WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats plan to keep the Senate in session all night to talk about global warming.
At least 28 senators were expected to participate in the dusk-to-dawn talkathon, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada. But several Democrats who face tough re-election fights in the fall will not be there, such as Senators Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Democratic leaders have no plans to bring a climate bill to the Senate floor this year. House Democrats pushed a similar bill through in 2009, then lost their majority the following election.
Republican Senators Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas used similar marathon speeches last year — Paul to criticize U.S. drone policy and Cruz to go after the new health care law.