Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)Â declared in an announcement on Saturday that he will be withdrawing his support for the â€œtri-partisanâ€ climate change legislation that was scheduled to be unveiled on Monday.
Why did Graham do this? Apparently it is because Senate Democrats also plan to pursue an immigration reform bill this session. Graham called the Obama administrationâ€™s focus on immigration reform, â€œa phonyâ€ to be accomplished in a â€œhurried, panicked manner.â€ But Democrats shot back, calling Grahamâ€™s hissy fit â€œphonyâ€ and suggested that he was trying to kill any attempt at immigration reform to aid his close friend Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).
Whatever the reasons behind Grahamâ€™s change of heart, it will likely kill any chances of climate change legislation for the next several years.
McCain has been in close negotiations with Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, to cobble together a real climate change bill, and all three senators had planned a press conference on Monday to discuss the bill. But now that is postponed indefinitely. Whatâ€™s mostÂ puzzling about Grahamâ€™s stance is that up until now he has been pressuring the Obama administration to take up immigration reform. And just weeks a go he wrote an editorial article with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), warning that our national security was at risk, as long as Congress stalls on reforming our "badly broken" immigration policies.
But now that President Obama and the Democrats indicated they would attempt to pass immigration reform, Lindsey Graham is throwing a hissy fit. Inquiring minds want to know why the sudden change of heart...