to pass his smaller energy and Gulf-spill related bill before the August recess. Questions also loom about the dropped renewable electricity standard (RES) and other provisions from the bipartisan bill the Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved last year.