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Graham drama continues

By Juliet Eilperin

The current state of the compromise climate bill depends on which author is talking--Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ot Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.).

The three men met tonight to see if Graham was willing to rejoin the effort, after he became infuratiated with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for suggesting immigration reform should come first.

Kerry just posted a piece on Talking Points Memo saying talk of the bill's demise is premature.

However Graham told reporters after the meeting he was still angry at Reid for pushing the immigration issue at all during an election year.

"I think I have made it pretty clear that if you bring up immigration you are breaking faith with me," Graham told reporters in the Capitol.

And Reid spokesman Jim Manley maintains that "no determination has been made" on which issue will come up first, and the authors of the climate bill still need to get signoff from the relevant committee chairs before moving forward.

So the saga continues.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  April 26, 2010; 7:38 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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