Senate Not Open to Oil-For-Renewable Package Reconciliation 1

Posted by Brad Johnson Wed, 05 Mar 2008 14:12:00 GMT

Despite earlier reports that the Senate was considering inclusion of the oil-for-renewable package (H.R. 5351) in its budget reconciliation, as the budget markup begins today, the filibuster-proof strategy has been taken off the table.

The National Journal reports:
While a Senate budget resolution is going to set aside $13.4 billion over five years for these renewable and efficiency credits – some of which expire this year – it merely signals that the issue is one of the priorities for Senate Democrats and does not forward debate over how to pay for those credits. . . a spokesman for Reid said he will not resurrect an energy tax debate until after lawmakers come back from the upcoming two-week Easter recess.

The Journal also reports that Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) has been tasked by Majority Leader Reid to attempt to find further Republican votes to establish a veto-proof majority for the package.

CQ Politics points to Sen. Landrieu as objecting to using reconciliation:
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu , D-La., for example, is against using the process to pass renewable-energy tax breaks if they lead to tax hikes on oil and gas companies.

Sen. Landrieu cast a deciding vote against the oil-for-renewable tax package during the 2007 energy bill debate.

National Journal
The decision by Senate leaders not to pursue a filibuster-proof budget reconciliation plan removes one option for moving billions of dollars of renewable energy and efficiency tax breaks funded by repealing incentives for oil and gas companies.

While a Senate budget resolution is going to set aside $13.4 billion over five years for these renewable and efficiency credits – some of which expire this year – it merely signals that the issue is one of the priorities for Senate Democrats and does not forward debate over how to pay for those credits.

A reconciliation bill would have sent detailed instructions to committees on how to pay for that spending and would have been immune to a filibuster.

The budget resolution also includes $3.5 billion in discretionary funding for energy above President Bush’s FY09 request, which Senate Budget Chairman Conrad touted as “a very big increase; I think the biggest increase in more than 30 years.”

Senate Democrats are trying to overcome Republican opposition to scaling back billions in incentives for oil and gas companies to pay for the popular renewable and efficiency credits. Democrats in December fell one vote short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster of a $21.8 billion proposal that reduced oil and gas incentives by about $13 billion.

A politically problematic $18 billion House-passed renewable energy tax proposal is pending, but few are optimistic that it could become law given a White House veto threat. This is leading to some brainstorming on other means of getting these credits extended quickly.

Majority Leader Reid has tasked Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., with helping find another Republican vote or two. Cantwell, who pushed for a one-year $5.5 billion renewable and efficiency tax package as part of a failed Finance Committee economic stimulus plan, said a similar smaller package should be considered. “There’s nothing preventing us from looking at the bigger package – see what the president does – but still work toward a smaller package too,” she said.

Cantwell said “the challenge is to still try to save investment in ‘08,” and extend the tax incentives within the next month or so.

This is the basic message of a broad coalition of businesses, renewable energy groups, environmentalists, labor unions and others who are taking advantage of an international renewable energy conference in Washington this week to do some cohesive lobbying to extend these credits by the end of the month.

But a spokesman for Reid said he will not resurrect an energy tax debate until after lawmakers come back from the upcoming two-week Easter recess.

Several industry officials say they are not requesting that Congress follow a particular strategy for quickly extending the renewable and efficiency incentives.

“We basically said Congress should figure this out,” said Dan Reicher, former assistant Energy secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy under President Clinton and now director of climate change and energy initiatives at Google.org.

“We have tried to stick to a pretty simple approach – extend the credits quickly and extend them for a long period of time.”

But the political problems associated with repealing the billions in oil and gas incentives means the solution to getting an extension through fast is potentially undefined.

“The answer is, you need some new and original thinking here,” said Marchant Wentworth, legislative representative for the Clean Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

While Cantwell has talked about doing a smaller package to gain support and possibly avoid a veto threat, Wentworth cautioned that there does not appear to be a magic number to achieve that.

“The question we all face is, are there new votes that you would get? These are leadership-driven; it’s unclear to me that lowering the incentives gets you anything,” he said.

In the meantime, a wide variety of groups and companies – including retail giant Wal-Mart, the Real Estate Roundtable, Dow Chemical and DuPont – are targeting congressional leaders and several Senate Republicans to vote for extending the credits regardless of whether it affects oil and gas company incentives.

Among Republicans being targeted are Sens. John Ensign of Nevada, John Sununu of New Hampshire, Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Richard Lugar of Indiana.

Lugar and Murkowski voted against the filibuster in December. Renewable energy groups might also get a rare chance to lobby Bush personally when he speaks today at the 2008 Washington International Renewable Energy Conference.

Trackbacks

This article's trackback address

Comments

Leave a response

  1. dongdong8 Sat, 30 Jun 2018 03:28:28 GMT
    ralph lauren michael kors outlet online fitflop true religion pandora charms air max 90 tory burch uk tory burch bags michael kors canada birkenstock outlet ray ban sunglasses coach factory online marc jacobs stussy hoodie polo ralph lauren ralph lauren polo shirts under armour outlet bvlgari rings ferragamo outlet adidas wings kate spade ralph lauren uk vendita maglie calcio nike blazer y3 shoes coach outlet online adidas ultra boost air jordan polo ralph lauren oakley sunglasses wholesale manchester united jersey off-white shoes wedding shoes nike outlet store belstaff jackets longchamp handbags air max adidas yeezy 350 michael kors ralph lauren christian louboutin swarovski ray ban cheap mlb jerseys pandora jewelry canada supreme uk soccer jerseys pandora jewelry air max 270 michael kors outlet clearance cheap nfl jerseys michael kors taschen fußballtrikots ermäßigung coach outlet mk purse new balance ray ban outlet nike shoes for men tory burch adidas slides adidas football boots ray ban nike lunarglide montblanc cartier jewelry air max plus nike shoes michael kors handbags coach outlet baseball jersey hermes belt giuseppe zanotti shoes hermes bags coach outlet store nike presto kobe 11 polo outlet nike uk michael kors handbags christian louboutin michael kors outlet pandora jewelry longchamp outlet bcbg michael kors uk burberry outlet flip flops adidas yeezy beats headphones jordan 4 louboutin air jordan coach handbags hollister outlet valentino shoes fitflops sale clearance michael kors outlet online kate spade oakley sunglasses cheap tory burch outlet nike tn ralph lauren links of london pandora charms audemars piguet ralph lauren canada goose coach handbags nfl jerseys air jordan shoes oakley vault prada handbags adidas originals carnival shoes nike epic react flyknit michael kors outlet clearance nike outlet online nike free burberry handbags christian louboutin ferragamo supreme michael kors handbags nhl jerseys lebron 15 camisetas de futbol replicas ray ban sunglasses nike free nike dunks nike air huarache cheap oakley sunglasses jordan shoes michael kors handbags hermes soccer shirts adidas outlet air jordan true religion jeans cheap nhl jerseys christian louboutin coach outlet coach outlet online jordans air max 97 louboutin shoes herve leger dresses mont blanc pens michael kors manolo blahnik timberland boots asics oakley sunglasses ralph lauren converse supra shoes air max puma slides air max 95 nike mercurial superfly nfl jerseys nike outlet cheap replica watches roshe run cheap jordan shoes nike outlet prada nike tennis miu miu shoes supreme paris coach outlet nike free run curry shoes adidas uk timberland boots coach outlet online nike shoes asics running shoes nfl jerseys adidas jeremy scott wholesale hats oakley sunglasses louboutin outlet jordan mbt shoes coach outlet online barcelona jersey adidas flip flops air force 1 puma fenty adidas nmd jordans true religion jeans nfl jerseys true religion jeans jordan 8 true religion jeans tory burch balenciaga shoes celine outlet rayban air jordan jordan 6 ray ban birkenstock sandals mulberry coach outlet store online hermes bags baseball bats nike uk michael kors outlet longchamp red bottoms balance shoes undefeated shoes superdry ray bans oakley sunglasses harden vol 2 montblanc pen nike outlet store nike roshe coach factory outlet scarpe mbt nike revolution gucci slides off-white timberland outlet rolex watches adidas outlet coach outlet cheap michael kors bags ralph lauren cheap nfl jerseys jordan 3 kate spade handbags coach adidas superstar swarovski jewelry kevin durant shoes givenchy handbags fingerlings monkey ray ban outlet coach pandora jewelry balenciaga triple s nike outlet store online nike factory new balance sandals oakley sunglasses adidas nmd columbia sportswear ralph lauren timberland camisetas de futbol baratas maglie calcio ferragamo shoes kate spade handbags van cleef & arpels jewelry nike cortez dolce & gabbana yeezy shoes coach factory outlet jordan retro prada outlet online hermes birkin bag basketball shoes kate spade outlet air max michael kors outlet online bottega veneta nike sb coach handbags polo outlet air jordan Fußballtrikots günstig converse shoes wholesale nfl jerseys cheap soccer jerseys longchamp handbags cheap jerseys mishka clothing soccer jersey fitflop cheap nba jerseys dior handbags flip-flops air max 2017 kobe 12 balenciaga sandals vans shoes adidas outlet vibram fivefingers supreme outlet longchamp outlet birkenstock sandals tag heuer watches breitling watches nike shox yeezy 500 coach outlet harden vol 1 air jordan 11 ray ban sunglasses coach outlet online pandora charms jordan xx9 christian louboutin outlet nike air force burberry canada coach outlet air max nike blazer ralph lauren air max 2018 mcm bag pandora jewelry ralph lauren air jordan 14 breguet watches polo ralph nfl jerseys beats by dre jordan 5 suicoke michael kors handbags kate spade purse longchamp vans shoes louboutin prada handbags true religion jeans malone souliers shoes coach outlet online cheap mlb jerseys cheap nfl jerseys jordans timberland boots birkenstock sandals coach outlet online fila shoes nike kyrie 3 mac cosmetics nike air max christian louboutin michael kors outlet nike flip-flops michael kors handbags stuart weitzman shoes running shoes cheap ray bans jordan 12 hermes outlet nike free nike huarache kate spade adidas stan smith dansko shoes michael kors handbags polo ralph lauren prada bags adidas shoes light up shoes flops juicy couture jordan shoes flipflops jordan pas cher oakley canada cheap mlb jerseys air jordan air max 1 maillot de foot longchamp maillot de foot jimmy choo coach outlet burberry alexander mcqueen shoes jordan 1 christian louboutin outlet converse shoes mizuno running shoes tod shoes polo outlet fitflops 20186.30wengdongdong
Comments