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Senate Democrats plan all-nighter of speeches on climate change

From the March 11, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published March 11, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson

More than two dozen Democratic senators were expected to take part in an all-night session on the Senate floor Monday night to urge their fellow lawmakers in Congress to pass climate change legislation.

"Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in a statement announcing the event. "Congress must act. On Monday night we're going to show the growing number of senators who are committed to working together to confront climate change."

The session could last until about 9 a.m. on Tuesday, the organizers said.

Participants in the all-night session were to include four of the top Democrats in Senate leadership, reported Bloomberg news: Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Majority Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois, Vice Chair of the Democratic Conference Chuck Schumer (New York) and Secretary of the Conference Patty Murray (Washington).

Other participants in the event include Democratic Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (Rhode Island), Barbara Boxer (California), Dianne Feinstein (California), Ron Wyden (Oregon), Bill Nelson (Florida), Maria Cantwell (Washington), Ben Cardin (Maryland), Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), Mark Udall (Colorado), Tom Udall (New Mexico), Jeanne Shaheen (New Hampshire), Jeff Merkley (Oregon), Kirsten Gillibrand (New York), Al Franken (Minnesota), Richard Blumenthal (Connecticut), Chris Murphy (Connecticut), Martin Heinrich (New Mexico), Tim Kaine (Virginia), Elizabeth Warren (Massachusetts), Ed Markey (Massachusetts) and Cory Booker (New Jersey).

The senators said they would be tweeting throughout the night, using the hashtag #Up4Climate.



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