Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act

Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) released on May 12, 2010 the discussion draft of a comprehensive bill (with summary) intended to create jobs, enhance national security, spur clean energy innovation, and protect the environment.

The road toward the American Power Act (APA) began on October 11, 2009, when Sens. Kerry and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) penned a joint opinion piece in The New York Times announcing their effort to work on comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. The article outlined the general policy measures they intended to incorporate to gain bipartisan support for the measure in the Senate.

Two months later, having built upon the op-ed, Sens. Kerry and Graham, now joined by Sen. Lieberman, introduced the Framework for Climate Action and Energy Independence in a letter to President Obama dated December 10, 2009.

Over the next several months, the trio of Senators reached out to colleagues in both parties, coalitions such as USCAP, and trade groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers to design a compromise document. Sen. Graham left the effort in late April 2010.

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