Senate Watch: Baucus, Begich, Brown, Cardin, Graham, Gregg, Landrieu, Lieberman, McCain, Murkowski

Posted by Brad Johnson Tue, 09 Mar 2010 18:47:00 GMT

Max Baucus (D-Mont)

E&E News For this bill [green tax extenders], most of the activity is behind us. This bill reached its stride. We see the finish line ahead on Tuesday or so, and we expect a final push then.

Mark Begich (D-Alaska)

E&E News I felt I got a lot [from K-G-L] of what I needed, understanding the timetable and the schedule, and what sources will be regulated first, which won’t be.

Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio)

E&E News We want this bill to work for jobs. It’s ultimately an energy independence, jobs and environmental bill together. We don’t have details yet, but we’re making progress.

Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

E&E News There’s the potential for a broader coalition supporting this.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)

E&E News Offshore drilling and energy independence is essential to any bill I would support. There’s a way to drill for oil and gas offshore that will really lead to energy independence.

Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)

E&E News I think he’s [Kerry] trying to approach this in a creative way and I’m listening. It’s better than where they started.

Mary Landrieu (D-La) They [Kerry, Graham, Lieberman] are all on the same page as I am that partnership with the states needs to be established. The idea would be to open as much of the coast of the United States as possible and have appropriate revenue sharing levels, and we have to negotiate a lot of that.

Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.)

E&E News We’re going to have to go outside of our comfort zone. That’s how it’s going to get done.

John McCain (R-Ariz.)

E&E News You know I’m always deeply disturbed about the fact there’s no meaningful nuclear power component.

Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)

E&E News I’m saying that you want to have me sit down at the table and talk about what a strong domestic production piece is, you have to be willing to talk to me about ANWR. Pretty simpleā€¦ It’s kind of like feeling the elephant when you’ve got the blindfold on. The trunk feels entirely different than the tail and the leg. And right now, we’re just feeling maybe the trunk, and I want to know what the leg looks like and what the tail looks like.