Harry Reid. (D-Nev.) said Tuesday that he and other senior lawmakers had drawn up a "rough draft" of climate and energy legislation to be introduced in two weeks.
"I now have a rough draft of what we're going to do," he told reporters. "I hope to be able to have a bill introduced [the] week after next."
President Obama has pushed Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to battle climate change and foster alternative and renewable energy sources this year, despite partisan tensions ahead of November midterm elections.
But his Republican foes offered no sign they would water down their opposition to an approach they have branded an "energy tax" on struggling consumers mired in a sour economy.
Reid said he had met with top Senate committee leaders and would consult with Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and the top White House official on fighting climate change, Carol Browner.
Reid said he was working with Senate Finance Committee Democrats to craft legislation that would curb pollution from the utility sector in a way that helps consumers, but declined to say whether it would cap the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause global warming.
The Senate leader also said the bill would include provisions to deal with cleanup and recovery from the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico oil spill, promote clean energy and job creation, and reduce consumption, "which is vital to anything we do."
Comment: Not only is this going to be an energy tax, but it will certainly kill jobs, or what remains of them, and will be the greatest corporate welfare give away to companies like General Electric and BP making the banker bailout look like chump change.
Americans of every ideology must stop the stupid and insane party politics and wake up to one significant fact; OUR US SENATORS WORK FOR SPECIAL INTERESTS GROUPS, NOT US!
If we haven't learned one thing during all of the war and bailouts and successive recessions is that we are getting screwed and the special interest are getting rich off of our tax dollars.
Only by repealing the 17th Amendment can we stop this criminal activity dead in its tracks.