Democratic senators said Wednesday that they’ve had “productive conversations” with a handful of Republican lawmakers about supporting legislation to tax carbon dioxide emissions.
“We are in multiple productive conversations with Republicans in both chambers,” Democratic Hawaii Sen. Brian Schatz said at an event held at the conservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
Schatz would not name any of the Republicans he’s in talks with, fearing that naming them would scare off support.
Schatz and Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse introduced a carbon tax bill at AEI in the hopes of getting more conservatives to sign onto the plan. Whitehouse said they were in talks with “six to 10” Republicans.
They’ve got a big problem, though — their bill is almost certainly dead on arrival because most Republicans oppose a carbon tax.
President Donald Trump signed a campaign pledge opposing such a tax, and his administration has largely ignored efforts by self-described conservative groups to tax carbon dioxide.
Even the 25 Republican lawmakers that joined the House Climate Solutions Caucus have been silent on the bill. Caucus co-chair Republican Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo’s office did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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