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WASHINGTON, DC - June 06: Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., entering door, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., prepare for a news conference on the climate change bill. The Senate's long-touted debate over legislation to combat global warming fizzled Friday before it ever really got started. Both parties had said they welcomed a wide-ranging debate on the measure (S 3036), but it never materialized. Instead, partisan jousting over judicial nominations and other issues ate up most of the week, and the Senate ground to a halt. By 48-36, a dozen votes short of the 60 needed, the Senate refused to invoke cloture on the substitute amendment that was to serve as the base legislation for the climate change debate. The bill is unlikely to come up again this Congress. Neither Barack Obama, D-Ill., nor John McCain, R-Ariz., their parties' presumptive presidential nominees, was present for the cloture vote, but other senators announced that both would have voted in favor of limiting debate. Similar announcements were made about Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and a few others who missed the vote. Boxer noted that the absent senators' votes would have brought the total to 54. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., derided Democrats for scrapping the bill. "The message is clear: The majority can't abandon this bill fast enough," he said. The bill was introduced by Boxer, Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and John W. Warner, R-Va. (photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly)

WASHINGTON, DC - June 06: Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., entering door, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman, D-Conn., and Senate Environment and Public Works Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., prepare for a news conference on the climate change bill. The Senate's long-touted debate over legislation to combat global warming fizzled Friday before it ever really got started. Both parties had said they welcomed a wide-ranging debate on the measure (S 3036), but it never materialized....
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