Democratic senators ask White House to step back from cap and trade

12/28/2009 | Times (London) (subscription required), The

Senior Democratic lawmakers are urging President Barack Obama to scrap, or at least delay until after midterm elections, action on the climate-change bill that features a cap-and-trade mechanism. Sen. Kent Conrad of Nevada said that the legislation has "very poor prospects" of passing in an election year, while Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska said that it should be put on hold "until we work through the economy."

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