Senate Democrats plan all-night session on climate

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Associated Press

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 1:04 PM

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.

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