Dems Pass Energy Bill; Edwards Votes 'No'

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

In a triumph for President Barack Obama, the Democratic-controlled House has narrowly passed sweeping legislation calling for the nation's first-ever limits on pollution linked to global warming.

The bill also aims to usher in a new era of cleaner, yet more
costly energy.

The vote was 219-212, capping months of negotiations and days of
intense bargaining among Democrats. Republicans were overwhelmingly against the measure, saying it would cost jobs in the midst of a recession.

Democratic Texas Congressman Chet Edwards crossed party lines to vote against the bill. “I voted against the energy cap and trade bill, because I am concerned it could increase gasoline and utility costs for families, farmers and businesses during tough economic times," said Edwards.

"Addressing global warming is a laudable goal, but I respectfully disagree with President Obama and Speaker Pelosi on this bill and believe it could cost jobs and hurt the economy, especially in oil, gas and coal producing states such as Texas.”

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